TNB has a lot to say on their latest self titled EP
In fact, Thomas pens songs about all kinds of revolutions-from personal and emotional revelations to perspectives changing on a mass scale. However, the riff is just as mighty as the word for Thomas, and there’s no shortage of infectious, soulful rock on the new EP. “My Generation” is the rock anthem for his peers, while “Love and Hate” pulsates with palpable sonic energy. This album stands out as a declaration for the Thomas Nicholas Band, so listen up…
After 2008′s Without Warning and 2010′s Heroes Are Human, Thomas crafted a record that incorporated his influences while further developing his own style. Those influences cascade together that creates something vibrant and alive. Thomas describes his sound best. “I think of it as John Mayer writing the melody, Bruce Springsteen singing and The Foo Fighters backing it all up. The new material definitely feels that way. It’s a little heavier, but it still has that pop influence.”
“… I’m running all of my sites and answering people on facebook and twitter. I’m not going to have someone pretend they’re me.”
The new record definitely juxtaposes emotions in a seamless fashion. Thomas allows fans deeper into his world as well. From starring in everything from Rookie of the Year to the American Pie series, he’s been a part of the pop culture zeitgeist since he was a kid, and his new music reflects his experience. “On the new record, we want to show that soul we have on stage. I feel like the first record was mixed to be ‘radio-ready’ in some ways. This is raw. People don’t feel like they can typically interact with an actor, but I’m doing this 100 percent myself. There’s a pre-conceived notion that actors are untouchable, but I’m running all of my sites and answering people on facebook and twitter. I’m not going to have someone pretend they’re me. There’s a big difference between how music speaks to your soul and how movies interact with you. You don’t drive down the road and suddenly have a memory of your favorite movie. You get a song that plays in your head and you have a visceral connection to the moment.”
Thomas’ band helps foster that connection on the new songs. Bassist Clint Fowler lays down solid melodic grooves while locking in with Tim Moore’s energetic drumming. Matt Kennedy adds explosively creative guitar playing and backing vocals that truly compliments Thomas’ compelling vocals and crunchy rhythm guitar. The latest EP was produced by Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd) “I‘ve really had the chance to work with some amazing people in the studio over the years. For Without Warning, I collaborated with people like Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction) and Bruce Kulick (KISS) But the best part is playing live concerts. Getting the music out on the road and getting reactions from the crowd has helped create this new EP!
That process yielded songs like the fiery, “Better off Alone.” It’s got a pounding anthemic rhythm that’s ready for the stage. “This song has a really heavy sound. It always sets the tone for the night.
“… directly inspired by my role as Abbie Hoffman. You play a character like that and he gets inside of your head a little bit.”
The revolution theme is pervasive because of Thomas’ recent screen stint as Abbie Hoffman in The Chicago 8. It shows just how connected the creative processes of performing on screen and playing on stage are for Thomas. “I got very inspired by playing Abbie Hoffman, so there are some songs that abide by the perspective of being a revolutionary. One of our personal favorites is ‘Ready to Fly.’ It’s about living outside of the box and thinking outside the box. That’s what I try to do, and I hope others do as well. In reality, we’re only in awe of those who take risks. ‘Get Away’ is all about the counterculture revolution in the 60s directly inspired by my role as Abbie Hoffman. You play a character like that and he gets inside of your head a little bit.”
Ultimately, Thomas has been prepared for this revolution for a long time. “I really took my time with this latest EP, and I want to give fans something. I’m just trying to tell interesting stories. Some people are going to love it and some aren’t, but I’m not afraid to put myself on the chopping block.”
What true revolutionary wouldn’t feel the same way? – Rick Florino (www.bookofdolor.com)