Fresh off the back of a wave of support for his latest single 'Little Bits', which found airtime on BBC Radio 1, Radio X, and Absolute Radio, as well as on air support on Sunday Brunch, MTV Gonzo, and MOTD X, Sunderland's Tom A. Smith has now returned to announce the details behind his latest collection 'EP3', alongside the euphoric new single 'Weirdo'.
As well as the new single 'Weirdo', 'EP3' will also feature the recent singles 'Little Bits' and 'Like You Do', the latter of which was co-written with Miles Kane and co-produced by Miles Kane, Oscar Robertson and Dave Bardon; a cover of Swedish House Mafia's 'Don't You Worry Child', and the demo track 'Me', which is the original version of what became 'Like You Do' before Miles Kane got involved and helped Tom take it in a new and exciting direction.
Speaking about the new EP, Tom said,
"I don't really set out to have a certain theme or style when I'm writing and recording tracks. I just like writing Bangers. I love working with Larry Hibbitt and I'm proud of our creations for 'EP3'. The track I wrote with Miles Kane on here is just absolutely massive and you can see the fantastic reaction every time we play it live. The EP also has my favourite song I've ever written lyrically on it (The Worst is still to come) and it's particularly close to my heart. My cover of 'Don't You Worry Child' is a live favourite and thought it would be great to share it after plenty of requests."
While Tom's intentions have always been focused around a driven indie-rock aesthetic, his latest single 'Weirdo' feels far more playful with its inspirations. Very much following in the footsteps of an 80s New Romantics-style production, this new offering perfectly suits the bigger and more crowded stages he has been performing on recently.
Adding about the track, he says,
"I like 'Weirdo' a lot, I've always wanted to write something a little bit silly and can tell from the reaction to it live that it makes people smile. People can relate to it because we're all Weirdos in a way."
Tom's picked up some great One To Watch in 2023 nods including BBC Introducing North East, Matt Wilkinson at Apple Music and the Daily Star. Tom's work so far has seen quality riffs, great vocal qualities and a strength in sound, scope and style that should hopefully steer him up the rising ranks. There is clear direction for his music and with a slot on BBC Music already, Smith could be seeing that rise flare up sooner rather than later.
'EP3' will follow an incredible whirlwind of live performances throughout the last year, including being selected by Elton John to join him at his British Summer Time show at Hyde Park, appearances at Glastonbury, Barn On The Farm, F1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and opening Leeds Festival to more than 6000 music fans. He was also announced as Apple Music's Up Next artist for September and Amazon Music's Breakthrough Artist of the month.
Having already played a ton of gigs throughout the last two years, including supporting Courteeners and Miles Kane, as well as shows at The Great Escape, Stockton Calling, Sound City and Neighbourhood Weekender, Tom A. Smith looks set to continue his busy live schedule throughout 2023 as well.
5th November: Glasgow, SWG3 Poetry Club
6th November: Edinburgh, Sneaky Petes
8th November: York ,The Fulford Arms
9th November: Hull , Adelphi
11th November: Sheffield, Sidney & Matilda
12th November: Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
14th November: Liverpool, Kazimier Stockroom
15th November: Nottingham, The Chameleon
16th November: Leicester, Duffy's
17th November: Bedford, Esquires
18th November: Plymouth, The Junction
19th November: Exeter, The Cavern
21st November: Brighton, Komedia Studio
22nd November: Southampton, Heartbreakers
23rd November: Oxford, The Bullingdon
24th November: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
26th November: Bristol, The Louisiana
27th November: Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
28th November: St. Albans, The Horn
29th November: London, Camden Assembly
1st December: Margate, Olby's Soul Café & Music Rooms
2nd December: Guildford, Boileroom
3rd December: Tunbridge Wells, Tunbridge Wells Forum
4th December: Cambridge, The Blue Moon
5th December: Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre
6th December: Manchester, The Lodge @ The Deaf Institute
7th December: Middlesbrough, Empire
8th December: Sunderland, The Fire Station
'Weirdo' is out now.
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