Leonard Cohen meets Tom Waits meets…; yeah, yeah we all know how bloggers and music critics like to use that particular device to convey the qualities they feel a new artist has and Tom Hickox undoubtedly has many. He is giving away a song ‘Angel Of The North’ from his latest album “War, Peace And Diplomacy” as a free download and I’m sure many will agree it’s a song of astonishing depth, beauty and emotional clarity. He’s previously self-released a DIY album, “Fear In A Handful of Dust” but it’s his forthcoming album that looks to make a real dent on the musical landscape. One which will announce the arrival of a musician who isn’t hitching on to the coat tails of any “scene”, but instead is prepared to let his music speak for itself. Marvellous!
ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.