My songs have been used on TV shows, played on radio in the UK and Europe (BBC, XFM) and playlisted for use in fashion stores around the world, including Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger.
“In You I Hide” can be heard in Season 3, Episode 4 (“Pandora”, BBC America) of the hit show SKINS where the song plays out over the final scene and end credits. Fans of the show will know the original UK airing featured the song “Breaker” by Low.
Here it is on the Italian dubbed version:
The song is the opener on The Wonderfully Titled EP which can be purchased at Bandcamp via the ‘buy’ link below. Alternatively, it’s available through all the main digital music stores: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, Tidal, Deezer, Shazam, Anghami, Beatport, 7digital, Napster, emusic, junodownload and 24-7.
“Without a doubt, Twenty Twenty Vision’s promo CD is the finest to settle down on this desk for a while. In You I Hide is an achingly superb piece of songwriting, ghosting subtle vocals in amongst a tune that’s so simple, it’s utterly gorgeous.” (BBC)
“This is such a beautiful record. Twenty Twenty Vision yearn for the days when frail lovesick records ruled the airwaves of late night radio. If you love perkily cascading spring time jangling chords all sensitively delivered then this is for you. Both Adequately Marvellous and In You I Hide are things to rekindle hope in perfect song writing yet the jewel in the crown is the dreamily spun Complication – swooning prickly pop of the highest order.” (Losing Today Magazine)
“A CD of absolutely beautiful songs… Adrian Lomas has produced one of most professional and well written demos I have ever heard. His songs are joyous celebrations of understated guitar indie-pop and I feel absolutely uplifted by it. Let’s hope someone like Domino Records bumps into this very talented young man soon.” (This Is Not TV)
“This is great. Five tracks of understated indie-pop, with clever lyrics, pretty melodies and a hint of Elliott Smith style melancholy… if this release is anything to go by, he’s set for big things.” (Piccadilly Records)
“TTV make a welcome return with this E.P. that now sees Adrian Lomas ably supported by a growing cast of musicians. “In You I Hide” is insightful, tender and packed with melody. Lomas has a voice that refuses to bellow, yet contains more power than even the most hardened of rock singers. The songs are delivered in a perfect balance of harmony, accuracy and sensitivity. The emotional values are never lost or overblown. “In You I Hide” is one of the best modern folk songs to some out of Manchester this year. “Complication” is a slice of breezy pop, excellent song writing and a real understanding of 80’s pop. Underneath all of this is a respect for the values of folk and Mancunian / urban landscapes. “Adequately Marvellous” is classic TTV, losing none of its relevancy or effect on another run out. “So Secretly” is just full of possible options for arrangements, recording or otherwise.
On the folk / acoustic scene just a few names get touted in the more fickle news columns and glossy locals. Lomas and Twenty Twenty Vision so far, have the tunes and the perfect voice, which for me, is far trendier and then some . MMMMM [5/5]” (manchestermusic.co.uk)
“Musically this is a pleasant experience, the vocals are purely subtle, the songwriting top notch and it’s no surprise this has received airplay from the likes of Terry Christian. Excellent stuff, wonderfully produced and beautifully arranged.” (Gigwise)
“Lyrically, it’s a heartfelt collection and behind Lomas’ hushed vocals lies a woozy penchant for dreamy indie and serene beauty. An utterly charming showcase, which implies a fruitful future.” (Angry Ape)
“Twenty Twenty Vision (aka Adrian Lomas) may be a mobile singer with an acoustic guitar in a gig bag, but his songs seek horizons far, far beyond, his ironically entitled song “Adequately Marvellous”. Whilst the local radar bleeps with frantic statements of “talent off the starboard bow”, Lomas is a relatively hidden gem within the City’s very impressive and still growing, Singer/ Songwriter scene. But the plaudits are streaming thick and fast for Adrian, particularly from independent review platforms – and tonights performance justifies this. The melodies and songs are so well rounded and yet detailed, that Twenty Twenty Vision are a proposition to seek out and savour.” (manchestermusic.co.uk, live review from 2005)
“The very wonderful TWENTY TWENTY VISION featuring Adrian Lomas (www.twentytwentyvision.net) is stripped to a three piece and in these days of burgeoning lists of singer/songwriters, TTV deserve to stand tall. Adrian Lomas has a voice to die for and he suppresses it’s magic with tantalising efficiency – it’s the music that does it though – with pop soundbites and too many tunes to be true, Lomas is worth seeking out in any eventuality.” (manchestermusic.co.uk, live review from 2006)
My first demos from the late 1990s were awarded ‘Star Choice’ in Manchester’s City Life magazine, received praise in Melody Maker and from fanzine writers in Europe. I received tremendous support from manchestermusic.co.uk (Jon Ashley and Mike Gray) and went on to play some of their excellent acoustic nights at the Roadhouse. So, my thanks go to all the places which have reviewed me, including: BBC (Chris Long and others), Stockport Express (for the page feature), Metro, Piccadilly Records, Logo Magazine, Losing Today Magazine, Star Polish, High Voltage, Musicians’ Union, Angry Ape, Unbarred, Unpeeled, Juxta, Vanity Project, This Is Not TV, Glasswerk and Gigwise.
Other Broadcasts and Performances
My first ever performance as Twenty Twenty Vision came from Rob Fulton contacting me to do a live session on Radio Space. The station broadcast from the basement of a shop in Manchester city centre. I assume it was all legal. Sitting alongside my friend, guitarist Mark Paterson (now a double Emmy award-winning animator working on shows such as Archer – how cool is that?), two songs were performed (‘Whisper Calm’ and ‘Time Enough’) and we did a short interview with the DJ. I went on to do other live sessions including a solo one on BBC radio and a band one on television station Channel M. Thanks to Gina DeBartolo, the video to “Adequately Marvellous” (filmed by Phil Wood and students from Carlisle) was included in the BBC Big Screen Project and was projected to countless numbers walking about Manchester.
In terms of more traditional gigs, my first solo gig as TTV was at a venue called Cafe Pop in the Northern Quarter, Manchester. My first band gig as TTV was at The Late Room and it prompted a reviewer to comment: “As a big tease he made a debut gig tonight and promptly broke up his band.” As that makes me sound a lot more rock n roll than I am, I’ll leave you picturing some sort of huge Oasis-style fight happening on stage. With the exception of that gig, where I played bass (I can’t play bass) and sang, I always appeared with my trusty Takamine G Series acoustic guitar. I returned to The Late Room at a later date in support of 4AD act The Mountain Goats and played various events such as War Child, In The City and at the inaugural SWAP festival. I played frequently (both solo and with different live band formats) at various venues: Band On The Wall, Night & Day, The Roadhouse, The Late Room, Star & Garter, Tmesis, The Attic, Green Room, Soundgarden, Whitworth Halls, Bruins Bar, Glass, Squares, Manchester Arena… ok, not the Manchester Arena.
The Wonderfully Titled EP – credits
Adrian Lomas (vocals, acoustic guitar on So Secretly, programming)
Mark Paterson (guitars and artwork)
Gary Lowe (bass)
Recorded at Revolution Studios, Cheshire by Justin Richards.
Thanks to Andy MacPherson.
All music/words copyright 2002/03, Adrian Lomas.
The Wonderfully Titled EP – lyrics
“In You I Hide”
I never sleep, you might be the dream I cannot keep
Live to regret all of the promises of no end
Only to find no use in the end can be justified
And what in the world could keep me alive if you should go?
How would it feel to live with a wound which never healed?
Pretend to forget all of the dream and all it meant
No way to hide, these pictures of you are in my mind
And who in the world would stand by my side if you should go?
This battered up ship was never taking me anywhere, anytime
It’s in you I hide.
I didn’t come here to cause complication, I didn’t come to save the day
I only came here for some information, it wasn’t meant to be this way
Why don’t you call me beautiful? Why don’t you look at me that way?
Why don’t you call me beautiful anyway?
Is it too hard to look at me? Is it too hard to see your face?
Tell me how easy I was to give away
Don’t say you’re sorry, don’t say you had no choice
You made your choice
Maybe it’s sickness, maybe I’m selfish like you
Maybe I need to know who I am, who you are
Or maybe I need you
When will you call me beautiful? When will you look at me that way?
When will you call me beautiful everyday?
In a different light, I might see your face and call you sunshine
But who wants to live in darkness all their life? I know I don’t
In a different time, I might write to say I find you so sublime
But who wants to lie when the truth is just as clear from both sides?
In a different world, where plain looks kill they’d try you for genocide
But who’d want to die for a buxom bucktoothed blonde with her father’s eyes?
Well, you asked me to be honest
You said you liked me at my most sincere
Sincerely I will miss you
Adequately marvellous, dear
Only an obscene mind could imagine how you’d look at a bad time
And I’ve always known that perfection never dressed in her mother’s clothes
So secretly I’ll be shouting for you
So silently I’ll be telling everyone
Everything is all you mean to me
Although some never find what they’re searching for
Although some give up waiting, I will wait some more
For that one life makes everything worthwhile
When everything is all you mean to me
“Hole In My Heart”
I want everyone to love my face, but only you to know the time it takes to make it look this way
I’m not a decoration once a year, being tinfoiled is this turkey’s fear
So stuff me well
I want to lie by your fire just to keep warm
This hole in my heart
I want everyone to know my past, but only you to know just when to laugh at everything I’ve ever done
I would sit happily on your tree but you’d make no angel out of me
How does it feel when I want to lie by your fire, just to keep warm
This hole in my heart
On a personal note, I’ve been lucky to play alongside some excellent musicians and great people, including Rob Clark (guitar), Andrew Clarke (bass), Paul Fox (guitar), Trevor Kennedy (drums), Gary Lowe (bass), Mark Paterson (guitar), Ramesh Ramaswamy (drums), Ian Willett (drums) and, of course, my wife Heather (keys). It was also a great pleasure to share bills with many acts whose music I enjoyed: Stickboy, Garron Frith, King Street Hobo and Colours Run, to name a few.