“Little Jokes & False Alarms” by Thom Coombes

Tonight, May 11th, three of St. John’s finest will rock the intimate stage of The Rose & Thistle: Thom Coombes & The Thom Cats, The Connexions, and Cafeteria. One of these acts, Thom Coombes & The Thom Cats, have just released their brilliant, brand new album For Lovers & The Lonely Alike. On top of that, Thom has also recorded and released another solo album this past February as part of the RPM Challenge. Thom is one of the original 22 RPMers who participated locally in the first Scope-promoted challenge in 2008, and he’s also one of the very few — four I believe (Thom Coombes, Vic Lewis, Al Drysdale and am/fm dreams) — who have participated every year since.

Thom’s 2012 submission Little Jokes & False Alarms is a bit of a blend of the band feel of Lovers & The Lonely Alike and the stripped down folk of Thom’s 2011 RPM album Junk Food For Thought. The record kicks of with the beautifully tender “Above The Flood” featuring Meghan Hollett’s charming lead vocals. Those Lasers skins-man Steve Doyle lays down the groove on the more rocking tunes of the record like the Meat Puppets-esque “Day Dreams, Night Shifts”, the cleverly titled “Having Nowhere Else to Go is Not a Reason to Stay” and the bitter regret song “Treat Her Right”. The remaining ten tracks on the album are largely acoustic guitar based and feature some killer finger picking, in the vein of Thom’s inspirations for the album which include Chet Atkins, Mississippi John Hurt, John Fahey, Bert Jansch and local RPM alumni Dan Ficken. Seven of the fourteen tracks on Little Jokes & False Alarms are acoustic instrumental demos which according to Thom’s Bandcamp page will appear in finished form on another album he working on entitled In Another Room.

Drop by The Rose & Thistle tonight (May 11th) for an evening of great music with Thom & The Thomcats, The Connexions and Cafeteria.