Tom Grennan is our Listener Recommendation on today’s show and introduced by our listener Jamie. Jamie recommended this track and as a result is now firmly friend of the show. If you think you’ve got taste as good as Jamie’s then you can place your Listener Recommendation right here – go right on ahead.
So what did we learn today?
- Blake Mills has a producing pedigree second to none and he has played with some of the greats.
- Despite Sean Lennon’s musical heritage Tobin thinks he is “contrived”.
- Prince Buster has been a massive influence, and in fact even gave Madness their name.
- Devo are better than The Stones.
- If I’m Unworthy Blake Mills
- Princess Diamond (feat. Kelsey Bulkin & MADE IN HEIGHTS) Kero Uno
- The Monolith of Phobos The Claypool Lennon Delirium
- Hard Man Fe Dead Prince Buster
- This is the Age Tom Grennan
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction Devo
- Seven Blake Mills
Tom Grennan‘s new LP – Lighting Matches
Born in 1995 to father (builder) and mother (teacher), Tom Grennan was an aspiring footballer as a youngster and played for Luton Town and tried out for Aston Villa and Northampton Town.
Obscure musical beginnings for Tom Grennan
Apparently, and according to himself, Tom’s musical beginnings are hazy. He remembers singing a Kooks track at a party and was encouraged by his friends to take up music. Playing accompanied by his acoustic guitar in pubs around London for three years, Tom was eventually picked up by an Insanity Records rep. After a debut EP, and as listener Jamie so rightfully said, Tom was featured on a Chase and Status track and was voted Hottest Record on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show. A big break for Tom. As a result of this, he has been featured on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland. Tom Grennan’s new LP is also available on super-delicious red vinyl.
With a cocksure swagger, Grennan’s assured debut makes Bedford sound like HollywoodNME Magazine
With an admirable 4 out of 5 stars rating from NME, Tom’s debut LP Lighting Matches is set to put him on the right path. Whether or not this is enough to get him there is yet to be seen. It certainly lights the touch paper. The strength of his cross-generational and genre-hopping appeal has helped him sell out venues such as the Brixton Academy even before the wax was released. This debut isn’t perfect, but it at least marks out his territory and sets the stage for things to come. We feel Tom Grennan knows exactly what he’s doing. However, he may have the voice but he has yet to find the magic to set himself apart from the other chart wallers. Good luck Tom, we’ll watch your career with gusto.
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