Dylan John Thomas is shaping up to be Scotland’s next major breakthrough artist, as evidenced by airplay that spans Radio 1, BBC Introducing, 6 Music and Radio X, as well as a rush of tastemaker approval, and a flair for winning over audiences from sold-out headline shows to major support slots and big festivals. His inspiring journey now continues as he shares the new single ‘What a Shame’.
The jaunty, singalong indie-folk of ‘What a Shame’ possesses a bright, energising vibe which initially masks its meaning. Dylan takes aim at the “fake tears” and the “show of emotion by the graveside” of someone who sounds like they’re to blame for the death that is now being mourned. Like recently released singles from the forthcoming EP ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’ and ‘Fever’, 'What a Shame' shows that Dylan can tell stories from a unique perspective in a way that immediately gets under your skin. Dylan wrote ‘What a Shame’ and produced and mixed the track with Rich Turvey (Blossoms, Courteneers).
‘What a Shame’, ‘If I Didn’t Laugh’, and ‘Fever’ will all feature on ‘Dylan John Thomas - EP2’. In addition to its digital and streaming formats, the EP will also be released on limited edition transparent 12” vinyl.
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Dylan John Thomas learned to play the guitar while growing up in a foster home in Glasgow. Captivated by videos of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash, he started busking around the city centre, which provided the foundation for the talent which now sees people flock to his shows.
From those modest roots, Dylan began to win over a host of influential musicians. Gerry Cinnamon was first onboard, an artist who not only mentored Dylan but showed him that you can achieve success on your own terms. Since then, Dylan has been invited to support Liam Gallagher, Sam Fender, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Courteeners and Stereophonics. Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Craddock even encouraged Dylan by gifting him one of his favourite guitars.
Dylan’s own career got off to a flying start, with his first two tracks, ‘Nobody Else’ and ‘Problems’, exceeding 3 million streams on Spotify alone. He then released his self-titled debut EP in 2021, which quickly sold out its entire vinyl run. His live shows were just as successful, as he became the fastest ever Scottish artist to sell out a debut show at King Tut’s in 2019before scaling up to play a sold-out Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom earlier this year.
After huge success at various festivals this summer, including his debut at Glastonbury and an incredibly well-received main stage slot at TRNSMT, Dylan will embark upon a major UK tour this autumn. With the majority of dates already sold out, it concludes with a return to Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom, where a second night was added to fulfil phenomenal public demand after the first sold out within a day. Tickets for the shows listed below are available HERE.
18th Aberdeen, Unit 51 (SOLD OUT)
19th Dundee, Duck Slattery’s (SOLD OUT)
22nd Newcastle, Boiler Shop
23rd Manchester, Gorilla (SOLD OUT)
24th Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (SOLD OUT)
26th Liverpool, East Village Arts Club (SOLD OUT)
27th Birmingham, Hare & Hounds (SOLD OUT)
30th London, Colours
7th Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
8th Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom (SOLD OUT)