A band comprising of three 19-year-old girls who all write, sing, play guitar and who formed under their own volition is probably rare. Noteworthy even. But what makes One Sixth of Tommy really matter is their music.
Their songs are melodic, graceful and uplifting with a nod to acoustic traditions yet not without a healthy dose of experimentation. It is a sound well formed despite the band’s age. First meeting at a music workshop in their hometown of Stourbridge, they hit the ground running and have been writing, playing live and logging hours in rehearsal rooms ever since.
Playing The Croissant Neuf and Bandstand stages at last year’s Glastonbury Festival was the first of the many highlights of their continual upward trajectory. Their first album is another.
You’re In My Head is an exciting debut consisting of 11 beautifully crafted pop songs; instantly memorable but with genuine depth, delivered with an effortlessness indicative of friendship, hard work and a shared musical intuition.
With the guidance of Chris Hughes (Tears For Fears, Paul McCartney) and Mark Frith (Tom McRae, The Electric Soft Parade) they have created an album that spans emotions and moods, beautifully capturing the ups and downs of life but still ringing out loud with the joy of youth.
The girls cite amongst their many influences Suzanne Vega, Bright Eyes, Fleetwood Mac, Azure Ray, M. Ward, Tegan and Sara, Feist and Bon Iver.
One Sixth of Tommy is Joanna Grennan (vocals, guitar, piano), Jordan Martin (vocals, guitar, piano) and Jorja Bates (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, percussion)