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Mission Creep Album Review: MOJO Magazine

Authentic Rootsy Debut Album

by John Aizlewood | MOJO Magazine | July 2023 issue

Damian Lewis
Mission Creep ★★★

DECCA. CD/DL/LP

Homeland actor’s authentic rootsy debut album.

In the ever-variable tradition of actors making records, Homeland/Billions star Damian Lewis is of the authenticity-seeking variety, i.e. he’s more Billy Bob Thornton than David Hasselhoff. This means covers of ‘Harvest Moon’ and, more predictably but more successfully, J.J. Cale’s ‘After Midnight,’ plus a clutch of warm, slightly jazzy originals in a similar rootsy vein. His voice is gently grizzled, whether adding grit to the otherwise supper-club ‘Wanna Grow Old in Paris’ or wigging out with reasonable conviction on ‘She Comes.’ Lyrically, he’s a touch too desperate for edge on ‘Soho Tango’ (“you took me to the toilet, gave me coke,” indeed); he seems to have a car accident in ‘Makin’ Plans,’ and there’s an all-round surfeit of sexual tension. But when everything gels on the excellent ‘Down on the Bowery’ and ‘Zaragoza,’ it’s really quite, yes, authentic.

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Mission Creep Album Review: Daily Mail

Heartfelt Songwriting Detour

by Adrian Thrills | Daily Mail | June 15, 2023

Mission Creep ★★★★

Damian Lewis knows exactly what he’s getting into here. ‘It’s just what the world needs… another record by an actor,’ says the film star, drily, of his new career as a singer-songwriter.

With fellow thespians Kiefer Sutherland, Hugh Laurie, Jeff Goldblum and Scarlett Johansson all having made albums in recent years — and Johnny Depp seemingly happiest with a guitar in his hands — he has a point.

But Lewis, 52, who played U.S. Marine Nicholas Brody in Homeland and Steve McQueen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, is moving into music with honourable intentions, and his debut album, Mission Creep, is nothing like a vanity project or midlife crisis.

A contemplative set of rock, folk and jazzy grooves, it’s a heartfelt affair with a natural feel.

After coming up with the songs, without co-writers, in lockdown, Damian was introduced to the London-based jazz musicians of Kansas Smitty’s House Band by the septet’s saxophonist Giacomo Smith, and it’s they who provide the bulk of the richly-varied backing here, with Smith and slide guitarist Dave Archer to the fore.

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Damian Lewis on His Debut Album

“Sod that, why can’t I have a go at something else?”

by James Hickie | Music Week | June 14, 2023

You may know him as the star of TV shows like Band of Brothers, Homeland and Billions, plus films like Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, but Damian Lewis is adding another string to his bow in 2023. This week, he releases his debut album, Mission Creep, via Decca Records.

The journey to this point began a long time ago. A fan of everyone from John Martyn and The Rolling Stones to Velvet Underground and Eddie Cochran, Lewis tried to write songs in his early twenties before his nerves got the better of him. “I didn’t feel comfortable doing it,” he tells Music Week. “I didn’t know how to do it, I wasn’t confident.”

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Damian Lewis on His Unlikely Rock Reinvention

A Really Happy Accident

by Neil McCormick | The Telegraph | June 10, 2023

Photo by: Rii Schroer for Universal Music

For his next trick, the Wolf Hall and Billions actor is turning rock star – and this time he’s not pretending. “Why doesn’t he stick to acting?!” says Damian Lewis, in a wry pantomime of outrage. The 52-year-old star of hit TV dramas from Band of Brothers to Billions, via Homeland and Wolf Hall, is anticipating the reaction to his boldest career move to date: on Friday, Lewis will release a debut album of his own songs.

“We’re notoriously bad at ­changing lanes in this country,” he says. “I’m fully aware of how dangerous it is for me, tiptoeing into another area of the arts. It’s a bit like standing up on top of the parapet going, ‘Right, take your shots, everyone; throw s— at me!’ ”

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Damian Lewis Talks Ed Nash Through the Songs That Soundtracked the Pivotal Moments in His Life

Nine Songs

by Ed Nash | The Line of Best Fit | June 9, 2023

Whilst his friends were exploring the worlds of Goth and Post-Punk, the young Lewis spent hours perfecting the Presley quiff and developing a lifelong love of ‘50s music. Fast forward to today and his acting career couldn’t be more different to his hero, rather than the missteps of The King of Rock and Roll’s film roles, Lewis’s body of work on screen and stage can only be described as illustrious.

Following his breakthrough as Major Richard Winters in Band of Brothers, he’s shapeshifted through a range of characters, from Homeland’s Nicholas Brody to a delightfully devious Henry VIII in Wolf Hall, bringing an old-school charisma each part, which came full circle with his take on Steve McQueen in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

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Blues & Soul Magazine Interview: Damian Lewis

Changing Lanes

by Lee Tyler | Blues & Soul Magazine | June 7, 2023

Brit actor Damian Lewis CBE [for services to drama] is probably best known for his gritty multi-award-winning performances in hit TV shows Homeland and Band of Brothers. As well as a mesmerizing Henry VIII portrayal in the award-nominated show Wolf Hall and the must-watch character performance in the primetime hit show, Billions. His undoubted talent has transferred seamlessly to the big screen with a plethora of standout roles, including his memorable portrayal of movie icon Steve McQueen in the Quentin Tarantino produced film, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. So what’s the next stellar role for the North London and often NYC-based 52-year-old multi-talented actor, presenter and producer? Well, how about another string to his bow and a right turn into another Lewis passion that may surprise a few with his natural talent with a foray into the world of music.

As an actor, you can never accuse Lewis of not giving his all so when it comes to music and his debut album “Mission Creep,” be prepared for something very special. I’ll now let the singer/songwriter/guitarist himself fill you in on the finer points of his rootsy, blues, rock, jazz, folk and everything in between new long-player, as well as give us the lowdown on what drove his 2020 lockdown inspired desire to start writing songs, cut an authentically styled album and play a set of live dates as he takes time out of his busy schedule to share all on a recent Zoom call with yours truly.

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Damian Lewis Announces Additional UK Tour Dates

UK Tour 2023

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 6, 2023

Damian has announced UK tour dates for 2023! He is going to be playing up and down the UK at a selection of iconic venues with his magnificent band. You can order his debut album Mission Creep from his official music store here. He will see you all in your home towns!

SEPTEMBER
Saturday, September 9, 2023 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham – 25 Goldsmith Street – 7:30 p.m.
—with special guest Lydia Prettyman
Friday, September 15, 2023 – Town Hall, Birmingham – Victoria Square – 8:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Saturday, September 16, 2023 – The Gate, Cardiff – Keppoch Street – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Sunday, September 17, 2023 – Thekla, Bristol – The Grove – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Friday, September 29, 2023 – The Old Market, Brighton – 11A Upper Market Street Hove – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Band on the Wall, Manchester – 25 Swan Street – 7:00 p.m.
—with special guest Kitty Liv

OCTOBER
Sunday, October 1, 2023 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds – 33 Queen’s Road – 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT!)
—with special guest Kitty Liv
Saturday, October 7, 2023 – Sage 2, Gateshead – St. Mary’s Square – 7:00 p.m.
—Sage 2 now called The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

NOVEMBER
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – The Haymarket, Basingstoke – Wote Street – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 6, 2023 – The Stables, Milton Keynes – Stockwell Lane, Wavendon – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 9, 2023 – The Concorde, Eastleigh – Stoneham Lane – 9:00 p.m.

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Damian Lewis Releases Third Single and Music Video: Makin’ Plans

Makin’ Plans

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 19, 2023

Today Damian released his third single and official music video, this time for the track ‘Makin’ Plans’ performed live at Hoxton Hall on March 3, 2023. Download the newest single from any music service you use, from iTunes and Spotify to Amazon Music here. You can also view his two previous official music videos for ‘Down on the Bowery’ and ‘Zaragoza’ here. Damian’s debut album Mission Creep is set to be released June 16, 2023 and can be pre-ordered from several outlets here. View Studio Photoshoot and Album Artwork Gallery here.

Upcoming shows include Black Deer Fest on June 16, Rough Trade East (includes album signing!) on June 19 and Union Chapel on July 11 in London. Don’t miss out, get your tickets now!

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Damian Lewis Releases Second Single and Music Video: Zaragoza

Live From Hoxton Hall

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 28, 2023

Damian has released his second official music video, this time for the track ‘Zaragoza’ performed live at Hoxton Hall on March 3, 2023. Listening and download options here. You can also view his first official video for ‘Down on the Bowery’ here.

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Down on the Bowery Official Video Shoot: Behind the Scenes

Mission Creep: Down on the Bowery

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 19, 2023

Photo Cred: Damian Lewis

A tidbit more information for our readers: Damian’s first ever official music video ‘Down on the Bowery’ was shot at Brooklyn Bowl in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. You can watch the video below or on YouTube and pre-order his album here. View more behind the scenes photos from the video shoot in our Gallery here.

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Damian Lewis is On TikTok

Profile: @damianlewis_official 

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 13, 2023

Damian is now on TikTok here! He wrote, “I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new creative venture…Down on the Bowery is out today!” You can also follow Damian’s music on TwitterInstagramFacebook, Spotify and his VEVO channel on YouTube.

@damianlewis_official

Hi TikTok. I’m delighted to announce the launch of a new creative venture… Down On The Bowery is out today! #damianlewis #newmusic #billions #homeland

♬ Down on the Bowery – Damian Lewis

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Damian Lewis Music: Download Singles, Pre-Order Album and Watch Official Videos

Mission Creep Singles: Down on the Bowery, Zaragoza, Makin’ Plans, She Comes

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | April 13, 2023

Photography: Rhys Frampton. Artwork: Charlie Drinkwater, Drinkwater Studios

Damian’s first ever single ‘Down on the Bowery,’ his second single ‘Zaragoza,’ his third single ‘Makin’ Plans’ and his fourth single ‘She Comes’ are out now and available for listening or download from several music services including, Napster, Pandora, Tidal, Amazon Music, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and YouTube here. His debut studio album titled ‘Mission Creep’ can be pre-ordered from the same previous link, as well as Target stores or you can go directly to the Damian Lewis Music Store here. If you order before Tuesday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m. BST, you will receive an exclusive pre-sale access code (by April 18 at 10:00 p.m. BST) to his Union Chapel show on July 11 in London. The official release date of his album is June 16, 2023. You can also pre-order the album from Rough Trade as CD/vinyl and Amazon Music as MP3 or CD/vinyl. Don’t forget about the double-sided vinyl singles release of ‘Zaragoza’ and ‘Never Judge a Man by His Umbrella’ out on Saturday, April 22 for Record Store Day! It’s a chance to hear more songs prior to his album release. View Studio and Album Gallery here.

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