Dylan John Thomas’s recent single ‘Fever’ was the catalyst for a succession of big moments for the 24-year-old singer-songwriter. He celebrated the track’s release by fulfilling a lifelong ambition when he played a sold-out Glasgow Barrowland show, and has since made his Glastonbury debut and played shows as guest to Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteneers and Stereophonics. Mentored by Gerry Cinnamon, Dylan’s latest accomplishments add to previous achievements which have included gigs with Sam Fender and Liam Gallagher, as well as airplay from BBC Introducing, Radio X and 6 Music.
Dylan follows ‘Fever’ by sharing his brand new single ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’. Listen HERE. The song comes ahead of his main stage performance at Glasgow’s TRNSMT this Sunday. He received a rapturous reception during his set at last year’s festival, with a huge crowd singing along to songs such as ‘Jenna’ and ‘Nobody Else’.
Dylan also announces a UK headline tour today, which commences on the 18th November in Aberdeen and culminates in Glasgow at Barrowlands on the 8th December. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 13th July at 9am and can be purchased HERE. For the full list of live dates visit https://www.dylanjohnthomas.com/
Both ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’ and ‘Fever’ will feature on ‘Dylan John Thomas – EP2’, along with two brand new songs in the shape of ‘Now And Then’ and ‘What A Shame’ as well as the opening instrumental ‘Battle of Alesia’. The EP will be released on 4th November on digital/streaming formats and on limited edition 12” transparent vinyl. Pre-order or pre-save the EP HERE.
The unflinchingly honest, first-person perspectives that make Dylan’s songwriting so engaging reaches new heights on ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’. Dylan looks back at the summers of his childhood. Living in foster care and separated from his siblings, he looks back and concludes “If I didn’t laugh, I’d cry.” But in contrast to the social realism of the lyrics, the song feels unstoppably uplifting. From its earworm whistles to the anthemic hook, ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’ feels like a kindred spirit to his cover of ‘Ring of Fire’, the first song he ever learned to play and a highlight of his live shows.
One early supporter became a pivotal figure in Dylan’s life. Gerry Cinnamon provided both encouragement and guidance, setting an example of someone who could cultivate a career on his own terms. And soon Dylan was making waves of his own, selling out King Tut’s quicker than any other artist in the venue’s history, and developing a wider following with his self-titled debut EP.
10th – Glasgow, TRNSMT
30th – Kendal Calling
28th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival
18th Aberdeen, Unit 51
19th Dundee, Fat Sams
22nd Newcastle, Boiler Shop
23rd Manchester, Gorilla
24th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
26th Liverpool, Arts Loft
27th Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
30th London, Colours
8th Glasgow, Barrowlands