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ALBUM UPDATE #2 



KBPS

I'm on the cover of the latest edition of KBPS magazine in card format, which suits me I think. You can read the full interview here


'TRAVELLING MAN' REVIEWS #2

The glowing reviews for 'Travelling Man' are still coming in


'Anyone looking for an engaging guitar record should look no further than this LP.' Rocky Road

'High quality English pop music'. Aural Delights

'Thomas has a youthful, magnetizing voice that’s perfect for the kind of rock-jazz combo he creates.' Indie Band Guru 

'...he continues to prove himself as a gifted songwriter, vocalist and guitarist.' Indie Biscuits 

'An accomplished collection of songs from a man whose own musical journey has hopefully only just begun.' The Hearing Aid
 

More reviews here

If you've not yet bought a 'Travelling Man' it's available on heavyweight vinyl, CD and download. Links to all options here, grab your copy NOW!
 


XPO NORTH 


I'm delighted to be playing XPO NORTH in the beautiful city of Inverness this year, the only English artist to have been chosen. 

I'll be playing at the Blackfriars venue on Wednesday 8th June at 10pm...then driving straight back to London as I've got to get a ferry to a certain island to play a gig or two on that island...shhh....;-)

Full music schedule can be found here, there are some truly fantastic acts on the bill, it's an honour to be playing with them

 "XpoNorth’s influential music showcase takes music stars of tomorrow from the UK and beyond and places them on stages across Scotland’s most northerly city." 


AMAZING RADIO

Speaking of Scotland, huge thanks to a DJ who is one of the greatest supporters of new music, Jim Gellately who recently played 'Ghost Hunter' on his Amazing Radio show. You can hear him playing it here

Thanks also to Lizzie Capener who featured '5476 Miles' on her eclectic new RNIB music show 'Vibrant Vocals'. Hear it here and watch the stop-motion music video below. 
 



TIM ARNOLD 


On 1st June I have the good fortune to be playing with (and a solo set before) Tim Arnold who's launching his new single 'Money Kills Love', taken from the film Blood Orange starring none other than Iggy Pop! Full event details here. 

Tim also has a rather epic fundraiser with some fantastic rewards (I'm getting the vinyl), which I urge you to investigate! 

Tim, Darling Boy and I also have an exciting new musical project in the works. More on that to come.  

CANDLESTICK UNSTUCK
 
My feature film 'Candlestick' is now available on UK, US, German and Japanese Amazon Prime, so you can watch it for free if you're a member. 

Here's the UK link - enjoy! 

The haircut of champions
 
Big gig announcement coming soon. 

Much love, 

Nigel.


"Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again.
"You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen."
David Bowie, in 2002, gives the New York Times a prediction about how the music industry will be in 2012.


"Movies are real! Music is real! It affects people, it's real. … The other night I went to a club and I watched a DJ control an entire room. Even politicians can't do that." 

Prince.

ALBUM UPDATE #1 


'TRAVELLING MAN' REVIEWS

Well, 'Travelling Man' is now out and I've been genuinely taken aback by how overwhelmingly positive the reviews have been. Here's a small selection so far:

'I wouldn't be at all surprised if Travelling Man appears on a number of Album of the Year lists.' Digital Journal

'...a masterfully crafted collection of songs.' Stephen Brolan

'...one of the most soulful modern indie rock albums you’re likely to hear for a while.' TeeTotalGuitar -

 '"Ghost Hunter" has the funk-fueled, garage rock that will make Thomas an indie-music star...wonderful songwriting.' JP's Music Blog

'...the melodies are beautiful...you will love this album.' Rock at Night

'It’s hard to find a favorite track on an album this well crafted. Bravo!' Jammerzine

(More press on my wesbite)

WATCH

Here's the fantastic stop-motion video to '5476 Miles' created by my youngest brother, Terry. It's entirely hand made and is the work of thousands of hours. Check out Terry's blog for lots of behind the scenes images and to see how he brought this video to life.

Terry also made the video to The Foxes 'No Reply' video. 


LISTEN

'Travelling Man' can be heard in full on Spotify and Soundcloud. All my lyrics are on my website.

BUY

A lot of people who enjoyed listening to 'Travelling Man', have bought a copy and supported me - please do so too so I can carry on making music.

Buy CD and heavyweight vinyl (buy direct from me and who knows what extra goodies might be included...)

Download via Amazon
Download via iTunes


Already bought the album? Please leave me a review on Amazon or iTunes - it really helps. 


INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS

I love independent record shops - you get a level of service, knowledge and passion that big chains just can't provide.   

I'm proud that you can buy 'Travelling Man' on vinyl direct from an ever growing number of independent record shops, including:

Rough Trade, (off Portobello Road and East stores) London.
Sound It Out Records, Stockton-On-Tees
Carnival Records, Great Malvern.
Turnstyle Records, Streatham Hill, London

If you know a great record shop, please do let me know about it in the comments section below. 

LAUNCH PARTY & THE SUNDAY SESSIONS

Huge thanks to everyone who came to my launch party at The Camden Barfly. What a great night! My thanks also as always to the musicians who play with me (and who also played on the album) - Tali Trow, Jon Bretman, Patrick Kenneally and Dave Holland.


Allan McKay copyright photos are courtesy of musicriot.co.uk

The day after the launch party, I had the pleasure of headlining another 'Sunday Sessions' night for Cambridge TV at The Portland Arms, Cambridge. It's only just been on TV, so I'll let you know when you can watch it online. Huge thanks to Ben and Paul from Sunday Sessions - they're truly passionate about what they do. 


'GHOST HUNTER' ON TV

You'll soon be hearing 'Ghost Hunter' on TV (not an advert!) I can't say anything else at the moment! 
IT'S ALL AN ACT

I'll leave you with some music that isn't mine - I somewhat randomly had the good fortune to end up acting in this very touching music video for Nathan Grisdale's track 'What You Were Looking For' (along with talented actress Stephanie Tripp). Enjoy!



 
Nigel. X

P.S. I'm again featured in this great podcast, 'Addictions and Other Vices' - they paired my track 'Anne' with Blur's 'She's So High' - I can't complain. 'Anne' starts at 1.27.58. 
P.P.S. The mighty John Clay strikes again with this lovely video review of 'Travelling Man'.
P.P.P.S. Gallant Vermin. Get it?


"You get a good review, and it’s like crack. You need another hit. And another. And another." Alexandra Bracken. 

"When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had, and never will have." Edgar Watson Howe.

'Travelling Man' - OUT 14th MARCH  

ALBUM LAUNCH

I'm very happy to announce that my debut solo album 'Travelling Man' will be released worldwide on Monday 14th March.

It'll be available on heavyweight vinyl, CD and digital download. I still have a tape deck, so could probably do a tape as well if anyone is hip enough to want one. 

Press review requests to my friends at Quite Great

The cover. Photo: Chris Presswell. Design: Gemma Corker.
Vinyl track listing

Having vinyl made is expensive (we couldn't afford to do it with The Foxes album), but I think not only is there a noticeable difference in sound quality and timbre (a warmth and depth to vinyl that you don't get with CD's and certainly not mp3's) but there seems to be a definite revival in the popularity of vinyl, with HMV selling one turntable a minute the week leading up to Christmas. 

So, hip trend or a genuine move back to sound quality and a physical format for music? I'd love to hear what you think, let me know in the comments box below. 




FEVER REVIEWS

Just a few reviews for 'Fever':

'He's an artist that instantly grows on you...Nigel Thomas has "it", a real delight, a breath of "indie" fresh air' - Rock at Night

'Vocally superb, lyrically supreme and the music is just honest, pure and fantastic. A defo for any collection'- Rockbandom 

'The track explores the theme of madness and depravity and is both intoxicating in its execution and enthralling in its delivery' - Jammerzine  

'Musicality wise the song is strong and with such an exciting video to accompany it I just couldn’t pass it up' Rocky Road

More press coverage here and photos of the launch party here.


NEW MUSIC VIDEOS

'Que Sera'

It'll literally be like nothing you've ever seen before. 
Behind the scenes (click for big versions) There's a little teaser trailer here too.



'5476 Miles'

Those of you wonderful people part of my Kickstarter will already have seen the nearly-complete card stop-motion video created by my youngest brother, Terry (who made The Foxes 'No Reply' music video). It's a slow, painstaking process to do stop-motion and how Terry's managed to make it this good is beyond me - it's really very special and will be released in the coming months...






LONDON LIVE

Here's the interview I did with Anthony Baxter on London Live in November:





And here's the live version of 'Fever' with Jon Bretman on lead guitar and Tali Trow on double bass:




KBPS

  Thanks to KBPS Magazine for featuring me in their 'Sound of 2016' tips! 
 

GERMANY

Had another great tour in Germany with Darling Boy, huge thanks to 'The Ones in Charge' and everyone who was involved and came to the shows.

One thing I will say is that really know how to do fire signs in Berlin flats...



This is going to be a brilliant year with lots more to come. Thank you so much to everyone who's helped and supported me, whether it's from my Kickstarter, musically or just reading this. I really appreciate it.

Nigel. X


P.S. Smog.
P.P.S. Blame it on the Blackstar...
P.P.P.S. Any suggestions as to where I should hold my album launch party, let me know below.
P.P.P.P.S. Brace yourselves for me, I'm going to be a storm.  

FEVER 

Not long now - 'Fever' is released on 9th November. 

It'll be available to buy in all good on-line stores including iTunes and Amazon.





LAUNCH PARTY
 
There's a very special 'Fever' launch night gig on 9th November with the magnificent Darling Boy at the Hope and Anchor in North London - it was where The Foxes had our very first gig, so it seemed fitting to go back. Everyone who backed my Kickstarter gets in free too.  

Here's the event page, do check it out. 


 

The reviews are starting to come in and are pretty darn good - 

#Jammerzine - 'The track explores the theme of madness and depravity and is both intoxicating in its execution and enthralling in its delivery.'
 

Rocky Road - 'Musicality wise the song is strong and with such an exciting video to accompany it I just couldn’t pass it up.'
 
Know Me Better Music - 'Definitely worth a watch and a listen!'
 

Sam Might Say - '...you get a feel for the gorgeous melodies that Thomas writes, mixing your late sixties with a bit of Britpop, honest lyrics, and familiar sounds are what you get hooked to Nigel Thomas.'
 

God is in the TV - 'when the delay warps his words, the tune gets filthier, it’s apparent we’re listening to a well-crafted corruption.'

Recording a version of 'Fever' live and straight to vinyl at Phonica Records on one of the only working 1947 'Voice-o-Graph' machines working in the world. Photo by Chris Presswell.

There are also a couple of rather fine interviews - 

 

Songwriting Magazine - 'If you’ve just heard the single, you might be quite surprised by the album.'
 

Rock at Night - 'The melodies are sweet and dreamy while the lyrical content is both poignant and quirky.'

BCB Radio - With Phil Lickley. Listen again here.  

CAMBRIDGE TV SHOW

 

I'll be performing with my band on the new Cambridge TV show 'Sunday Sessions' - which will be available to watch online and on Freeview in the UK, broadcast date to come. It's being filmed at The Portland Arms in Cambridge on Sunday 8th November - if you're in the area or transport yourself to the area, you can come! Full info here.  



Excuse the lack of witty banter on this blog - I'm exhaused and am going to sleep for a week.


Much love, 

Nigel. X

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Fever, Isle of Wight Festival and Hamburg 

'WELL CRAFTED CORRUPTION...'

First off, here's the brand new music video to 'Fever', a track from my forthcoming début album. They say there's no light without darkness and this video is very dark - made by the fantastic Infinite Pictures (the team behind my 'Third Movement' video, as well as The Foxes 'Lover Killer' and 'Bill Hicks') it references films from Maniac and American Psycho to literature including the works of Burroughs, Bukowski, Ellis and Palahniuk.



CREDITS:
Words and music by Nigel Thomas.
Recorded by Luke Oldfield at Tilehouse Studios.
Mastered by John Davis at Metropolis.

Written and Directed by Zoe. Produced by Gavin Fry (Infinite Pictures - www.infinitepictures.co.uk)
Costume by Gemma Corker.

Huge thanks to everyone who gave up their time and talent so generously for this video to happen. You know who you are and you know I'm grateful.  


The next blog will contain full info on the album release.

CLARK KENT AMBUSH.

The great champion of new music Clark Kent (AKA John Clay) ambushed me on the streets of Camden Town in this three part interview. Take a look, then check out his Youtube channel here. He's the real deal.





ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL. 

Playing the Isle of Wight Festival was a blast! After the incredible amounts of rain on Friday evening the sun shone on the Kashmir Cafe stage on Saturday where I played with some hugely talented musicians to a sizeable festival crowd, then got to watch Blur again after - not a bad days work.Thanks as always to Doug Alldred for organising and to all in the lovely crowd who watched and listened. Photos below by Chemical Gdns. Click on photos for larger versions.

'Moment of the Festival' - seeing drummer Pat Kenneally in the morning after his £19 tent was found not to be quite as waterproof as he'd hoped, and he'd used his only dry trousers to mop up the puddles.





The band left to right - Alex S Tower (Keys), GrooveSun (bass, hidden behind Alex), Patrick Kenneally (drums, vocals, hat), Me (guitar, vocals) Jon Bretman (lead guitar, vocals).

Hamburg 

Last week I had the privilege of playing several gigs in Hamburg, both solo acoustic as as part of 'Darling Boy', led by the multi-talented musician Alex Gold, formerly of The Wutars, whom I met back in the Death Disco days. We were both in support of 'Duncan Reid and the Bigheads', led by the former front man of classic punk rock band The Boys. I've had their song 'Cest La Vie' in my head for days now, check it out. 

HUGE thanks to Anna and Dirke Lange for their hospitality, and everyone involved. Click on photos for larger versions.

At Monkey's, a fine club and lovely crowd.
I have a lot of time for this sign!

Photo op on stage!
More Monkey club action
On stage with Darling Boy!

Don't ask....
HOLIDAY TIP - don't cross the road in Germany without the green man, regardless of complete lack of traffic. The police will tell you off and you'll have to use your broken German to explain that you're used to throwing yourself into the road with wild abandon in London.  

NOT I...

I'll leave you with a track I've recently discovered called 'Little Heart Bomb' by Norwegian band 'Bigbang'. Enjoy. 




Nigel. X

P.S. lovely little pre-release review of 'Fever' by John Clay here, via God is in the TV. 
P.P.S My dear friend Stuart Saint is doing a kickstarter for an exiting new musical called 'Princess' - do have a look! 

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Previous events

Nigel Thomas @ Sunday Sessions for Cambridge TV

The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge

I'm headlining this event for Cambridge TV - The Sunday Sessions.

7:30pm - 11pm £5 on door

Featuring stand up comedy from JOE SUTHERLAND

Plus music from; NIGEL THOMAS (www.nigelsongs.com) THE ABSTRACTS (www.abstractsband.com) CHRISTIAN SMITH (www.facebook.com/christiansmithmusicuk)

Sunday Sessions is recorded for TV in a cabaret style, with a small number of tables available. So, if you want to get into some proper Sunday lounging, book in advance by contacting our page to guarantee yourself a table (up to 4 people per table) or take your chances by arriving before the show starts at 8pm.

Nov17

UK TOUR

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Full details to follow.