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Tompaulin playing at RoTa, Notting Hill, 13 August 2005
Background information
Origin Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Genres Indie pop
Years active 1999 - c.2007
Labels Action, Track & Field, Ugly Man
Past members Stacey McKenna
Simon "Tap" Trought
Jamie Holman
Ciaron Melia
Amos Memon
Katie Grocott
Giles Cooke
Lee Davies

Tompaulin were an indie pop band formed in Blackburn, Lancashire, England in 1999, and named after the Irish poet, critic, and lecturer Tom Paulin.

The band initially comprised Stacey McKenna (vocals), Simon "Tap" Trought (guitar), Jamie Holman (vocals/guitar/words), and Ciaron Melia (drums), although the line-up changed several times with other members including Amos Memon (drums), Katie Grocott (bass), Giles Cooke (banjo/guitar), and Lee Davies (keyboards).[1] The band released five singles on the Action Records, Track & Field, and Ugly Man labels, before the release of their debut album, The Town and the City in 2001.[1] The album was called "amazingly self-assured, confident and among the best releases of 2001" by Flak magazine.[2] The band were often compared to Belle & Sebastian, and their music was described by Kitty Empire in the NME as "equal parts beguiling and entertaining",[3][4] while The Times described them as "exactly the right balance between grim reality and the chord sequences that lift you out of it".[5] A further single followed on Track & Field in 2002, and the band went on to release two further albums on the label before splitting up.

The band recorded two sessions for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show, in 2000 and 2001.[6]



  • "Ballad of the Bootboys" (1999) Action
  • Carcrash EP (2000) Action
  • "Slender" (2000) Action
  • "It's a Girl's World" (2001) Track & Field
  • "My Life at the Movies" (2001) Ugly Man
  • "Give Me a Riot in the Summertime" (2002) Track & Field


  • The Town and the City (2001) Ugly Man
  • Into the Black (2005) Track & Field
  • Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt (2006) Track & Field


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) "Tompaulin", in The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0
  2. ^ Wittmershaus, Eric (2001) "Tompaulin The Town and the City", Flak
  3. ^ Kitty Empire (2001) "Tompaulin: It's a Girl's World", NME, January 18, 2001
  4. ^ Clancy, Ben (2001) "Tompaulin/Kicker/The Gospel Oak: London Aldgate East Arts Cafe", NME, January 11, 2001
  5. ^ Edwards, Mark (2005) "Tompaulin: Into the Black", The Times, january 9, 2005
  6. ^ Tompaulin at the BBC's Keeping It Peel site

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