LISTEN: Tom Prior shares new track ‘The Altar’

Following a great performance at Reading and Leeds festivals over the weekend, North London singer/songwriter Tom Prior has released the first track to be taken from his upcoming EP, Bad Advice. ‘The Altar’ serves the purpose of introducing Prior to a wealth of interested fans, with baited breath and sees him sing his way through a beautifully emotive piano melody and powerful driving guitar-heavy choruses via a track that grows and grows in both volume and energy. Prior has always been wary of being another writer on the treadmill of interchangeable singers, saying;

Coming from a rap background the concept of other people writing my lyrics just doesn’t wash,” Tom insists. “Even though I’m writing a certain style of music now, the approach is still very much like I’m a rapper. So the concept of someone writing my lyrics for me is… offensive! I hate to use words like honest and true because they’re such clichés, but it’s where I’m trying to go. I’m trying to be as involved with the game as I can be without playing it.  I’m very much trying to create an environment and a world within itself so that when you listen to my music you’re in that place with me.

Operating far outside the confines of the music industry, Prior has concentrated on creativity and musical freedom. Inspired by his diverse musical background, which includes Coldplay, Bob Dylan, Arctic Monkeys, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar and more, Prior has formulated an extremely diverse sound that crosses multiple genres.

Having been in the studio with Arctic Monkeys man Andy Nicholson, Prior’s Bad Advice is set to be a very strong EP and if ‘The Altar’ is anything to go by then we are definitely looking forward to hearing more!

Have a listen to the track below and let us know what you think @Gigslutz_

Matt Tarr

Matt Tarr

Urban Music Editor
With grime and hip hop being major influences on him growing up in South East London, Matt's passion is urban music but over the years he has gathered a hugely diverse taste, ranging from Wiley to The Smiths by way of Machine Head, that has made him a very open minded individual.
Matt Tarr