Austin Texas native Thomas Hugh will play songs from his sparkling new ep Sum = at Wesley Anne at 8pm on Friday 26 September. Tckets are $15 on the door and the door price includes a copy of the 5 song ep.
Sum = is a combustion of new-folk and indie pop, with old time storytelling and the occasional grand flourish thrown in for good measure.
A recent import to Melbourne, Thomas relocated in 2008 and the five songs on ‘Sum =’ are a rich blend of the influences of the two colourful musical cities Thomas has inhabited for most of his life.
Thomas said “I’ve been away from Austin for a few years now but the first thing I do when I get there is hit a cool blues bar like the Continental Club and drink beer made in Texas. There’s nothing quite like it, but Melbourne is a great city with its own character. Of course, the traffic is just as bad.”
Thomas has relased three albums Always Going Somewhere, Welcome to Yikesville and Strange Company, over the last six years but says, “I had the most amazing time recording the new EP. I wanted to really strip it back. I wanted the songs to sound as if we were playing them in your lounge room…bum notes and all. I wanted to keep it honest so we did just a few takes of each song and that was it.”
Sum = was recorded with Roger Bergodaz (drums), Dean Addison (bass) and Shannon Bourne (guitar). It creates a sound that hints at a solid blend of excellent musical influences and a natural affinity for melody and telling a twisted tale.
A stylistic sampler, Sum = features the emotive, poignant Them Dams Never Break, the breezy 70’s California echo of Chrome Bike and the spooky harmonica tinged ode to a girl with Dylan posters Where All the Spiders Crawl, to a journey through to country life with Little Things (Sting).
The first single to be lifted from the EP is the harmony infusedbittersweet love song Canterbury Road:
She bloodied my blue skies
but kissed me when we’d drive
down Canterbury Road
Thomas plays gigs large and small around Melbourne town and beyond and this ep was inspired by a gig at Maldon Festival, which Thomas says, “…really opened the floodgates and these songs just rolled out, as sometimes happens after a particularly inspiring gig.”
Don’t miss Thomas Hugh playing songs from Sum = at Wesley Anne at 8pm on Friday 26 September with support from Dan Lethbridge.
Visit Dan Lethbridge at www.danlethbridge.com
Visit Thomas Hugh at www.thomashughmusic.com