Tom Smith (musician)

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Tom Smith
13-08-09 Taubertal Editors Tom Smith 3
Background information
Birth name Thomas Michael Henry Smith
Born (1981-04-29) 29 April 1981 (age 32)
Northampton, England
Genres Rock, Pop
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards
Years active 2002–present
Labels Kitchenware
Associated acts Editors
Notable instruments
Gibson ES-335
Fender Telecaster Custom

Thomas Michael Henry "Tom" Smith (born 29 April 1981) is an English musician. He is the lead singer, lyricist, keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for the Birmingham-based indie rock band Editors.

Smith's vocal style has been compared to that of post-punk singers such as Ian Curtis of Joy Division, Paul Banks of Interpol, Robert Smith of The Cure and Michael Stipe of R.E.M.. Smith's vocal range is baritone, but he utilises falsetto to reach higher notes. His use of falsetto has been noted on their third album, In This Light and on This Evening. His main guitar is a Gibson ES-335,[1] and he also plays a Fender Telecaster Custom.

When Smith lost his voice during the 2006 SXSW concert, the band had to cancel the last song of their first gig.[2]

In July 2008, he contributed a cover of "Bonny" (by Prefab Sprout) for the UK edition of the Independents Day charity album. He contributed vocals to the song "The Good Book" by Tired Pony on the 2010 album The Place We Ran From.

In 2011, Smith contributed vocals for the song 'Joshua' by Northern Irish electronic band The Japanese Popstars. In October of that year, Smith announced the collaboration album with Andy Burrows, from I Am Arrows, We Are Scientists and Razorlight. Their album Funny Looking Angels was released on 28 November 2011. In December 2011 Smith and Burrows played a number of shows throughout Europe.

In 2012, he worked with the French band Indochine for the song "The Lovers" on their album "Black City Parade".

Smith performed a solo show in February 2012 in Brussels, Belgium where he sang old and new Editors songs.

In the lead up to Editors' fourth album release the band played their first shows as a five piece after guitarist Chris Urbanowicz's departure and two new members were added. These shows were played in Birmingham, UK on the 26 and 27 June 2012.

Background[edit]

Born in Northampton, Smith grew up in Stroud, Gloucestershire[3] and attended Woodchester Endowed Primary School, where he learned to play the guitar under the guidance of Headteacher Mr Holland. He later attended Archway School, where his mother and his father, John Smith and Sylvia Smith now work as Physics and Chemistry teachers.

As a teenager Smith listened to Britpop band albums and songs that included Oasis' Definitely Maybe and Blur's Parklife albums. "Suddenly, all I wanted to do was to be in a band," Smith has said. "I learned to play the guitar by playing those records.", contradicting his previous story about Mr Holland.[1]

He later studied music technology at Staffordshire University where he met fellow Editors band members.

He lives in London with his wife, BBC Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman whom he married on 22 December 2013.[4] They have been in a relationship since 2005.[5] The couple have two sons, Rudy Brae Bowman Smith (born 10 June 2008)[6] and Spike Bowman Smith (born February 2013).

Smith is an avid Arsenal F.C. supporter.

Influences[edit]

In 2006 Smith stated that Murmur by R.E.M. was his favourite album of all time. Editors drummer, Edward Lay concurred in an interview in Winter 2005, saying, "Tom’s favourite album is R.E.M.’s Murmur, so they were his favourite band whilst growing up and I think they’ve always maintained a certain cool vibe about everything they’ve released. They haven’t sold out at all, so they’re big influences not just in songwriting, but the way they’ve protected themselves as musicians and as a band."[7]

Humanitarian efforts[edit]

Smith's Converse All-Stars basketball shoes, worn at 2007's V Festival, went on sale on internet site eBay in a charity auction to raise money for MAG (Mines Advisory Group). They raised £52; slightly more than the RRP for a new pair.[8] In April 2011 Smith ran the London Marathon along with band-mate Russell Leetch. They raised over £10,000 for Oxfam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Vaziri, Aidin Gibson Recommends Editors An End Has a Start 11 October 2007. Accessed 24 October 2007
  2. ^ Stellastarr Upcoming Concert Reviews of the Editors, Metric and More... Cincinnati CityBeat, 12 April 2007. Accessed 24 October 2007
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (22 June 2007). "Violently happy". guardian.co.uk. The Guardian. Retrieved 23 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Lyons, Beverley (2013-12-26). "Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman marries Editors frontman Tom Smith in secret festive ceremony". dailyrecord.co.uk. Daily Record. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Festival Queen Edith Bowman gets down and dirty". Daily Mail. 12 May 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  6. ^ "BBC - Newsbeat - Entertainment - DJ Edith Bowman has baby boy". BBC News. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Editors - Manchester, UK - Winter 2005 Meeting in the Back Room". Archived from the original on 10 June 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "EDITORS - Popworld". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2008. 

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