Lo Tom – Lo Tom (Out 14th July 2017 via Barsuk)

Lo Tom – Lo Tom (Out 14th July 2017 via Barsuk)

 Lo Tom is made up of David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59), TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion, The Soft Drugs), and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59), friends who started playing music together when they were still pretty much kids.

Lo Tom is a group of friends who missed making noise together and wanted to hang out. Feel that most can echo that thought process, recall fondly, upturned sink basin, pots and pans and drumsticks aged 4 with a similar idea.

Lo Tom’s self titled album could just pass you by, however the release is no selfish venture, there’s more than a fair dose of quality here. “The off-hand almost dismissive way they talk about the experience of making their self-titled debut masks the excellence of the music they ve written and produced together as Lo Tom, but perhaps their casual approach to the whole endeavour is part of why it came out so great. What makes this record special is not just how it’s built on melodies and riffs and songs with the looseness and ease of four friends who have been making music together for decades, but how vibrant and energetic and smart and funny and fun it is.” So read some of the accurate press notes. tisst

‘Covered Wagon’ opens sounds brighter with a damming statement of modern American going backwards or perhaps not, told myself a million times I should curtail my exaggerations, but a solid start same applies to what follows in the shape of ‘Overboard’. Alongside the lamentable mood works on ‘Bad Luck Charm’. There’s more limited worth to tracks like ‘Bubblegum’ and ‘American Mistake’. although ‘Pretty Cool’ sounds stronger and feels more contemporary to pick things up a notch.

In summary Lo Tom’s debut is not that consistent, but choice songs pick up the 8-track release a little. A fair accomplished coming together that may grow. 7.5/10

Steve Janes

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Lo Tom – Lo Tom (Out 14th July 2017 via Barsuk)