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Mamajamas

1993 – 2007

The Mamajamas are brothers Nick and Andy Thompson and many drummers. Live they are known for their bass driven manic power onslaught, that usually ends with at least one badly wounded guitar! They have played extensively on the London scene chiefly at The Barfly and Bull and Gate, Dublin Castle and Kings Head.The Mamajamas were originally formed of a love of Dirk Wears White Sox era Adam and the Ants, by the brothers Thompson and friends Ed Cain, ‘Chimpy’ Chas Evershed and Melanie Wall. This incarnation survived numerous line-up changes, releasing 5 singles (the first being recorded at the now famous Toe Rag studios and engineered by Liam Watson) plus an album looking for a trend, whilst courting the interest of former Kinks Manager Larry Page. Until finally calling it a day in October 1999, following a momentous gig with the Damned’s Captain Sensible and then drummer Spike at the Widemouth Surf club, Cornwall due to the departure of long-time drummer Chimpy Chasmo. However not down for long with new drummer John Merino in tow, the Jamas returned in 2001 with two quick fire singles and album Not in Season, during a ‘mad year’ of frenetic gigging largely at Camdens Barfly, with support roles from the Bull and Gate, Kentish Town and Kings Head in Fulham only to split for good following a headline spot with Kenisis in December of the same year. That seemed to be that, before Ponyland records overhead said Not in Season album at a party and decided to re-issue the album there and then, sparking the Thompson brothers back into life. This is not all however, as the band were back in the studio in July 05 to record their first new material in 4 years in the shape of the play harder play faster ep, together with the bands ‘singles’ album 1995-2005. Since then the brothers have been working on new material and rehearsing for a live comeback early in 2007. For more info: www.mamajamas.co.uk We sincerely hope you hear something you like and would be interested in helping us push the Mamajamas forward.“We are looking for the kind of deal the Hives got with Alan McGee, an album ‘Frankensteined’ out of all the best material we’ve amassed.”