Having kicked off 2020 with the release of the simply sublime Cinema in January, TOM JOSHUA has today released another new single in the form of Knock on a Hollow.
Both tracks will feature on Tom’s debut EP, Undergrowth, to be released later this year. Produced by Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Billie Marten, British Sea Power), the 4-track EP is an expansive collection of songs that dwell on nostalgia and reality.
Tom Joshua is adept at imagining himself in situations and writing from the emotion that evolves. Tiny snippets of life that once would stay fragmented and forgotten are committed to record via his lyrics. Knock on a Hollow is driven by rhythm. Bright and bouncing, the song blossoms into an indie anthem and demonstrates the power in Tom’s rallying and evocative lyrics.
Growing up in a small village in Stockton on Tees, Tom Joshua takes a wealth of inspiration from his surroundings. The North East as a whole has always been a fertile ground for artistic growth; a mix of leftover industries and the long-felt effects of disproportionate government policy. Middlesbrough and the towns and cities nearby are stoic in their self-sufficiency, their history, and their respect for often overlooked beauty on the doorstep.
Tom’s love of harmonies stems from an early appreciation of Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac and more recently Sigur Ros, melded together with potent lyricism inspired by favourites such as Nick Drake, Feist and Big Thief. There’s an innate warmth to Tom’s writing that makes you feel like you’re part of the story he’s painting; part of his world, and welcome no matter what.
Having played various support and warm-up shows throughout 2019, Tom Joshua has been announced on the line up for Stockton Calling and Deer Shed Festival this year, alongside making his London headline debut at The Slaughtered Lamb on 16th April. Tickets for all dates are available from Tom’s official website.