Tommy Rogers, lead vocalist, keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning North Carolina progressive rock band Between The Buried And Me (also BTBAM) will release a solo album titled ‘Pulse’ on February 1 via Metal Blade Records. The versatile front man and multi-instrumentalist, who not only self-produced the record, but also arranged, composed and played all instruments on the recording, will use the pseudonym Thomas Giles (his given middle name) as his moniker for the project. Today, Popmatters premieres “Sleep Shake”, the first music video from the album, which was also filmed and edited by Rogers. Check out the Popmatters premiere of “Sleep Shake” now at THIS LOCATION.
Recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Salem, NC, Thomas Giles’ ‘Pulse’ is a challenging rock record designed so that the parts build up to a larger, cinematic-like structure where everything from production to arrangements to lyrics to album art is carefully crafted towards a unified purpose. Testing the limits of what he can do naturally with his voice, Rogers’ strikingly beautiful falsetto and dynamic range conjures tales of anxiety, collapse, end-times and strength against swelling, heart-lifting arrangements and pristine backdrops of ambient loops, digital burbles, analog hiss and woozy drones. Exploring combinations of the outré genres of both post-rock and glitch, the music’s emotionally resonant yet textural sounds draw reference to artists such as NIN, Radiohead, Muse, The Verve, Beck and Spiritualized, balancing both rock and electronic impulses.
“Creating this album was a very unique experience for me,” comments Rogers. “I honestly never thought I would get a lot of this music recorded. This record was a way for me to step back, focus on simplified song structures and really build off of melodies. Even though I love fucking my throat up by screaming, it was very nice to sit back and chill out a bit. I named the record “Pulse” because it is a collection of thoughts and experiences I’ve had through the years. It’s a very personal record and I hope the songs help people evaluate their lives and make the best of their time here. Find your pulse.”
For more information, please visit: www.myspace.com/thomasgilesmusic.