Meet Tom “Bom” Weymouth, a bassist who got our attention with a great story that includes an really unique sounding job, a great gig, an awesome super power and a great story of how it all began for him.
Tom is the No Treble reader in the spotlight for the week of July 29, 2013.
I was born and raised on the family farm on Dartmoor UK. I got my first taste of the bass at age 10 and never looked back… plunged into music feet first at secondary school, and started gigging age 13. I tried to include myself in as many ensembles as possible, including 30 piece swing bands, heavy metal groups, and show orchestras.
I studied Bass guitar at the prestigious Academy of Contemporary Music, where I joined the band Newrising. Newrising have toured across the UK, and as far away as Barbados. The band have also had the pleasure of supporting the likes of Ed Sheeran, Newton Faulkner, Charlie Simpson and Mungo Jerry.
I work for a great company called ‘The Musicians Answering Service’, a diary service for classical musicians. We take their bookings and relay messages to musicians from fixers.
Bands & Gigs:
Bass player and backing vocalist for Newrising. We have toured across the UK, and played some of the biggest festivals in the UK including Bestival, Secret Garden Party and have traveled further afield to play the Virgin Holidays Music Festival in Barbados for two years running. We supported Ed Sheeran in 2012, playing to a sold out crowd of 10,000. We are currently hibernating in the studio working on our second full length album.
I keep things simple.
- Fender Precision 62 reissue
- Qtron Plus
- Hartke stack
Why I play the bass:
I was learning guitar when I was very young, but didn’t really get on with it. My teacher at the time suggested I try the bass, and I thank him every day for it!
My bass superpower/claim to fame
I am a legend at restringing! I have been known to snap a string, run off stage, re-string the bass and get back on stage to finish the tune!
Les Claypool. Pink Floyd. Clutch. Frank Zappa. Basically anything that grooves!