Over a year ago we featured a tune called “My Folks” as Track of the Day by local singer-songwriter Thom Coombes. The song was from his upcoming album, which, after twelve months of incubation, is ready to hatch. Thom will be celebrating the long awaited release of his album For Lovers & The Lonely Alike this coming Friday at The Rose & Thistle along with his backing band The Tomcats.
For Lovers & The Lonely Alike is a brilliant twelve track collection of some of Thom’s strongest and fullest sounding songs to date. The record kicks off with the medley “Everything is Temporary/One Year” which begins a gentle acoustic ditty lamenting the passing of time and then launches into a full band Pavement meets Magnolia Electric Co. style vamp which Thom wraps up some cathartic, angst-ridden screaming. After the air clears, the mood lightens with the front-porch banjo stomp “Burning Bridges, Burning Boats”. The mood continues upbeat with folky toe-tappers like “Break Me” and “Finally Behind Me”. Drummer Matt Fudge (Colonel Craze & The Hunch/Wives) provides some polyphonic tom thudding and jazzy timing shifts on “Tarnished & Tainted”. Thom shows off the understated power of his solo performance with the beautiful acoustic picking and melancholy croon of “Folk Song”. “You’ve Been Asleep” calls to mind some late-era Meat Puppets with its chugging bass line, funky backbeat calling to mind and spidery guitar leads.
One my favorite aspects of For Lovers & The Lonely Alike is its cast of female back-up vocalists, including Kate Pike, Laura Babineau, Danielle Bailey and Meghan Harnum. These women provide some lilting, high harmonies and accompaniment that give the same feel of those classic country male-female duets like Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers or John Prine and Iris DeMent. The back-up singers also provide a great group sing-a-long feel on tracks like “Under The Weather”.
Be sure to drop by The Rose & Thistle this Friday night (April, 13th) for the release of Thom & The Tomcats For Lovers & The Lonely Alike. Thom will be joined by some other amazing local talent like Adrian House, Ilia Nicoll and the vaudevillian stylings of Wyatt Hirschfeld Shibley. Cover is only $6 for these incredible acts but for $15 you get cover, a copy of For Lovers & The Lonely Alike, and a beer. That’s a good deal for anybody.