In the deep recesses of jazzy coffee house The Troubadour, five piece band The Tomicks kick off their set (of self titled album, The Tomicks) with clear, sleek style. Clad in a blues-brothers-suit complete with sunglasses, lead vocalist and songwriter Tom Cridland is in fact the drummer too, immediately providing a unique set up. Opening number 'I'm Good For It' is confident and steady, and the retro feel to the music provides toe tapping, good vibes. Funky guitar riffs simmer within the music, and there is a wonderful sense the band are genuinely jamming together. The harmonies are simple and feel easy on the ears and some of the softer, more piano heavy tunes (pianist Nick Whitehead) most definitely have certain Elton John nuances, such as the mellow 'Classic Line'.
It feels odd for the band to perform covers during their album launch, and although familiarity assists in engaging the audience quickly, it then gives one chance to compare (especially when covering the mighty Fleetwood Mac). 'You're My Man' is sung by shy keys player Debs Marx, whose mild tones feel whimsical and breathy, much like popular eighties singers. Her vocals are much more suited to providing back up, which does leave an empty space front and centre for a charismatic frontwoman/man. The band thrive with their easy going tracks with a slow and certain Ska-like pace, and they excellently reclaim the magic of 60's and 70's pop/rock with their breezy, joyful music. - @_Faye Butler