After returning with his explosive new single ‘Could I Live With Being Fake‘ earlier this year, which was premiered by BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, and found support with Official Charts, Louder Than War, Songwriting Magazine’s #OnTheStereo, inclusion in Rolling Stone India’s ‘Hits of Tomorrow’, NARC Mag, PRS’s M Magazine’s ‘Fresh Friday’, This Feeling and many more, fast-rising Tom A. Smith is back once again to share the official video for his latest release.
Illustrating the single’s powerful lyrics, the new visuals for ‘Could I Live With Being Fake’ sees the frontman don clown makeup to bring his latest offering to life. Despite its stripped-back and minimal aesthetic, he delivers a compelling performance of the new track and highlights the sense of duality within the song’s original prose.
Speaking about the new video, he said, “It was a nerve racking video to make. I had to get the whole second half of the video done in one take because the makeup was done so well.”
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘COULD I LIVE WITH BEING FAKE‘ HERE
Having already played a ton of gigs since the release of his debut single ‘Wolves’ last year, including supporting Courteeners, Martha Hill, Vistas, Blondes, The Pale White, Eliza and The Bear, Gang of Youths and most recently Sunset Sons on their recent UK & Ireland tour, Tom A. Smith has also announced a string of live dates for the forthcoming year, including shows at The Great Escape, Barn on the Farm, Neighbourhood Weekender and Glastonbury, as well as support slots for Miles Kane. See his full list of live performances below.
Tom A. Smith Live Dates:
12 – Brighton The Great Escape Festival
23 – Cardiff Tramshed – Miles Kane support
24 – Birmingham O2 Institute – Miles Kane support
25 – Manchester Albert Hall – Miles Kane support
27 – Sheffield The Leadmill – Miles Kane support
28 – Warrington Neighbourhood Weekender
29 – Leeds O2 Academy Leeds – Miles Kane support
31- The Roundhouse – Miles Kane support
4 – Birmingham Sonic Wave
18 – Czech Republic – Hradec Kralove Rock for People
1 – Gloucester – Barn On The Farm
2 – Gloucestershire – Nibley Festival
23 – Chester le Street – Little Lindi
6 – Bingley Bingley Weekender
Despite still being a teenager, Sunderland-based newcomer Tom A. Smith has already achieved more than most artists do in a lifetime. He played his first ever gig aged just eight, supporting local psychedelic rockers Detroit Social Club at legendary Newcastle venue The Cluny, performed at Glastonbury before he was even in secondary school, and Tim Burgess handpicked him to play his stage at Kendal Calling, making him the festival’s youngest ever performer. He has played live with local hero Sam Fender and Catfish & The Bottlemen, as well as supported other Northern acts on the rise like The Lathums and The Mysterines.
Tom A. Smith’s self-uploaded performances have won him fans amongst rock and roll royalty. The week David Bowie passed, Bowie’s widow Iman shared Smith’s cover of Bowie’s Lazarus online, commenting on the emotional impact of Smith’s rendition. Blossoms recognised him from one of his videos as he was watching them from the crowd and invited him backstage, while Morrissey – not a man known to lavish praise or endorsements on others – played Smith’s cover of Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want as his walk on music on a recent US tour. Nile Rogers, James frontman Tim Booth, indie legends The Coral, and many more besides have shared footage of his performances across the globe.
“It’s never normal. Every single time it happens it’s surreal,” reflects Smith on the countless pinch-me moments of his career so far. “Music is always what I wanted to do. I just fell in love with it. I asked for guitar lessons when I was four. It’s all I’ve ever known.”