Thom was born in Whitehaven and spent a significant portion of his childhood living close by. When it came to having a few first outings as a teenager, the regular rock night at Whitehaven's Civic Centre made for a nice scene.

The town also features a stunning port that was the home of the Whitehaven Maritime Festival. As a budding filmmaker, Thom also made use of this port in a short film which he had written and produced.