No. He hasn’t left the band folks. That would be tragic, because I love Between the Buried and Me and everything that they’ve done. No, what’s happening is frontman Tommy Rogers is releasing a solo album.
And he’s signed to Metal Blade, which is fucking rad. His first solo effort, Pulse, drops February 1. And jumping Jehovah, I can’t wait for this thing to come out. If it is even half as innovative and out-there as BTB&M, it should be a good time.
To be released under the moniker Thomas Giles (his given middle name), Pulse “is a challenging rock record designed so that the parts build up to a larger, cinematic-like structure where everything from production to arrangements to lyrics to album art is carefully crafted towards a unified purpose,” reads a press release.
“Testing the limits of what he can do naturally with his voice, Rogers’ strikingly beautiful falsetto and dynamic range conjures tales of anxiety, collapse, end-times and strength against swelling, heart-lifting arrangements and pristine backdrops of ambient loops, digital burbles, analog hiss and woozy drones. Exploring combinations of the outré genres of both post-rock and glitch, the music’s emotionally resonant yet textural sounds draw reference to artists such as Radiohead, Björk, the Verve, Beck, Stereolab and Spiritualized, balancing both rock and electronic impulses.”
Jeepers, I need to hear this thing. February seems so far away.
“Creating this album was a very unique experience for me,” comments Tommy, in the release. “I honestly never thought I would get a lot of this music recorded. This record was a way for me to step back, focus on simplified song structures and really build off of melodies. Even though I love fucking my throat up by screaming, it was very nice to sit back and chill out a bit. I named the record Pulse because it is a collection of thoughts and experiences I’ve had through the years. It’s a very personal record and I hope the songs help people evaluate their lives and make the best of their time here. Find your pulse.”
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