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Tom The Lion New Video

Posted by Lauren Truby On July - 22 - 2014

 Tom The Lion

 

Tom the Lion is an enigma. Unafraid to experiment, yet with a gift for classic song writing, he might just prove to be one of the UK’s singular songwriters, in a lineage of the greats from Nick Drake to Mark Hollis to Thom Yorke.

Tom the Lion is a young Londoner who writes, plays and produces every note of his material – a uniquely rich tapestry of sonics and songs.

All of which is a quite a long way from Leamington Spa, where Tom was born and made his initial musical explorations. The first of those were at the piano, on which he took some rather unwilling lessons, and he played some trumpet, under the gaze of his father, who plays jazz saxophone in various bands.

Education arrived on record both from esoteric figureheads, but also from masters of the melodic. “I had quite a strong Jazz influence from my Dad when I was growing up, we’d listen to lots of Miles Davis and Chet Baker. But always alongside more classic songwriters. My mum was a big fan of Rickie Lee Jones and Bob Dylan, very melodic songwriters with high production values. So inevitably, those things are reference points somewhere.”

Much closer to home, inspiration turned out to be just across the street when his father organized a drum lesson with this guy and was literally hooked from that point on. That signaled Tom’s introduction to the road, playing drums in bands from the age of 15 and looking up to stellar session men like Steve Gadd. “That was when I realised that perhaps it wasn’t about being one of those top session guys,” recalls Tom. “It was about trying to make music.”

Now getting Radio 1 plays and receiving good reviews on his sell out American tour. Tom plans to tour this Autumn in the UK.

Live dates:

July 16 – SOFAR Brighton

Aug 7 – Haldern Pop Germany

Aug 16 – Winterfuhr, Switzerland

Sept 8 – Hoxton Bar supporting Scarlette Fever

http://www.tomthelion.com

 

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