Review of "Roots, Morals and Other Life choices" EP

Most people are fed up with their day jobs. The only thing that prevents them from leaving in a blaze of glory after telling their boss to go fuck himself is that they have nothing else to fall back on. That’s what sets Tom Clements apart from the rest.

After years of honing his musical skills, Clements left his dead-end day job in 2011 and decided to have a go at a music career. Over the last four years, Clements has played over 500 gigs, been nominated for a number of accolades from the Dorset Music Awards and Bournemouth unplugged and released two EPs.

He’s also gained the title of “master of the loop pedal” for his ability to use a loop machine to turn his acoustic guitar into a miniature orchestra. Clements uses this skill to his advantage considering that he plays most of the lead, rhythm and bass guitar parts on the record.

While Tom Clements is a multi-talented individual, make no mistake, he didn’t record this album all on his own. Clements made his first record with a little help from his friends, which include some big names like Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh who plays slide guitar on “The Jig of 20…” and “Can You See (How I’m Feeling),” two tracks which seem to be channeling the guitar work of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, one of Clements’ key musical influences.

Another collaborator who appears on this album is Scott McKeon, a session guitarist who has worked with pop stars like Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Ray, but has a heavy blues background. McKeon’s country blues guitar style on “My Addiction” adds a down home, American musical aesthetic combined nicely with Tom Clements’ English vocal twist.

Many of the songs on “Roots, Morals & Other Life Choices” are about Clements’ life during his period of transition from office worker to indie rocker. A good example of this is “How It Was,” which talks about how Clements threw off the shackles of the 9-5 routine. It’s almost reminiscent of how David Brent feels working at Werham Hogg in Ricky Gervais’ “The Office.” The difference between Clements and Brent however is that Clements can actually hack it.

by Jack Dickinson - The Even Ground

Hi Everyone
If you’re reading this you’ve already expressed an interest in the very talented Tom Clements. 
Can I just say, if you don’t book him you’re missing out! Tom is very talented, has great stage presence and is a fantastic front man. He plays to the audience and not at them, he involves his audience in the whole act and this is what makes Tom’s music different from other performers.  
At the Tippling Philosopher, we have had hundreds of acts but Tom is one of our favourites, mostly because of his unique ability to grasp the atmosphere around him and fill our venue with his music. Each time Tom has performed for us we have had different audiences and each time his act has engulfed every person. People who do not dance will dance...people who sing along will sing louder! 
Tom Clements is going places and he’ll take you with him... if you’re quick...
Di Belcher @ Tippling Philosopher, Milborne Port

Gig Review

Tom Clements is a great singer song writer from Shaftesbury who takes to the stage with a confident smile. As well as being a solo performer he has performed with bands, played as a session musician and also produces music in his own studio. He seems to literally to live just for music, his passion clearly shows in his performance. Tonight he delivers some top class faultless vocals coupled with some really skilful guitar playing including some clever special effects. As well as some great original well written songs such as “Promises” and “I Don’t Know”.

Tom performed by request from someone in the audience a stunning version of “Sultans Of Swing” by Dire Straits ending his set on a real high with everyone in the place just standing, listening to something really special, needless to say as the song ended the place burst into a noise of cheers as Tom left the stage.

Rock Regeneration



Review of "Harsh Words and Sharp Elbows" EP

From the depths of Dorset, in a small rural town called Shaftesbury lives Tom Clements. Tom is not your usual music artist as he literally surrounds himself with music 7 days a week, he is not only a great acoustic solo performer, he is a Producer, Sound Engineer, Session Musician, and when he has got time plays in a band. When you see Tom perform, it is very clear for everyone to see the passion he has for what he does, he gives 100% in whatever he is doing.

Tom has released a debut 4 track EP called “Harsh Words & Sharp Elbows” which just gives you a little taster of what Tom is all about. The songs all show some supremely skilled acoustic guitar work and some great quality song writing. The opener “Promises” sets the tone for the short journey ahead, a simple but effective number with acoustic guitar throughout with Tom’s vocals complemented well with some nice female harmonies. The stand out track “7 Years” a folky style track with an infectious looping guitar rift that runs and runs with some nice twists along the way.

The more upbeat “I Don’t Know” will have the listener singing along within a few runs through, the electric and acoustic guitars coupled with keyboards make for a pleasing sound that makes for a really enjoyable listening experience. The final number is short at 2:32 but a real beautiful number, “Song For Someone” is an emotional ending of a dedication for someone special and a declaration that “for every mistake I will travel back in time” and “When I’m with you I having the time of my life”. This EP really shows only a very small part of what Tom Clements is capable of, buy the EP and going and see him live and you will see just what a great performer he is.

By Rock Regeneration


Review of Tom Clements Eponymous Album

North Dorset’s Tom Clements has recently put together the finishing touches to his debut self titled album, which is a follow up to hiss debut release “Harsh, Words & Sharp Elbows” which was recorded as solo EP, this time Tom has bought in his full band to give the record much more depth than previously.

The album starts off with “Sum It Up” which immediately kicks off with an electric guitar intro and then a acoustic kicks in to make a nice combination and this sets the pace for the rest of the album, which has an easy listening radio friendly feel with a nudge in the direction of American country rock. “Creeping Up The Stairs” and “Dear Kirsty” though positive sounding the lyrics have a dark undertones of troubled times showing a few possible relationship scars, using cleverly put together lyrics like “Your favourite bunny boiler moves” and “Kirsty I compare you to processed meat, good on the out side and nothing good to me” to get the points across.

Three of the tracks “Seven Years”, “Promises” and “I Don’t Know” were also on the debut EP, but don’t fear these have not been just recycled they have been completed reworked making them sound completely different. “Seven Years and “Promises” have a faster pace with a much more rockier feel and “I Don’t Know” has bought in the talents of Willowen’s violinist Jasmine Watkiss to put an injection of foot tapping upbeat folk into it. The stand out track for me is “New York City Dreams” which starts off slowly with a keyboard intro progressing to acoustic guitar, this song shows of the great tone of Tom’s neat uncomplicated voice coupled with some nice harmonising from Isobel Thatcher.

At just 9 tracks in length a few runs through the record will familiarise you with the lyrics and have you singing along more and more with each listen. As well as helping other people produce quality music in his studio Tom has now come up with a piece of work of his own that he can be more than proud of. Look out for live dates with his new band very soon.

By Rock Regeneration