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We know it will change how we listen to music. Tom Brierley is the first post-pandemic act we talk to. While waiting to get back to his band Noughts, Tom has started PKNN, a new project heavily influenced by isolation.

Tom: I’m certainly one of those people who’d find a way to create music no matter what social restrictions were placed upon us. However, at times I’ve had to dig pretty deep to find that adaptive nature that’s so human. I barely even looked at my guitar in the first couple of weeks. Without the pressures of writing and rehearsing for a busy schedule, I kind of just sat there and did very little. It all seemed a bit pointless knowing that it would be a considerable amount of time before I’d be a practice in a room with my bandmates again. 

After a little bit of time, I started creating some pretty questionable electronic music on my iPad, and I think this sparked a bit of a mental shift. I started looking back over old collaborations, and I guess that’s when PKNN was born. 

Ben, me and both of our partners, spent a pretty drunken night messing around with their two-year-olds toy percussion a few months before lockdown and put together the base of a song. I picked it back up, recorded some guitars and we mixed it, all while being in different cities across the UK. There was absolutely no reason why we couldn’t have done this before, but with the pressure of ‘normal’ life and the urge to work on projects that are right in front of me it just never really crossed my mind.

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