Lo Tom - Lo Tom (Barsuk)
Add Date: 07/11
Focus Tracks: 1 & 3
FCC: 2 & 7
Format: College, AAA, Modern Rock Specialty
Artist Info: Lo Tom has a combined 125 years of playing guitar music, and they figured it’s about time they do something about it.
Made up of Northwest legend Dave Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59), TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion, The Soft Drugs), and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59), these friends met and started playing music together when they were almost kids themselves, and suddenly found themselves with children of their own and a lingering need to lock themselves in a room with some guitars and drums to get loud.
Where many records are a collaboration between artists with a message to put out, a shared vision for a record, or an idea of a sound they want to tackle together, Lo Tom is the simplest iteration of a band - friends who missed making noise together and who wanted to hang out.
The lyrics are loose and conceptual, 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.