home
shop
artists
news
gigs
videos
info
Tom Hickox
Tom's Major Release
26th November 2013
Share: Artist Profile
a solemnly eloquent fierce panda one sheet

The Act: TOM HICKOX

The Release: 'WAR, PEACE AND DIPLOMACY''

The Format: COMPACT DISC & DOWNLOAD ALBUM

The Release Date: MARCH 10th 2014

The Label: fierce panda records (The Catalogue Number: NONG 84CD)

The Tracklisting:
1. The Angel of the North
2. The Pretty Pride of Russia
3. Out of the Warzone
4. Your Baby Was Asleep
5. White Roses Red
6. Let Me Be Your Lover
7. A Normal Boy
8. The Lisbon Maru
9. Good Night

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 night time gig. With typical light-heartedness Tom’s debut album is called 'War, Peace And Diplomacy'.

In November 2013 the track 'The Angel Of The North', as tends to be the modern digitalised way, appeared as a free download release designed to fan the flames in the lead up to this album release. Those flames have been 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 was 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’ - tellingly, released on the very day fierce panda records turns 20 years old - is the end result of those mightily respectful endeavours, and the start of a whole new adventure.

That whole new adventure continues when Tom headlines a special New Year show as part of Pandamonium, and then tours with Lindi Ortega, aka "the love child of Johnny Cash and Nancy Sinatra," in January, much like this:

JANUARY 9th LONDON BORDERLINE Rising (Supported by Music Week)
Tom Hickox + The Hosts + I Am In Love

JANUARY 16th EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms**
JANUARY 17th ABERDEEN Lemon Tree**
JANUARY 18th GLASGOW Celtic Connections Festival
JANUARY 21st SHEFFIELD The Harley**
JANUARY 23rd BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy**
JANUARY 24th MANCHESTER Deaf Institute**
JANUARY 25th LIVERPOOL Leaf**
JANUARY 27th NEWCASTLE The Cluny 2**
JANUARY 28th LEEDS The Wardrobe**
JANUARY 31st BRISTOL St Bonaventure's Club**
FEBRUARY 1st BRIGHTON The Hope**

www.facebook.com/tomhickox

Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 |
Newer Stories Older Stories
Mates Of State Fierce Panda Welcome Mates Of State And Their Album, 'greats'!!
8th April 2015
Read the full story »
Kieran Leonard Kieran Leonard And The Horses Join The Singles Party!
31st March 2015
Read the full story »
Longfellow Longfellow Long For 'remedy' Ep!
30th March 2015
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist Desperate Journalist Hit The Road!
19th March 2015
Read the full story »
Helsinki Helsinki Unlock Spring Uk Tour!
19th March 2015
Read the full story »
Albert Gold Albert Gold Goes Into The Wild!
12th March 2015
Read the full story »
PANDA21 Panda21 - A Free Album!
11th March 2015
Read the full story »
Pile 'pile Pile On Over For June Uk Tour!'
2nd March 2015
Read the full story »
Helsinki Helsinki Deliver 'a Guide For The Perplexed'!
1st March 2015
Read the full story »
Kieran Leonard Kieran Leonard & The Horses Ride Into Dalston!
1st March 2015
Read the full story »
Surfer Blood Surfer Blood Sign To Fierce Panda
16th February 2015
Read the full story »
Dalton Dalton Prepares To Launch ' Dalton '!
14th February 2015
Read the full story »
Doe Single Numeros Dos = Doe!
14th February 2015
Read the full story »
Longfellow Forever 21: A Fierce Panda Birthday Party
13th February 2015
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist Desperate Journalist Count Down To Label Mates Ill!
2nd February 2015
Read the full story »
Longfellow Longfellow Borderline Bill Confirmed!
27th January 2015
Read the full story »
Terror Pigeon Terror Pigeon Yuck Up!
6th January 2015
Read the full story »
Desperate Journalist Desperate Journalist Have A Shack Attack!
6th January 2015
Read the full story »
Helsinki Helsinki Hit The 100 Club On March 2nd!
6th January 2015
Read the full story »
Pile Pile's Number 2 Hit Album!
6th January 2015
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 |
Newer Stories Older Stories
Fierce Panda Welcome Mates Of State And Their Album, 'greats'!! »
Kieran Leonard And The Horses Join The Singles Party! »
Longfellow Long For 'remedy' Ep! »
Desperate Journalist Hit The Road! »
Helsinki Unlock Spring Uk Tour! »
Albert Gold Goes Into The Wild! »
Panda21 - A Free Album! »
'pile Pile On Over For June Uk Tour!' »
Helsinki Deliver 'a Guide For The Perplexed'! »
Kieran Leonard & The Horses Ride Into Dalston! »
To keep up to date with all things fierce panda sign up to our newsletter here:
25
Apr
Helsinki
@ Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
26
Apr
Helsinki
@ Bodega, Nottingham
27
Apr
Helsinki
@ Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
ning standard #72 » (Apr 2015)
ning standard #71 » (Apr 2015)
ning standard 70 » (Mar 2015)
ning standard 69 » (Mar 2015)
ning standard #68 » (Mar 2015)
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Simple and Sure »
Mates Of State - Palomino »
Desperate Journalist - Happening »
The Hosts - Give Your Love To Her (Exposed In Session) »
Longfellow - Medic »