He sold his family’s possessions to get a quick fix.

At 15, nothing could stop guitarist Jamie Hamilton’s rampant heroin addiction.

Christmas presents, food and money all disappeared as a result of a habit he began to try to impress his older friends on the Buttershaw Estate in Bradford where he grew up.

On a seemingly never-ending downward spiral, it was music that proved to be his saviour and help him turn his life around.

Now he is one fifth of rock band Warme, who he joined with his brother Craig, the band’s other guitarist.

Together with Lee Walsh on vocals, Macaulay Haywood on bass and Lewis Knight on drums, they are now preparing to release their first album, Council Opera House.

Jamie, 38, who is relishing his part in the band, explained how the drug took hold.

“I started hanging about with the wrong crowd and everything just escalated,” he said.

“I started taking heroin as a way to get in with the older boys, who took it. I did a lot of things I’m not proud of. I used to go thieving.

“It had a big effect on my relationship with my family – I didn’t really talk to my family while I was addicted, including Craig.”

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It was the sound of a guitar that urged him to try beat his demons.

“My brother started hanging around with Lee, who was being taught guitar by my brother. I was trying to get myself clean and hearing him play made me think that I wanted a bit of that. I taught myself chords and then decided to lock myself in my room for several days.

“I was climbing the walls and was in a lot of pain. I only had Bob Marley’s Legends CD to listen to which got me through it. On the fourth day the physical pain stopped and I just had the mental side to deal with. I’d actually managed to work while I was addicted but after I got clean I lost my job, so I used the next year to learn guitar, with Craig teaching me scales.

“Since I got clean, I’ve never looked back.”

In 2000, he joined what was to become Warme.

“My brother was in a band but it didn’t work out with his guitarist so I just said “are you going to let me in then or not?” It was great. I started buying nice clothes and going out. We toured pubs to begin with but ended up gigging across Europe. We supported the Henry Rollins band in Slovenia.

Prolific musician, Ian McLagan, keyboard player with the Small Faces.
Prolific musician, Ian McLagan, keyboard player with the Small Faces.

“In 2002 we got a record deal so went out to Madrid with Ian McLagan of Small Faces, which was fantastic.”

However, it was there the dream turned sour.

“We got ripped off by the producer and never got our mastered tracks. It was too much for us and we disbanded.”

But their second chance came one year and a half ago.

“We were all bored and decided to give it another go. We re-recorded our tracks and some new ones and began putting our album back together. We’ve been gigging and are now building up our tour to promote our album, which I think is great, to be honest. We released a single called Council House Opera and one that I wrote, New Man, will be out on February 12. It’s very rewarding to know that this is my writing.

“We all write but I guess that my lyrics can sometimes be different to the other guys because my experiences are so different to the others.”

Jamie said, grinning: “Sometimes they wonder what I’m talking about.”