Tom Tyler – a modern day one-man super band – injects fresh excitement into the UK rock/pop scene with his, ‘Shooting Star’ from his debut solo album, ‘Silence’. Undoubtedly multi-talented (writing, vocals, multi-instrumentalist and production), Tom Tyler is rapidly garnering acclaim amongst musical and media circles.
With a sound akin to a rock/pop fusion of The Police and Jack Johnson, ’Shooting Star’ is a musical expression of the strength of second-time-round love. As Tom explains, “As a man I do find it hard to deal with my emotions, but for me this comes out in my music, and my fingers find a way of expressing these emotions on guitar, piano or in my voice.”
The single is a taster of Tom’s highly awaited debut solo album, ‘Silence’, which delivers some outstanding musical gems, exposing the wisdom and experiences of a man who has an extraordinarily life story to tell – a jigsaw life of global adventure and relationships. The title track, ‘Silence’, is an epic masterpiece, underpinning a sound-bed of dramatic classical strings upon which Tom’s incredible vocals dance – think a contemporary take on The Verve’s Urban Hymns. A much bolder, upbeat sound comes from the looping hooks of ‘Skyline’, (reminiscent of Don Henley at his finest) a vibrant story of life in New York, which explodes into full colour through the narrative of the video (produced and directed by Towa). This contrasts with the delicate Razorlight-esque intro of ‘Home’, which delivers a delicious mixture of rock/folk as Tom describes the peace found when your heart gets a home, or the smooth, catchy melody telling the tale of the end of a relationship in, ‘This Time’.
Written between 2010 and 2011, Tom saw the album as a cleansing process, “I sat down and poured out my locked-up emotions as I wrote these songs. I wrote all the lyrics and music and played all instruments on the original tracks.” But by the time Tom hit the recording studio, he had a list of eager collaborators to help bring this work of art to life….
The album was produced by Cam Blackwood, who’s worked with Florence on her world tour, plus CSS, We Are Scientists, Viva Brother etc. Exec production on 3 tracks came from Nick Keynes and Mike Harwood from Goldust (Kylie, Marli Harwood) along with Jay Reynolds (Pixie Lott, Just Jack) mixing. Between Cam’s indie rock sensibilities, and Tom’s unashamedly commercially-eared approach, they created a sound that has performance and genuine musical integrity at its foundation. Although Tom was originally playing all the parts, some other collaborators came onboard and offered their services. Matt Ratcher played the drums (Prodigy, Kylie), Arny from The Vaccines on bass, Ben Mark (Take That, Westlife, Good Cop) played some extra guitars and Dave Klinke (Saint Savior, Judie Tzuke) also contributed.
The incredible sound of ‘Silence’ is the musical culmination of a lifetime of exciting adventures experienced by a man who began his musical journey at the tender age of 3. Tom’s talent grew from such a young age through the guitar, violin, drums and piano, as well as enjoying vocal performances at stage school and a stint with his brothers in their first band, Riverstate. Alongside his musical adventures, Tom’s life took him on unbelievable global journeys from the UK to Thailand, where Tom spent a year teaching English to local boys at an English seminary and was bestowed with the gift of the Thai language in return, through to Australia and the States – each destination with a vibrant story to tell. These adventures link hand-in-hand with a string of heart-break and failed relationships, which have left this artist scarred and tales to tell. A patchwork of mind-expanding escapades and relationships, which fuse together and richly weave their wisdom into the sound and lyrics of ‘Silence’.
Tom Tyler is a man of outstanding talent with an unstoppable drive and ambition to bring his music alive, no matter what the sacrifice – time, relationships, money and career have all taken a back seat. But the sacrifices have been worthwhile, as audiences will experience when the first taste of Tom Tyler is unleashed in the form of his debut single, ‘Shooting Star’. Enjoy the journey!