Tom Lumley – Interview

We had a chat with musician Tom Lumley recently, to celebrate the release of his new single Crawling. It looks like he has more music coming soon as well – find out more below!

By Jane Howkins

You released a new single recently which was called Crawling. Why did you decide on that title, and what can you tell us about the track?

We decided on the title Crawling as its a word that stood out the most to us in the song. The track is about people in toxic relationships where they know they need to get out but just can’t make themselves do it.

Do you have any more singles planned for release in the near future? How do you pick which tracks you release as singles?

We have a brand new single on the way very soon. It’s a hard one as we have a lot of material floating around but the next single just stood out to us and we knew we had to record it.

You released your debut EP last year titled Dream City. How was the reception to that, and what can you tell our readers about it if they haven’t heard it yet?

The reception was better than we ever imagined. It’s really pushed on to keep touring and releasing music.

Do you have any plans to release a full length album in the near future, or will it be another EP you release next? What can you tell us about your next release?

Not as of yet. For now we’re just going to be sticking with releasing a few singles to see the reaction we get and to keep building the fan base up.

Do you have any tour dates coming up? If so, when and where?

We have a long run of tour dates staring on November 2nd up and down the country.

You’ve played quite a lot of festivals over the last couple of years – how do you find playing a festival differs to a normal gig and which do you prefer? What are your favourite ones to go to, either as a performer or as a punter?

They’re very different because you know you’re going to potentially walk on stage to a lot of people that have never heard of you before. It’s very similar to support slots where you’re trying to win over a crowd. I’d probably say I prefer festivals simply because I grew up going to them and the dream was always to play festivals. Benicassim in Spain is the one that has a big place in my heart.

You’re originally from Cambridge, perhaps more well known for its academia than its music. What is the music scene like there and are there any local acts you can recommend to our readers?

The music scene in Cambridgeshire at the moment is insane and is really starting to make a name for itself in the industry. There’s so many bands I’d highly recommend but Oscar Corney and The Extons are well up there for me.

What sort of stuff influences you most, and what have you been listening to recently?

Anything really, we listen to pretty much anything but I’d say my main influences are the likes of The Amazons and Catfish and The Bottlemen. At the moment I’m really hooked on a punk band called Strange Bones.

Why do you think people should come and see you perform or buy the album, and what can fans expect from one of your shows?

I like to think we give 110% at every show we play so if fans like to see a band going for it on stage with a lot of energy then I’d definitely say to come catch one of our shows. We don’t hold anything back and like to get the crowd involved as much as possible.

Any last words for the fans?

We’re so grateful for all the support we’ve had so far and hope we can keep this crazy journey going.