Hailing from Hull, Tom Spencer is a young artist that refuses to hang around and at only 16 has released his debut album. Pulling together all the components to record and produce it from his home in Liverpool. The city has been a huge influence to Tom, after a trip at the age of 13 led him to discover The Beatles and picking up a guitar himself.
‘Flight’ is a proper rock song with an adrenaline kick provided by the guitar riffs dripping deep into the core of the track. This leads smoothly onto ‘Coffee Break’ which shows off the raw vocal talents which Tom owns, when Tom matures you get the sense that this young man will develop strong tones within his voice. The track itself is well constructed which builds from its meaty verses.
‘Counterfire’ has a menacing side to it which isn’t seen by the tracks before, agony spills out from the lyrics and you get a sense of a hint of early Biffy Clyro in the record.
There’s an argument that Tom could have split this album up into two different EP’s, you get the feeling that the record faces two different directions when you reach the mid way through the record, you get a handful of slower singer songwriter rock pop which has a different feel to the more rocker guitar driven songs at the start and end of the album.
‘Behind’, ‘Isolation’, and ‘For You’ are more stripped back pure records showing the ability Tom has got for the future to evolve and explore further. ‘Behind’ is a real treat halfway into the album and ‘Isolation’ has a flash of a soulful feeling wrapped around the song.
‘Liverpool’ is the standout track left near the end of the collection of songs, just a track which you will want to keep listening to after you reach the end.
Tom has some real promise, and this is an artist which Off the Hook Music are going to keep an eye and ear on and so should everyone else, for a first album this is a real good effort!
Written By Kess Anthony