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Tom Grennan Releases Powerful Debut Album

Fans of the rising indie rock star Tom Grennan have been desperate for his debut release Lighting Matches since it was first mentioned last September. Well today it finally arrived…

At bang on midnight the singer-songwriter from Bedford tweeted it was available and was quickly met with a flock of replies from ecstatic fans.

Most songs such as the title track are driven by crisp acoustic guitar melodies and belting choruses that were made to be sung along to at festivals in the sun with a can in hand. His deep, rough vocals easily adapt to all the genres touched upon in this new release; from ‘Barbed Wire’s swung reggae feel that finds his vocal style steer closer to that of fellow-RiZE artist Lewis Capaldi, to slow piano ballad ‘Run In The Rain’ which sees him holding stronger notes with more poetic emotion than ever.

In NME’s review, Andrew Trendell stated “The DNA of Lighting Matches has strands of the streetwise snarl of Jamie T, the graceful grit of Amy Winehouse, the cinematic backing pomp of early Florence and the Bond theme meets neo-soul scale of John Newman” and “makes Bedford sound like Hollywood”.

Lighting Matches follows on from his three EPs Something In The Water (2016), Release The Brakes (2017) and Found What I’ve Been Looking For (2017), as well as a vast amount of singles that have seen him headline the likes of Brixton Academy prior to even announcing this release.

Catch Tom Grennan’s huge set at RiZE Festival next month as he plays our 2nd Stage alongside the likes of Craig David TS5 and Dave.


Listen to Lighting Matches below!