Release: Thomas J Speight Announces New Single Via Killing Moon
We first encountered Thomas J Speight circa five or six years ago when Killing Moon was but a gleeb in the imagination of an overzealous aspiring know-it-all. We were starting to get involved managerially with a guy called Jamie Ley, who liked playing acousitc guitar whilst simultaneously singing words in front of people. This was, and in all likelihood is still, known as “playing a gig”. One such gig took place at the Sir Richard Steele pub which is just beyond Chalk Farm station, up the hill bit. The line up was Jamie, Thomas, and a girl called Lucy Rose. The orchestration was one known as “round robin”, which basically meant about 4 or 5 people sitting in a little huddle around the aforementioned performers who would play one song after each other in cascading order as opposed to a full set each. Which seemed a bit weird to us at the time, but we refrained from commenting on such an arrangement due to an ambitious attempt to fit in with the cool kids and their cool-kid ways. Anyway, to be perfectly frank we don’t remember much else of that evening other than it actually happened. It would not be until several years later – in a Starbucks in Hammersmith Station, of course – that we would encounter Mr. Speight once more. Things had changed. We had a real job now; we drink vanilla lattes on the reg too. He had a denim jacket; a stackload of tours under his belt; a confidence comparable to that of a number of established artists; and a bunch of demos on his iPhone. We were attempting to swallow possibly the driest bacon buttie that the super-coffee chain had to offer that morning whilst taking in our first listen of Just Where I Want To Be. Rather than attempting to fake-tap along to some (what we would describe as, and are about to again here) bland-ass croony singery-songwritery type stuff, we found ourselves succumbing to the Telekinesis-tinged tones that was being injected into our earholes. It was imperative that we release this track. So, we are. With a bunch of headline dates announced for early March 2014, following a recent tour supporting Travis, we are pleased to announce that we will be releasing Just Where I Want To Be on limited edition white frosted 7″ vinyl and digital download on Monday 17th February. That all-important video for the track will be surfacing real soon. While you wait for that, have a wee listen below and imbibe this outstanding press release. Yeah, do that.
THOMAS J SPEIGHT ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW SINGLE JUST WHERE I WANT TO BE VIA KILLING MOON
SINGLE OUT ON MONDAY 17th FEB AS LIMITED EDITION 7″ VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
London born and bred poetic, heartfelt folkster Thomas J Speight has signed to Killing Moon for his new single ‘Just Where I Want To Be’, a bittersweet pop song with a positive message; inspired by near death experience, heartbreak and broken relationships but with an ultimately uplifting theme of living in the moment and surviving life’s challenges. ‘Just Where I Want To Be’ follows the free download release of ‘Never Loved You More’, which had the blogosphere buzzing and cemented his place as one to watch for 2014.
Speight spent his youth indulging in the musical greats – The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Shins and Joni Mitchell, and the calibre of such influences is certainly reflected in his songwriting – elegant, beautiful and haunting.
Speight, whose debut album is scheduled for release next year, has already enjoyed prominent success with his 2010 debut EP ‘Willow Tree’ (through Young & Lost Club, home to Noah & The Wale and Johnny Flynn). The EP was produced by Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin (Mt Desolation and Keane) and was received with widespread acclaim from numerous sources regarding its delicate arrangements and astute lyrics including peer Ryan Adams, stating the overall sound was “so beautiful”. He has also taken to the stage with some big names including Mumford and Sons, Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Fionn Regan to name but a few. Not only that, but he’s also collaborated with some high pedigree acts including Keane, The Staves and Stephen Fretwell. And, as if that isn’t enough to boast about, he’s just finished supporting Travis on their UK tour.
Thomas J Speight really is one to watch, and teases with the delightful Just Where I Want To Be, leaving us aching to see what else he has in store. And you don’t have to take our world for it, support comes in the form of none other than Sir Paul McCartney, who even owns a Thomas J Speight t-shirt and endorses that all eyes and ears should be on Speight for the future.
UK TOUR DATES 2014
4th March: Northern Monkey, Leeds
5th March: Bodega, Nottingham
6th March: The Enterprise, London
7th March: Glee Club Studio, Birmingham
9th March: The Castle, Manchester
10th March: King Tuts, Glasgow
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