fierce panda records
home
shop
artists
news
gigs
videos
info
Tom Hickox
Tom Hickox Is Out Of The Box!
21st October 2013
Share: Artist Profile
a broodingly melodramatic fierce panda one sheet

The Act: TOM HICKOX

The Release: 'THE ANGEL OF THE NORTH'

The Format: FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD SINGLE

The Impact Date: NOVEMBER 25TH 2013

The Label: fierce panda records

The Truth: Tom Hickox is a serious young man for serious times. He lives in downtown Camden, plays upright piano, sings with a snowfalling voice sufficiently deep, crisp and even to draw wise comparisons with Leonard Cohen and Nick Cave and, ever-attentive to the smallest of sartorial details, he wears three piece suits by day and by gig. With typical light-heartedness Tom’s debut album, due out in February next year, will be called 'War, Peace And Diplomacy'.

Mr Hickox is not simply some eccentric throwback to a more sober era however: 'The Angel Of The North', as tends to be the modern digitalised way, is a free download release designed to fan the flames in the lead up to the album release. Those flames will be fanned slowly, for this is sombre, serious music with fearsomely sad strings. The compelling video for ‘The Angel Of The North’ was filmed in the haggard southeastern seascape of Dungeness. Much like the song the video vibe is elegant, enigmatic and beautifully unsettling.

Considering that Tom's father was the late Richard Hickox CBE, one of Britain's most renowned classical conductors with over 280 recordings to his credit, it surely becomes obvious where this love for swelling strings and grandiose widescreen soundtracks comes from. Except with typical Hickoxian perversity Tom actually rejected classical music (“I knew as a kid I didn’t want to compete with my dad.”). Rather, he embarked upon on his own journey via Beckett, Pinter and rock'n'roll. Along the way there was an English degree at Manchester University to be studied for, drums in a school rock band to be battered and a solo DIY album to be released which, it was gleefully claimed, sounded like Four Tet collaborating with Scott Walker.

The most significant turning point may well have been listening to ‘Cole’s Corner’, Richard Hawley’s 2005 Mercury Award-worrying opus. “It was the first time I had really heard anyone contemporary in Britain making music that wasn’t far off what I had in mind, with his baritone voice and nuanced production, and really romantic sense of place.” So recalls Tom who, thanks to a series of fortunate events, was deeply flattered to eventually find himself in Sheffield, actually recording with the Hawley band, being produced by Colin Elliot and just generally living the slow-movingly dignified dream. ‘War, Peace And Diplomacy’ is the end result of those mightily respectful endeavours, and the start of a whole new adventure.

Tom will be playing a special intimate ‘The Angel Of The North’ launch show somewhere near the Angel in North London, ie here: NOVEMBER 18TH LONDON St Pancras Old Church

www.facebook.com/tomhickox

newsroll
Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 |
Newer Stories Older Stories
Desperate Journalist Desperate Journalist Grow Up A The Scala
21st February 2017
Read the full story »
485C Fierce Panda: Singles '16 Out 17.03.17
14th February 2017
Read the full story »
Ghost Suns Ghost Suns Raise A Glass To Poison!
8th February 2017
Read the full story »
Park Hotel Park Hotel Check Into The Panda!
24th January 2017
Read the full story »
Coquin Migale Coquin Migale Go 'soft' On Tour!
24th January 2017
Read the full story »
Leaone Fierce Panda Turns 23 In Suffolk!
20th January 2017
Read the full story »
National Service National Service Announce Birthdays Party!
20th January 2017
Read the full story »
please look after this bear Please Look After This Bear Donation!
20th January 2017
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist Desperate Journalist Grow Up On Album 2
16th January 2017
Read the full story »
485C 485 Take Some Strange Medicine!
16th January 2017
Read the full story »
Leaone It's Pandamonium Day Nine!
14th January 2017
Read the full story »
Alphaduka It's Pandamonium Day Seven!
8th January 2017
Read the full story »
ALMA It's Pandamonium Day Five!
8th January 2017
Read the full story »
485C It's Pandamonium Day Eight!
8th January 2017
Read the full story »
National Service National Service Fire Out Debut Single!
8th January 2017
Read the full story »
Joey Fourr It's Pandamonium Day Six!
5th January 2017
Read the full story »
485C 485c Add Up The Numbers!
2nd January 2017
Read the full story »
please look after this bear Please Look After This Bear Ahoy!
12th December 2016
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist It's Pandamonium Day Three!
12th December 2016
Read the full story »
National Service It's Pandamonium Day Two!
12th December 2016
Read the full story »
Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 |
Newer Stories Older Stories
newsroll
Desperate Journalist Grow Up A The Scala »
Fierce Panda: Singles '16 Out 17.03.17 »
Ghost Suns Raise A Glass To Poison! »
Park Hotel Check Into The Panda! »
Coquin Migale Go 'soft' On Tour! »
Fierce Panda Turns 23 In Suffolk! »
National Service Announce Birthdays Party! »
Please Look After This Bear Donation! »
Desperate Journalist Grow Up On Album 2 »
485 Take Some Strange Medicine! »
sign up
To keep up to date with all things fierce panda sign up to our newsletter here:
live shows
24
Feb
Coquin Migale
@ Mad Hatters, Inverness
25
Feb
Coquin Migale
@ Drummonds, Aberdeen
25
Feb
Desperate Journalist
@ The Live Room, Manchester
donate
'Please Look After This Bear': a fierce panda compilation. Pay-what-you-like for music-you-may-love... more »
newsletters
ning standard #118 » (Feb 2017)
ning standard #117 » (Feb 2017)
ning standard #116 » (Jan 2017)
ning standard #115 » (Jan 2017)
ning standard #114 » (Jan 2017)
videos
Coquin Migale - Soft »
Desperate Journalist - Hollow »
Raglans - Who Knows »
Whistlejacket - Oh Brother »
Ghost Suns - Wait Out »