WHEN he’s not building cars at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port plant the aptly-named Tom Jones is taking the Liverpool music scene by storm.
The manufacturing engineering undergraduate and his groundbreaking band Earl Grey and the Legomen have played nearly all of the city’s popular music venues over the past year.
And their mix of indie, rap and electro has proven to be a big hit with revellers.
Tom, who is the lead singer and guitarist, said: “Our music is difficult to describe. It’s kind of a mix between Joy Division and Dr Dre, but going through Nirvana and The Streets on the way.”
The band formed in December 2006 and played their first gig a month later at the Barfly in Liverpool, competing in the electro heat of the Rock Star Wars Battle of the Bands competition.
They won that heat and then went on to finish third overall out of more than 50 bands.
Tom added: “After that gig we played several more shows in the Barfly. We even had our own club night there called Beats Per Minute but we had to give it up when I started work.
“We have also played in nearly every other venue in Liverpool. The Cavern, The Zanzibar, The Magnet, and The Picket.
“We have also played in Cafe Matisse in Southport and bars in Crosby and Waterloo.
“We had a gig at the Carling Academy 2 on January 12 which was nice because it was exactly one year since we started gigging.”
In March the band are supporting one of their heroes, Son Of Dave, who used to be in the Canadian rock band Crash Test Dummies, at the Barfly.
They also have a regular slot at Murphy’s Bar in Crosby performing the last Sunday night of every month.
For more information on Earl Grey and the Legomen visit www.myspace.com/eglm.