MISSION CREEP: Happy Release Day, Damian Lewis!


The day we’ve been anticipating for months has arrived. Damian’s album Mission Creep is here! We’re thrilled to be a tiny part of this fantastic adventure and proud to share today’s Press Release! (ps. I, of course, took the liberty to decorate the press release with pictures)


“Romantic, offbeat, witty, wise, very touching and unarguably accomplished.” – Daily Telegraph

“Lewis’s songs are beautifully written and performed” – The Line Of Best Fit  

“Rootsy” – MOJO 

“Proves to be a highly compelling, eclectic endeavour” – Music Week 

“Be prepared for something very special” Blues and Soul 







Decca Records is thrilled to release the debut album from Damian Lewis, out today. Entitled  ‘Mission Creep’, the album features debut single ‘Down On The Bowery, bluesy ‘Zaragoza  and new single ‘She Comes’, all out now.  

“Mission Creep is a rootsy, bluesy, folky, rocky set of songs about love and life, in which his  soulful high tenor voice flows with ease through a textured web of instrumentation” (The  Daily Telegraph) 

Photo: Rhys Frampton

Speaking about the release of his debut album, Damian Lewis explains:

“My album Mission  Creep was written at a very particular time in my life. So sure, there are some personal,  tender sounds in here, but my first real music love was 50s rock ‘n’ roll and so I hope  there’s songs that are gonna make you wanna sing and dance too. It’s rootsy and bluesy  and recorded with my magnificent band who bring a jazz vibe with them, but it ain’t a jazz  album. It’s… well… a collection of songs with a varied vibe, held together beautifully by my  producer, Giacomo Smith. We’re really proud of it and we’re excited to share it with the  world. Am I nervous? Sure. But ‘He who dares, wins, Rodney, he who dares, wins…’”

The album’s origin story begins when Lewis, after leaving school, swapped the rigorous day to-day regime that had dominated his life for 10 years for something altogether less  structured. He took to the road with his guitar and went busking through continental  Europe. This experience has stayed with Damian ever since and is reflected in his debut  album. 

photo: Rhys Frampton

Acting of course took over, and took off. Lewis kept his hand in, playing the odd wrap party as part of a scratch band, but the idea of actually making a record only came to him during  Lockdown. With the time and space away from a busy acting schedule the star was able to  throw himself into playing and writing songs, and the ideas started to flow. Damian was  taken back to the time he played the guitar every day, but with the additional maturity and  experience that an eventful life has given him.  

“I wanted the album to give a sense of a journey to this point, from busking ‘til now.” –  Damian Lewis

Lewis linked up with one of today’s most exciting jazz musicians, Giacomo Smith, who in  turn introduced Lewis to a collection of brilliant musicians, many of whom had played with  Smith in the hugely loved and admired Kansas Smitty’s House Band. Lewis formed his band  and early shows at London’s Omeara and KOKO gave him a first sense of what leading a  band in front of a live audience could feel like. “It helps that the players are all insanely  accomplished,” Lewis said. 

Damian at Hoxton Hall, March 3, 2023

A festival appearance at Wilderness last year led to more live shows. Packed gigs at London’s The Tabernacle and Hoxton Hall resulted in glowing reviews from the crowds and the critics  who described Lewis as “a compelling performer apparently in his element” (Telegraph  ★★★★) as he“wowed the crowd” (Times ★★★★). A label battle for his signature  ensued.  

Following his performance at Black Deer Festival on June 16th, Damian will then play a sold out showcase at Rough Trade East on June 19th, before performing his biggest headline show to date at London’s Union Chapel on July 11th. Damian will then embark on a tour  across the UK, stopping in Gateshead, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Brighton,  Manchester and Leeds. Tickets are available here.

Commenting on Damian’s music and his debut album, Co-Presidents of Decca Label Group,  Tom Lewis and Laura Monks, say:

“We are so delighted that Damian chose Decca. His  songwriting is poetic, poignant and deeply personal. The album, recorded just down the road  in Kentish Town, has a raw and refreshing honesty to it. Damian really opens his heart and  invites us in. It is a thing of great beauty.” 

photo: Rhys Frampton

2023 US Live Date:  

July 19th – Mercury Lounge, New York  

2023 UK Live Dates: 

June 16th – Black Deer Festival 

June 19th – Rough Trade East, London SOLD OUT 

July 11th – Union Chapel, London 

September 9th – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham 

September 15th – Town Hall, Birmingham  

September 16th – The Gate, Cardiff 

September 17th – Thekla, Bristol  

September 29th – The Old Market, Brighton  

September 30th – Band On The Wall, Manchester  

October 1st – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 

October 7th – Sage 2, Gateshead DATE CHANGE  



Author: Damianista

Academic, Traveler, Blogger, Runner, Theatre Lover, Wine Snob, Part-time New Yorker, and Walking Damian Lewis Encyclopedia :D Procrastinated about a fan's diary on Damian Lewis for a while and the rest is history!

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