artist of the week

Harico. - ARTIST OF THE WEEK

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harico. have burst onto the Birmingham scene with wide influence and a honed dynamic and are turning heads wherever they play. Three flatmates at the University of Birmingham began noodling over demos as soon as they met, and quickly developed a loyal following gigging locally after adding an astrophysicist drummer to the ranks. Their sideways approach to indie music has drawn comparisons to the art rock of Everything Everything with the new wave sensibilities of Depeche Mode and a disco streak that the Bee Gees wouldn’t be ashamed of. Their first EP release with support from MAS records, Bloodline, was met with acclaim and excitement for what the group have in store and earnt them a prestigious slot on the New Street Records roster.

Falsetto vocals, driving bass and dizzying synthesizers are taking harico. in a fresh direction on Curl, and with sophisticated song writing to boot Curl promises to push the guys to the next level, with refined production from New Street’s producer Matt Haddon. Their first release with New Street Records is a tantalising hors d'oeuvre of things to come as harico. look to build on their formidable live reputation with a series of releases. Curl takes an introspective and honest look at individuals making sense of a chaotic and uncertain time for the world, and how we need to overcome the natural ‘cover your eyes and hold your nose’ approach to deal with the problems leaving our world on a knife-edge.

Following the release, harico. have a busy summer planned with slots at ValeFest and Door2Door Festival and plan to get back into the studio as soon as possible.

THOMA - ARTIST OF THE WEEK #1

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THOMA is the alias of singer songwriter Tom Johnston.  His ambient electro-pop sound has caused ripples within the music scene and received backing from industry professionals. Influenced by the likes of Soul legends such as Whitney Houston, Phil Collins and Luther Van Dross; Tom began writing songs that created a blend of immensely powerful vocals and smooth electro beats. Tom started performing at open mic nights and small pubs and clubs. I was lucky enough to hear him live for the first time at an Open Mic night hosted in Medway.  I was absolutely blown away by his performance then, and it is no surprise that his original material has been met with acclaim and that his following has started to grow rapidly.

 “Serious vocals and so beautiful, that is how you make an impression with your music”

Abbie McCarthy - BBC Introducing Kent

 “THOMA is destined for bigger and better things”

Born Music

“With strong songs and an even stronger voice, THOMA is a true original and is bound for great things”

Art Will Fall

 “‘What Went Wrong‘ really showcases Tom’s incredible vocal range. This man has soul. No question about it.”

Southend Who

 THOMA began recording and releasing various singles and EP’s produced by Rees Greenfield at SS2 Recording in Southend. His first single release was titled ‘Wild Love’ and it began to turn even more heads as it offered something entirely unique.  Here is a live session of the track:

 After the success of his first release he then went on to release ‘What Went Wrong’ and then his debut EP ‘Bouquet.’ The EP was influenced by artists such as Troye Sivan, Oh Wonder, Halsey and NAO. It is no surprise that this received heaps of support from BBC Introducing as the blend of electro-pop and powerful soul vocals instantly entice and captivate listeners.

 

 Upcoming performances:

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Tom is multi-talented and not only does he have the ability to write songs but to perform them as well. This lead him to supporting Youth Club’s 2018 tour appearing at 02 Academy Islington and Chinnery’s in Southend. Both of these shows were sold out and lead to further opportunity for Tom to perform for Sofar Sounds in London.  

 

We have added Thoma to our Spotify playlist and we urge all of you that have not yet listened to Thoma to do so now. Right now! He is a deserved first artist on our Artists of the week feature.