Release Date: Jul 14, 2017
Record label: Barsuk
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
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 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.
A project from a group of old friends, Lo Tom is a confluence of members of West Coast indie rock stalwarts Pedro the Lion and Starflyer 59. A disarmingly casual approach marks Lo Tom's self-titled debut and the group themselves describe their M.O. as simply an excuse to "make music together and have fun" over a couple of long weekends. From the record's relaxed feel and quartet's obvious musical chemistry, they appear to have succeeded.
It's actually super easy for David Bazan to find a friend these days. While he cemented his legacy in Pedro the Lion by casting doubt on the sustainability of marriage, democracy, sobriety, religion, and just about every other bedrock of society, Bazan's most prolific phase yet is owing to how he's become an irrepressible people person at age 40 and beyond. Whether conducting Q&As at his live gigs, touring Control and Headphones by popular demand, offering new songs through a subscription service, or routing house show tours, it's all in the name of fan service.
David Bazan has become a workhorse for the indie rock set. He's no Robert Pollard, of course (as of this year, Pollard has released one hundred albums). But Bazan has been a major part of four full-length records in a year's time, and that's quite a chunk of tuneage. Three of these releases were solo, but Lo Tom's self-titled debut is a little different.