Sunday Spotlight: The Tomicks

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1. Hello! Who are you, where are you from and all that good stuff.

We’re The Tomicks – Tom, Debs and Nick. Debs and I are from London, Nick’s from Manchester!

2. Tell us a bit about the music you make.

We’re hugely inspired by the 60s and 70s. Big fans of The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Elton John – the list goes on and on! Our signature sound is really Nick’s incredible piano playing, my deeply personal lyrics, lots of guitars, big drums and rich vocal harmonies. This is music from the heart and should be the antidote to stuff that’s very manufactured and has been written by a team of 12 people trying to find the most scientifically catchy hook likely to get lots of streams online. Of course, we want to share our music with people and to play live but it is, above all, a passion and a wonderful way of expressing ourselves. Writing our own material is key. Apart from that, it’s the melody that is of key importance to our music. Whether joyous or sad, we focus on writing melodies.

Our EP comprises three tracks. Break Up Anthem is about those couples who are on and off. One minute they’re breaking up bitterly but the next they’re back together and, in their heart of hearts, they know they’ll end up with each other. I try to channel John Lennon in the vocals. Nick plays great Hammond organ on it, as he does on many of our tracks. There’s also a brilliant sax solo on it. I know Liam Gallagher says saxophone is creepy but he’d probably change his mind if he heard this.

Candlelight is just a joyous record. Sonically it’s very inspired by the Eagles and the Southern California rock sound of the 70s. It’s the perfect song to put on in the car when the sun is shining or at a wedding. It’s a love song that I wrote about Debs but the lyrics could apply to everyone and just a happy feel to them. Nick’s piano solo is wonderful on it and I think we did a great job on the harmonies. It’s one of my favourite tracks on our album.

Hair Clip might be my favourite. I would say it because it’s a deeply personal love song about my relationship with Debs. I don’t think I could write a better love song for her. It sums up everything I feel about her and how lucky I am to have her in my life. The Hammond organ playing on it from Nick is tear inducing, I think. It’s one of my performances on the drums that I am most pleased with. It builds up at the end to a wonderful crescendo with huge harmonies. It’s one of those songs I don’t think I’d ever get tired of listening to.

3. When did you start and what made you want to start making music?

Debs and I work in fashion and ended up becoming friends with Elton’s drummer, Nigel Olsson, through making him clothing. He inspired me to take up playing drums and singing at the same time! I met Nick backstage at an Elton gig, when we were visiting Nigel. Nick’s an incredible piano player and the first friend I’ve ever had who’s as passionate about exactly the same rock n’ roll music that I am! I had never written a song before last year but I love the process. Nick comes up with some initial chords and I write out a pretty much finished set of lyrics, then we meet and put together a song, with me working out the vocal melody as Nick continues to write on the piano. It’s truly collaborative and, every time we have done it, we have always produced something we’re really proud of.

Writing this original material became so important to me that Debs and I gave up savings we put aside for our mortgage to get this record made. I don’t regret it for one minute and I don’t think I ever will, even if our music never gets heard by many people. We are ambitious though and we’re going to work as hard as we possibly can to make The Tomicks as a success as well as something we love doing.

4. Stage or studio?

We had a blast making our first EP and LP at the legendary Village Recorder in LA. That was an amazing experience that could turn out to be once in a lifetime but hopefully will not. That said, we love playing live. It is was up to me, I’d be playing a gig 365 times a year! We’ve got our first shows coming up in London over December and January and we can’t wait.

5. What gear do you use to make your tunes?

DW drum kit, a variety of guitars and basses, grand piano, Hammond organ, keys and, of course, microphones for killer vocals and big harmonies!

6. And what is your choice bit of gear and why?

The Vic Firth Balistiks that I play drums with. They’re custom made for Nigel and he gives them to me after he’s used them once at a show!

7. Where can we check out your tunes?

On our website, Soundcloud, Spotify and iTunes.

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