Recently signed to Sony’s Relentless Records, Tom Walker was born in Scotland and raised in Manchester on his father’s extensive record collection – drawn to artists like Ray Charles, The Police and Bob Marley. He’s spent the past few years honing his sound, landing in a house-share with twelve other musicians (including members of Whilk & Misky), jamming together in their home-built, soundproof studio.
What has emerged from this environment is Tom’s newest release ‘Play Dead’ – a distinctive, engaging track that immediately conjures comparisons with some of the seminal and brightest crossover singer- songwriters coming out of the UK – Finley Quaye, Hozier, Paulo Nutini and even 21 Pilots in places. Tom has already crafted a remarkably soulful signature, blended with heavier beats and carefully thought-out, understated samples. It’s a track of the kind of polish and ambition that surely marks Tom out as a definite one to watch for this year. Already finding critical acclaim from the more considered tastemakers in Pigeons & Planes and Clash as well as BBC Radio1, BBC 1Xtra and Beats1, the influencers are united in what they see as a major new talent.
Tom went from supporting Maverick Sabre, Samm Henshaw and Gallant, bolstering a growing number of festivals including British Summer Time in Hyde Park, Secret Garden Party, The Great Escape and Live At Leeds, to then sell out his first ever headline show on the same day that his last single hit 1 million streams on Spotify alone. Tom is now working on his debut full-length, which is to be announced soon.
Tom Walker plays The Sunflower Lounge Birmingham on Wed 1st February 2017 as part of Independent Venue Week #IVW17, with support from Grafton Ash and Ryan Sparrow. Tickets available here.
Listen to ‘Play Dead’ below:
This event is presented by Birmingham Promoters.