Posts Tagged ‘Lo Tom’

When singer/songwriter David Bazan started doing living room tours back in 2008, he quickly proved that radical downsizing was a viable way forward for musical performance. Along with the wider proliferation of house shows, it seems like small was well on its way to becoming the new big. What strange timing, then, that the sophomore effort by Lo Tom finds Bazan sounding right at home within arrangements that recapture the grandeur of Big Rock. If there’s anyone suited to maintain a sense of discreet poise while the music around him practically explodes in bombast, it’s Bazan, whose earnest soul-searching is retrofitted with a shiny new scaffolding courtesy of one-time Pedro The Lion/Headphones bandmate TW Walsh, along with guitarist Jason Martin and drummer Trey Many.

Lo Tom is back with LP number two. The got together still four old friends, who’ve known each other for 20+ years, playing in random bands, both together and apart. David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59, His Name is Alive) Jason Martin (Starflyer 59, Bon Voyage) TW Walsh (The Soft Drugs, Pedro the Lion)

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Released September 11th, 2020

Lo Tom are:

D Bazan – Bass, Vox
T Many – Drums
J Martin – Guitar
TW Walsh – Guitar, Synth, BGV

My collaborative project with David Bazan of Pedro the Lion and Jason Martin & Trey Many of Starflyer 59 who has a new album,

Lo Tom is back at it again… still four old friends, who’ve known each other for 20+ years, playing in random bands, both together and apart. Members include David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones), Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59, His Name is Alive), Jason Martin (Starflyer 59, Bon Voyage), and TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion, The Soft Drugs). The band has shared its new single “Start Payin’,” the first single off the band’s forthcoming LP2. The song is a raucous guitar-driven number, filled with unrelenting melodies & harmonies.

The album follows up the super group’s 2017 self-titled release (Barsuk). For the new album, the band is releasing it on their own, reaching out to fans to help with production and manufacturing through a Kickstarter campaign that begins today. The album is set to be released digitally on September. 4th, 2020.

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Released August 10th, 2020

 

LO TOM – ” Lo Tom “

Posted: January 1, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Lo Tom: <i>Lo Tom</i> Review

Any time musicians from existing bands get together to form a new musical entity, it’s not an uncommon occurrence  especially in indie rock circles for the term “super group” to incorrectly be used interchangeably with the less glamorous (yet oftentimes more accurate) term “side project.” However, in the case of Lo Tom, the acclaimed distinction is unquestionably in order.

The band is comprised of indie veterans David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) on vocals and bass, Jason Martin (Starflyer 59, Bon Voyage) on guitar, TW Walsh (The Soft Drugs, Pedro the Lion) on guitar and background vocals and Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59) on drums. Their eight-song self-titled debut captures the sound of four friends (and frequent bandmates) using the collective skills of their shared trade as the ruse to hang out and have a little fun over two weekends of recording sessions. While the “let’s just get together, press record and see what happens” Lo Tom proves that in the right hands, it can produce pure musical magic.

With a melodic pedigree that’s rooted in  guitar-heavy, alt-rock-fueled ‘90s and also shaped by the glossed-up, genre-shifting ‘00s, Lo Tom encompasses a surprisingly modern sound that simultaneously flirts with and fights against its own nostalgia. The fuzzed-out Martin/Walsh guitar riffs on songs like “Covered Wagon” and “Overboard” wouldn’t be out of place on any of the band members’ previous albums, but Bazan’s pop-infused sing-along choruses and Many’s crisp-yet-understated drumming keep either song from veering into clichéd throwback territory.

In the same vein, the stabbing rhythms, reverb-ed vocals, and politically-shaded opening lyrics of “Another Mistake” recall some of the more aggressive elements inherent in the musical unrest of the early ‘00s, but the inventive guitar chord voicings over the chorus bring the song fully forward into new sonic territories. Bazan’s unintentionally tongue-in-cheek closing vocal flub provides a clever meta moment to the song as well.

Overflowing with a confidently relaxed cool and an absolute lack of pretense , Lo Tom’s debut somehow feels both enthusiastically self-assured and deceptively effortless . That comfortable ease with which the band unfolds their slinky guitar-and-drum interplay on “Find the Shrine” the perfect splash of drunken swagger to “Bubblegum” is a testament not only to each member’s multi-decade commitment to their own craft.

Perhaps the best distillation of Lo Tom’s hard-earned ethos can be found in the lyrics of album closer “Lower Down” when Bazan’s gravelly croons espouses, “Man, you don’t need to chase the sound if it comes from lower down.” Potentially off-putting from the mouth of a greener musician, the line is charming, believable and wholly fitting in the context of this seasoned band of artistically adventurous brothers.

Lo Tom is:
D Bazan – Bass, vox
T Many – Drums
J Martin – Guitar
TW Walsh – Guitar, BGV

LO TOM – ” Covered Wagon “

Posted: December 21, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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The term “super group” is thrown around pretty liberally these days, but in the case of Lo Tom, it’s unquestionably in order. The band comprises scene veterans David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) on vocals and bass, Jason Martin (Starflyer 59, Bon Voyage) on guitar, TW Walsh (The Soft Drugs, Pedro the Lion) on guitar and background vocals and Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59) on drums. With a melodic pedigree that’s rooted in the guitar-heavy, alt-rock-fueled ‘90s and also shaped by the glossed-up, genre-shifting ‘00s, Lo Tom encompasses a surprisingly modern sound that simultaneously flirts with and fights against its own nostalgia. Overflowing with a confidently relaxed cool and an absolute lack of pretense or veneer, Lo Tom’s debut somehow feels both enthusiastically self-assured and deceptively effortless.

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Band Members
D Bazan
T Many
J Martin
TW Walsh