Lo Tom

Lo Tom

T.W. Walsh

Sat, August 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Rough Trade NYC

Brooklyn, NY


This event is 21 and over

Lo Tom
Lo Tom
The members of Lo Tom have a combined 125 years of experience playing in random bands, both together and apart.

The group is made up David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59), TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion, The Soft Drugs), and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59), friends who started playing music together when they were still pretty much kids.

A conversation with these seasoned musicians about the new album they made together is an exercise in light-hearted brevity:

“These songs were painstakingly honed over the course of… um… two weekends. Then we sat on them for a while.

“We just wanted to make music together and have fun.

“Nobody is in charge… The album cover is pink.”

While many bands are a collaboration between artists with a message, a shared vision for a record, or an idea of a sound they want to create, Lo Tom is a group of friends who missed making noise together and wanted to hang out. The off-hand -- almost dismissive -- way they talk about the experience of making their self-titled debut masks the excellence of the music they’ve written and produced together as Lo Tom, but perhaps their casual approach to the whole endeavor is part of why it came out so great.

Recorded over a two different sessions when they could find the time to spare, the four friends gathered with half-formed riffs and beats to see what would come out of it. The album’s thematic direction is loose and conceptual. The melodies recall Pedro the Lion and TW Walsh, the guitars sparkle with hints of Starflyer 59, and the songs hurtle through the major keystones of guitar rock - tight conversation between percussion and guitar, heavy fuzz, and some genuinely joyful breakdowns that give way to catharsis. Lyrics were mostly written by Bazan, who would take a melody and make up words quickly, then finish them over time.

What makes this record special is not just how it’s built on melodies and riffs and songs with the looseness and ease of four friends who have been making music together for decades, but how vibrant and energetic and smart and funny and fun it is. For fans of a particular brand of indie-rock founded in the seventies and eighties and honed in the nineties and oughts, Lo Tom is one of the best things to arrive in a very long time.
T.W. Walsh
T.W. Walsh
I was born in the 70's and raised in the 80's in the Northern suburbs of Boston. My dad had a small, solid record collection based around The Stones, Zeppelin, The Police, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello and Neil Young.

I started playing drums at age twelve and picked up a guitar at sixteen. Making up songs and recording them on a four track shortly followed.

In 1999, Made in Mexico Records released my first solo album, How We Spend Our Days. Truckstop Records released my second album Blue Laws in 2001. My Pal God Records released my next EP, Pollensongs, in 2002.

I moved to Seattle in 2003 and joined Pedro the Lion. I did that for a few years. We made Pedro the Lion's Achilles Heel and started a synth side project called Headphones.
Returning to Boston in 2007, I fronted a band called The Soft Drugs, who released two EPs, which were later compiled onto one album.

In 2011, I finally released my third proper solo album, Songs of Pain and Leisure, on Graveface Records. My latest album, Fruitless Research, came out on Graveface in 2016.

In 2014, I started a new band with David Bazan, Jason Martin and Trey Many called Lo Tom. We will release our first record in 2017.

I'm also a mastering engineer, having worked on more than 800 projects for other artists.
Venue Information:
Rough Trade NYC
64 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11249