NEVER GOOD ENOUGH
Following on from the genuine portrayal of honesty with his track ‘Boltcutters’, and the thought provoking ‘Could I Live With Being Fake?’, Sunderland’s Tom A. Smith has continued to grow and develop as a respected musician. With his authentic nature and distinctive and powerful tracks, he has rightly, built up a loyal fan following including the likes of Sam Fender, Tim Burgess, Catfish and The Bottlemen and even Elton John!
Despite being only 18-years-old, Tom has already achieved more than most artists do in a lifetime. He played his first ever gig aged just eight, supporting local psychedelic rockers Detroit Social Club at legendary Newcastle venue The Cluny, performed at Glastonbury before he was even in secondary school, Tim Burgess handpicked him to play his stage at Kendall Calling, making him the festival’s youngest ever performer. He has played live with local hero’s Sam Fender and Catfish & The Bottlemen, as well as supported other Northern acts on the rise like The Lathums and The Mysterines.
Never Good Enough is the first single to be released from his upcoming EP named ‘EP2’ which is due for release on the 5th August.
For the new releases, Tom’s been working with Larry Hibbitt (Nothing But Thieves/The Snuts/Sea Girls), providing a broad and driven production that goes effortlessly with Smith’s passionate vocals, his music effort makes for powerful listening.
‘Never Good Enough’ sees Tom continuing to explore a somewhat personal and vulnerable side of himself. The lyrics are passionate and thoughtful with themes of failure, low self-esteem and self- destruction making this an emotional release for the young artist. Delivered with a feeling of angst, there’s a real rawness and edge to this track which makes it really resonate and stick with you.
Tom is an artist who continues to grow and develop his sound with each new release. He has shown himself to be an accomplished musician and as this new release is the first taster of the upcoming EP, we for one, can’t wait to hear more .
Review Sally Newman