Tom Walker – Live @ The Powerstation, Auckland 2019
The sizeable Scottish singer was recognisable with trademark beanie on as he took position centre front of the mic. This evenly cemented the tone for the evening adding, after being in Japan in “37-degree heat” it was a welcome change to be in rainy Auckland quipping “It’s like being at home”.
WORDS BY WAL REID
Not exactly the accolade Auckland needed to be bestowed upon the city, but hell, any kudos from Tom Walker we’ll gladly take.
Anyone who knows Tom Walker’s music will undoubtedly be familiar with his 2018 breakthrough single that shot the singer to worldwide acclaim Leave A Light On, so tonight was a great chance to meet the man and hear his music that has been at the fray of the surge of UK ‘heavy pop’ artists incorporating soulful vocals wrapped around the heavy snare and driving bass drum sound prevalent with groups like Imagine Dragons or Rag’n’Bone Man. Tonight, he was just loving on the Kiwi crowd and it was reciprocated.
Walker has an acute level of self-awareness, a self-imposed meta, an enigma wrapped inside a cartoon caricature of himself it seems, his hulking frame more akin to the Scottish rugby team than producing Soul cool. Songs like the hauntingly beautiful Fly Away with Me or the heavy-as-stink Dominoes with his Brexit overtones “No, no, it’s not cool” he said as the crowd applauded. Angels & Walk Alone, whom he co-wrote with UK dance merchants Rudimental sounded surprisingly heavier than their recorded counterparts, especially when he played guitar.
It was a great night as the show drew to a close, of course, Leave A Light On roused the crowd and the biggest cheer, but it was the insight into this gentle giant’s artistic world through song & music and that soulful voice that really made the night an experience.
Here’s hoping when he comes back the weather will at least turn it on for his impending return.