Tomo is an indie/folk singer-songwriter, based in Bristol, UK. Taking inspiration from a wide range of influences, including Radical Face, Shane Macgowan, Leonard Cohen and Charles Bukowski, among others, he is currently working on his debut EP, ‘Wayward Son’, due for release later this year. One of his tracks from this, ‘Enough to Drink’, was recently played on BBC Somerset. The lyrical content is particularly important to Tomo, and he combines powerful, literary lyricism with emotive musicality to produce an act which has been described as “very engaging and atmospheric” by Gerard Langley of The Blue Aeroplanes. Having already performed at notable Bristol venues including The Fleece, 2020 is set to be an exciting year for Tomo.
‘Enough to Drink’ is Tomo’s debut single. Is essentially a track based on those moments of dark introspection when you start to question your value and motives as a human being. Having struggled with alcohol use in the past, these darker thoughts would often arise in my own experience at times when too much liquor had been consumed; hence the title ‘Enough to Drink’.
I began writing the poem itself when, on the bus in Bristol, I saw a section of graffiti from Extinction Rebellion that read ‘If not now, when, if not you, who?’. The first half of the phrase really struck me and I used it as the foundation for the rest of the poem, attempting to create an atmosphere of introspective analysis that the graffiti artists themselves were also trying to stimulate. As an extremely organic, personal song, I attempted to reflect this in the production and instrumentation of the track as well, striving to create an intimate atmosphere through the use of layered acoustic guitar recorded using only one microphone.”