This week the Observer launches a new feature in which we profile Harrow and Brent's hottest new bands. MEIMUNAH PEEROO has the lowdown on the eclectic five-piece Thom Lyons Band
PRIDING themselves on their "different and unique" sound, the Thom Lyons Band ooze an eclectic range musical interests. From indie-cum-rock to dirty funk and from classical to batucada, the band have been playing as a fully formed outfit for a year.
Self-confessed 'music geek' Thom Lyons - one half of the original duo that grew into a fivesome - says: "None of us can really put our iPods on shuffle because of the huge range of music we are into. One song is indie, then the next is house, then classical then hip hop."
Thom, a Roehampton Film and Television graduate, explained their orchestral influence: "We were bored of the same sounds of indie bands so we thought that having a cello adds a bit of sparkle to our music as people are not expecting to see a cello at a gig".
After a second CD entitled This Is How It Goes, playing at venues across the capital and supporting Cathy Davey who recently won the Irish equivalent of the Brit Awards, the band is now targeting the Harrow scene. However, there are challenges to gaining local exposure.
Thom says: "The hardest part is dealing with what is called 'paper play' where supposed promoters ask for bands to bring 20 people to get a gig and this makes it very difficult for bands who are trying to establish themselves beyond their friends and friends of friends."
With all the members bar Thom having grown up in Harrow and attended Nower Hill High School in Pinner, the band are set to perform at The Trinity in Harrow and are among the bands lined up for Harrow on the Chill, an impending music festival in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust.
Before then, Thom is playing a solo show tomorrow (Friday) night at The River Bar besides Tower Bridge in central London.