Former frontman of indie-punk pioneers The Paddingtons, Tom Atkin rose to prominence as a key driver of alternative rock during the noughties.
The band split after just two albums but reformed briefly in 2014 to play a hometown festival in Hull.
Atkin took time out from the music business, following the birth of his daughter, but Honey Brain is the second solo offering of his hotly anticipated second coming.
Co-written and produced by London-based, South American artist Attawalpa, the new single, along with the forthcoming debut project of the same name, was almost lost on an old hard drive.
But lockdown led to the re-emergence of some of Atkin’s most lucid work yet.
In Tom Atkin’s own words:
“It’s a Pistols-esque note to oneself about the realisation of where to place your energy within a relationship.
“It’s about not wanting to win an argument because the conflict isn’t really worth it in the first place.”
The verdict on Honey Brain
Edgy, evocative and easily his best work yet, Honey Brain is Tom Atkin at the top of his game.
Paired with a suitably disturbing video — replete with DIY clown make-up — it’s an anarchic anthem for a lost generation.
And Honey Brain will surely resonate with those tackling tough relationships at the height of another national lockdown.
Atkin’s familiarly doleful refrain is paired with punk-fuelled riffs to create an atmosphere rippling with tension and pent-up frustration.
Not for the faint hearted. Essential listening for everyone else.
What’s next for Tom
Atkin’s new project will never be far away in 2021 with more new music incoming.
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