Thom Morecroft

SHROPSHIRE born, Thom Morecroft, now spends most of his life in Liverpool, producing absolutely bewitching music, worthy of making women swoon and males turn. Acoustically inclined, his sound has an efficacious omnipotentness, pushing a marvellous feeble tenderness to the forefront of Liverpool's music scene.

December 2012 saw the release of Morecroft's latest album, 'Moon Moon Shake It' proving the uttermost proficiency he possesses when music is concerned. Everyone who is anyone will listen in absolute awe of what is developing as the album flickers from track to track, how beautifully scripted and cleverly concocted it is to provide a powerful basis for an utterly radiant listening experience.

One track that caught my eye in particular was 'Daisy', with its charming vocals and pleasing acoustic vibes. A fanciful introduction makes for a sure vocal start from Morecroft, using his enticing, rustically versatile voice as a starter point to grow the track into a rather laid-back tune, leading the listener to imagine a late-night bar setting, candlelit and mysterious but most definitely full of dazzling inclinations of the power to come. Armed with the whisper-esque backing vocals from Elle Schillereff, the mystery around 'Daisy' grows and grows, charming all, then, with the sudden changing from quiet to loud, it captures imaginations even more so than before, taking the listener on a rather bewildering but thoroughly enjoyable listening experience, definitely a track you'd crave instantly. 
'Moon Moon Shake It' is available to listen to via Thom's soundcloud

Whether it's creating music, playing live or organising live nights, Thom Morecroft is certainly a man with many talents, achieving so much yet still having a lot more to give. The Music Manual managed to grab a quick interview with the man himself to find out about the marvellous creator...

When did you realise music was what you wanted to do?

I would have been around eight years old and watching the film ‘A Hard Days Night’. You know that scene on the train where they play ‘I Should Have Known Better’…? For quite a while afterwards, it made me want to be all three talented members.

Has music always been a big part of your life?

I would say it has! I think we’re generally a very musical people. You always see parents rocking their babies or toddlers to music when there is something on. I wonder if it’s born out of some blind mad panic. "I don’t mind about dirty teeth but I hope to God our Billy develops good rhythm.”

You're originally from Shropshire, how does the music scene differ from Liverpool's ?

I can only really comment from the point of view of an acoustic artist. The way I see it, Shropshire’s gig circuit is a lot about traditional folk (and I mean folky folky folky) or blues. Liverpool’s acoustic circuit seems to be more centred around the singer-songwriter-thing, particularly Americana. I also haven’t been playing in Shropshire much up until recently when I did a few things at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, so I wouldn’t want to make too many comments about the music going on now down there. Obviously, I think Liverpool is the greatest city in the universe and that the current wave of singer-songwriters emerging from here is unmatchable…but what do I know?

How has the response been for your latest album, 'Moon Moon Shake It'?

I’ve had some lovely local reviews of the record. Additionally, the ex-editor of NME, Q, Mojo and Word Magazine Paul Du Noyer has said it’s “powerful stuff”, and apparently has it on sometimes when entertaining friends at his London home. Two of the songs have been played on BBC6 by Tom Robinson as well. It’s sold fairly well. However, the biggest response to come out of it is for there to be more band songs like ‘Daisy’, the title track and ‘Holly’. It plays like a (good) singer-songwriter album, and I’m definitely excited to move on and do something bigger, darker and bolder.

How did The Fresh Sessions at Schmooze Bar come about?

Graham Holland who runs Liverpool Acoustic was asked by the couple that run Schmooze Bar if he knew anyone that could run live weekly acoustic music there. Graham immediately recommended me and Sian Williams. We had run a very successful but short-lived live event at a bar on Berry St called ‘Unplugged at the Sink’. Unfortunately the name of the night was just too hilarious so we had to look elsewhere. Sian, now in the band ‘Bird’, couldn’t commit to the night in the end. I’ve been running it solo since July 2012.

Do you think a lot of the more well-known artists take their status for granted?

Oh definitely - I always wake up in the mornings and think “Picasso Picasso doesn’t know he’s born.”

Are there any other local musicians that you're liking the sound of?

There are plenty worth mentioning, but I’d like to mention two who aren’t that well known in Liverpool at the moment. One is Hannah Kewn, who just has one of the most incredible voices I’ve ever heard. If you get the chance to see her, take yourself up on it – she’s phenomenal. The other is Matthew McGurty. It keeps me awake at night that Matt isn’t signed or on some enormous tour – his voice and song-writing style are simply beautiful - I’ve never heard anything like him in my life.

Your favourite tracks to play live?

With my band behind me, it’s got to be the song ‘Holly’, which is on the newest album. It feels like taking your biggest dog out for a walk. I also really like playing a song of mine called ‘Pissing In The Rain’ with the band, which will be on the next record. For a solo gig in a silent room with a bolt-up audience, it’s always ‘The Beast’ though (also on ‘Moon Moon Shake It’).

Going back to when you first started in your music journey, any advice you'd give to your younger self?

Musically, I’d let him get on with it. But in terms of promoting himself, I’d advise him to plan things out more, to think before he speaks and to look people in the eyes a bit more. I met Natalie McCool this year and ended up working with her in preparation for an interview with Paul Du Noyer presented by Little Atom Productions, and I think I may have made a terrible first impression due to the combination of talking too-much-too-loudly and my eyes dotting across the room. I’ve fixed it now though - I seem to see her around fairly frequently in the city centre, and she is always incredibly friendly. So yeah, I’d tell 16-year old Thom to calm down a bit. I’d tell 22-year Thom to as well.

What's on the cards for the rest of this year?

Gigging, planning (for a change) and starting to record the new material for an album coming out in September 2014. I’ve just started running a monthly event at Unit 51 on Jamaica Street called ‘Shangri La La La’ which runs from 7pm-10pm every third Friday.
Beyond recordings or playing host, my next gig is on the 12th of September at The Camp and Furnace, where I will be backed by the Full Moon Band. I’m also going to be part of organising an art, poetry and music festival called ‘Unfold’ in November with parts of the Lemon Collective and the Wild Writers, particularly Laura Sullivan and Rebecca Brookfield.

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