A year ago the Sunday Times wrote of Tom Moriarty, “the protest singer has a pulse again.” What is more, it was said about someone whose life had seen him go from factory worker to LSE student to LA rocker to City worker to recording artist and Occupy activist….life’s rich tapestry indeed.
"Magnificent voice" Janice Long, BBC2
"..a gruff voice and thoughtful, classic roots rock should earn him a bevy of fans" Q magazine
In 2011, Tom released his debut album “Fire in the doll’s house”, an album which received critical acclaim from major music publications. Tom now returns with a new EP “Snapshots of Reality”, 5 tracks based on his own experiences, the lives of others and in particular influenced by his time involved in the Occupy movement. “People think we’re all sorts of things but actually we’re just a group of people believing that there has to be a better way than this.” He adds, “Right now, it doesn’t seem to be working for most people…”
In comparison to “Fire”, “Snapshots” reveals a softer lighter touch to the vocal and a multi-layering of backing vocals at times reminiscent of Crosby, Stills and Nash, somehow evoking echoes of California and The Peace movement of the late 60s and 70s. It also reflects a change of producer with Tom choosing to work with Tristan Longworth, producer to successful singer/songwriter Jon Allen. The focus on songwriting has been in part inspired by Tom’s monthly evening in London, the Driftwood Sessions, where Tom gathers together other similarly talented and inspiring songwriters with former guests including Chris Difford, Charlie Winston, Adam Burridge, Jon Allen, Robert Vincent, Jazz Morley, Chris MacDonald, Sam Lewis and Josh Bray.
Tom releases the ultimate winter fireside song with his new single Stay With Me Tonight. You can hear the track below: