Tom Vek

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Tom Vek
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Tom Vek (2005)
Background information
Birth name Thomas Timothy Vernon-Kell
Born (1981-05-10) 10 May 1981 (age 33)
Hounslow, London, England
Genres Alternative rock
Experimental rock
Pop
Years active 2004–present
Labels Moshi Moshi (current)
Tummy Touch, Startime International, Island Records (former)
Website tomvek.tv

Thomas Timothy Vernon-Kell (born 10 May 1981) is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist musician who works under the name of Tom Vek.

Career[edit]

Born in Hounslow, London,[1] he signed to the small label Tummy Touch Records in 2001, having spent the previous eight years writing and recording in his parents' garage.

Vek's debut album We Have Sound was recorded whilst he completed a graphic design degree. The album was finished in mid-2004 but was not released until 2005 when Island Records licensed it through Go! Beat Records. The record was subsequently licensed through Universal Records to Startime International for a North American release.

Vek made a guest appearance on the television programme, The OC, where he performed a gig at 'The Bait Shop' venue; the third season episode 'The Road Warrior' featured his track "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes". He also contributed to the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack, with "One Horse Race" which was the B-side to his single, "Nothing but Green Lights".

Vek released his second album, Leisure Seizure, in 2011 after a six-year absence from the music industry. The first single from the album, "A Chore", had its Radio 1 debut on Zane Lowe's show on 18 April that year.[2] In 2012, his song "Aroused" from the album was featured on the soundtrack of Forza Horizon. Also in 2011, he was guest vocalist on the album track, and single, "Warning Call", on DJ Shadow's The Less You Know, the Better.

On 11 April 2014, Vek announced his third album, Luck, along with the release of the album's first single, 'Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)'.[3] Luck was finally released in June 2014 to mixed reviews. NME said about the album "There are flashes of brilliance but the singer's third album misfires too often"[4] while the Guardian was more favourable, describing it as "deliciously unpredictable"[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions
UK[6]
2005 We Have Sound
73
2011 Leisure Seizure
79
2014 Tom Vek - Luck
-

EPs[edit]

Year Title
2005 Live from London

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions Album
UK[6]
2004 "If I Had Changed My Mind"
  • Released: 3 May 2004
  • Formats: 7"
We Have Sound
"If I Had Changed My Mind Remix"/"Your Love Is Gum"
"If You Want"
  • Released: 1 November 2004
  • Formats: CD, 7", 12"
90
We Have Sound
2005 "I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes"
  • Released: 21 March 2005
  • Formats: CD, 7", 12"
45
"C-C (You Set The Fire in Me)"
  • Released: 20 June 2005
  • Formats: CD, 2x7"
60
"Nothing But Green Lights"
  • Released: 24 October 2005
  • Formats: CD, 7", 12"
59
2011 "A Chore"
Leisure Seizure
"Someone Loves You"
2012 "You'll Stay"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://search.findmypast.co.uk/results/united-kingdom-records-in-birth-marriage-death-and-parish-records?firstname=thomas&lastname=vernon-kell
  2. ^ "Tom Vek Returns! New Album, Single, Radio 1 Play Next Week | News | DIY". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Tom Vek previews third album with new song Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)". NME.com. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tom Vek – 'Luck'". http://www.nme.com/. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tom Vek: Luck review". http://www.theguardian.com/. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 584. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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