Interview – Tom Harrington

I recently reviewed Tom Harrington’s latest EP, Be There Soon. The singer-songwriter has a really fresh sound to his music, sounding absolutely fabulous! If you like what you read below, make sure you check the EP out!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released an EP titled Be There Soon, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the EP and where can it be purchased? What does the title refer to?

My EP Be There Soon is named after track one, which stems from trying to find my way back to my partner after border closures forced us apart for 6 months. It’s a list of all the little reasons why I keep falling in love with her and the reasons I will always travel back to her after gigs/tours etc.

It’s available on all streaming platforms, as well as a CD (available on my website).

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The biggest impact the pandemic has caused for me is enormous financial stress with months of gigs cancelled. On the flip side to that, it gave me time to get my EP prepared and recorded, which is a great silver lining.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It’s very different for each song. Typically I’ll come up with something I like on guitar and record that into a demo, then look back through my notes to find lyrics I’ve written at 2am in bed and see what fits. I often have the song demos finished before I actually know how to play and sing the song together acoustically.

Do you plan to release any singles in the near future?

Not yet, but I’m definitely working on them. As mentioned, the financial strain makes recording quite difficult.

Have you started writing for another EP or an album?

I’m always writing. I plan to road test the next releases a little more this time to make sure the songs hit well live!

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I love folk music and basically any great storyline told in an interesting way instrumentally catches me. The likes of Caamp are amazing at it. Growing up I had Matt Corby, Ben Howard, Chet Faker and Vance Joy on pretty heavy rotation so there’s definitely an influence from them. More recently Kim Churchill and Alivan Blu are really big idols for me.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

So I’m actually from Central Victoria, despite leaning into the coastal folk genre. I think the East Coast has a huge appreciation for folk music and that’s where a lot of my support act shows are coming from, artists from up there doing tours. I definitely have a desire to move coastal, so that’s also an influence on my writing.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

I’m lucky enough to have lined up a number of support dates for Alivan Blu, Austin Mackay, Jesse Taylor and few others that aren’t announced yet. Mainly on their VIC/SA tour legs which I’m so fortunate and excited for!

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I try to keep it as raw as I can with my story telling. Humans these days (myself included) require a deeper connection to feel something, and being honest and vulnerable is a great way to encourage that. Musically it rises and falls quite a lot, but still has that strong pulse that all coastal folk has.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks so much to everyone for the beautiful response to my EP! I can’t wait to get a few singles out to you soon, but more importantly see you from the stage on these upcoming shows!