TOM HICKOX has music in the blood. His father, Richard Hickox, is one of Britain's most renowned conductors, while his mother was an orchestral timpanist. Tom however has pursued the path of singer-songwriter, rather than classical musician.
It has been a good choice for the Londoner, as his music has been showered with critical praise. Louder Than War calling it “a dark mixture of Scott Walker and a David Lynch soundtrack"; The Sunday Times described his sound as "literate chamber pop at its most haunting, poetic and complex"; while Uncut compared him to John Grant.
Hickox plays Strange Brew at the Róisín Dubh on Thursday September 14 at 8pm, performing songs from his two albums, War, Peace and Diplomacy (2014 ) and Monsters In The Deep, which was released in March this year. Among the themes explored on the new album are the continuing migrant crisis, urban life, and belonging.
“We’re all trying to get through the day," explains Hickox, “and sometimes the odds seem insurmountable. But I’m a great believer in the human spirit. That’s why I love cities. The bright lights entice you in and tell you that you can start over, not just once, but every day. That’s priceless for someone like me. It means that every day, I want to write. How could you not?”
Tickets are available at www.roisindubh.net, the Ticket Desk at OMG Zhivago, Shop Street, and The Róisín Dubh.