Emmy The Great has released a remix of lead single ‘Swimming Pool’ by Tom Vek. Where previous recordings have been introspective, reflecting the deepest concerns and confines…Read More
London’s eclectic one-man band Tom Vek combines electronic music with indie rock, punk with dance, and influences like new wave and garage (and also made most of his early recordings in his parents’ garage, too). However, as a teen in the mid-’90s, Vek was inspired by grunge and began making rock along the lines of Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam; before that, he backed his guitarist father on bass and drums in their practice space/garage. When his family acquired a reel-to-reel tape recorder when he was 14, Vek began recording his music, which evolved from grungy rock to Warp- and Ninja Tune-influenced electronica as the ’90s came to a close. Vek had been sending his music to a friend of the family (who happened to be Alex Cooper, the longtime drummer for Katrina & the Waves) who in turn sent Vek’s latest, electronica-inspired music to his cousin (who happened to be Tim “Love” Lee, the head of quirky electronic label Tummy Touch). Lee signed Vek to the label, and in 2001 the 7″ “There’s Only One Thing Left Now” became Vek’s first officially released work. Tummy Touch agreed to release a full-length from Vek, which he began working on in between his graphic design studies at St. Martins. However, Vek’s music had morphed again, moving from delicate electronica to something sharper-edged and more rock-based. Singles such as “If You Want” heralded this new direction, as did gigs (with a full backing band) supporting acts like Bloc Party and Engineers. Vek’s debut album, We Have Sound, was released in the U.K. in spring 2005 via Tummy Touch, and then sublicensed by Island/Universal. Startime International released the album in the U.S. that fall. After touring in support of the album, Vek took his time making further music. He found a recording space in East London and established PALLET Recording Studios, taking three years to fill it with custom gear and teach himself new production techniques, and another two years to write and record music. Vek resurfaced early in 2011 with the single “A Chore,” the first taste of his second album, Leisure Seizure, which was released digitally in June of that year and physically that September.
London, England-based artist Tom Vek debuted his video for “Pushing Your Luck” today and the Paxi-directed, colorful and hypnotic clip can now be seen below. The song…Read More
In June, DIY recording artist Tom Vek returned with his third album Luck. Detuned guitars, looped up drums, lackadaisical vocal delivery and orphaned electronic noises all mix together to make up the sound of Luck, out now. It’s an album full of his typical,Read More
In the world of Tom Vek, the multi-instrumentalist is close to becoming prolific. Vek dropped his debut LP, ‘We Have Sound’ in 2005 to widespread praise then consequently fell off the planet for six years. During this just over half a decade period,Read More
This June DIY recording artist Tom Vek returns with his third album ‘Luck’. The first single from the album is titled ‘Sherman (Animals In The Jungle)’, a searing comment on our state of moral ambivalence inspired by Tom Wolfe’s novel,Read More
Tom Vek is set to release a brand new album on June 9th via Moshi Moshi Records. Drawing on the modern anxiety of finding your place in a world saturated by information, Luck plunges the personal to deliver tracks that are,Read More
Much has been said already about Tom Vek reappearing onto the musical map after being out of the public eye for so long. There is a six year gap between Vek’s debut, We Have Sound and sophomore LP, Leisure Seizure.Read More