Category: Releases

DrumOffTV Album & Film

Last year I took part and won August’s edition of DrumOffTV’s 30 second drum solo competition. Along with the other 9 winners from 2013 we recorded an album at Metropolis studios. A film has now been made documenting the recording day and finding out about all the drummers involved in the project, including an interview with yours truly! You can watch this here if you like…

Also the album is now available via rhythm section records: http://drumofftv.bandcamp.com

I would like to give everyone at DrumOffTV my huge thanks, and good luck for next years competition! http://drumoff.tv

Skinny Lister Signs to Xtra Mile Recordings

I am very pleased to announce that Skinny Lister have signed to Xtra Mile Recordings in preparation for a new album release in Spring 2015. We have a bunch of UK dates in October where the new album will be played in full, along with a slot at the legendary Reeperbahn Festival this week. UK dates are below, full story here:

http://www.1.xtramilerecordings.com/news/2014/9/16-skinny-lister-sign-to-xtra-mile-announce-five-new-album-shows-october

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Louis Romégoux Milou EP Stream

Extremely proud to present the brand new ‘Milou’ EP stream by Louis Romégoux. I am very proud of this record, and huge thanks to Reg Regler, Louis, Charlie McClean, Paul Riley and the rest of the gang for making this record happen, enjoy…

P.S: If you like it you can help support new music and musicians by purchasing the record here for a mere £5! http://louisromegoux.bandcamp.com/album/milou-ep

Milou EP

Next week see’s the release of ‘Milou’ EP featuring Austrian based Sheffield songwriter Louis Romégoux, myself on drums and Paul Riley from ETCHES on bass.

Recorded at the end of last year at Blue Barn Studio in Cambridge and produced by Charlie McClean, ‘Milou’ is a combination of Louis’ folk inspired songwriting and a furious and fast paced band set up spawning what can only be described as ‘garage folk’. 

Here is the first single from the EP, ‘Ballad’ which is out May 5th on Lonely Mountain Music.

Drum Kit Lessons, Drum Tuning Lessons & Band Updates.

Whether you are a total beginner or a seasoned player wanting to improve on your technique I can help you achieve the goals you crave. My syllabus includes every aspect of learning to understand and play drum kit to a high level, be that working through the grades 1-8 or focusing on musicality and technique from my extensive workbook library and session genres. For a full list of workbooks and more detailed information on drum lessons visit my lessons page: http://thommillsdrums.co.uk/lessons/
Currently I have new availability in my teaching schedule for new drum students, so please feel free to contact me to secure a place.

Also currently offering drum tuning lessons, so if you are a drummer in need of better sounding drums or a producer / engineer looking to get that killer drum sound I can help you to get the sound you desire. You can contact me here directly for any lesson enquiries: 


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Bit of a personal band update, working with 7 original projects at the moment, Derelicts, an electro pop 4 piece, Ed Prosek, 8 piece acoustic singer songwriter, SEERS, 4 piece indie rock band, Louis Romegoux, solo singer songwriter, Holy Vessels, rock and roll outfit, Flash Gordons, psychedelic rock 2 piece and a double drumming as yet nameless project.

Debut Derelicts single release before the end of 2013, recording sessions for Ed Prosek, Louis Romegoux, SEERS and Holy Vessels for 2014 releases, and plenty of shows to keep me busy in the mean time. I will be updating the site with new releases as they come so keep them peeled!

 

Metropolis Drum Off Recording Day

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Travelled up to Metropolis studio in London on Sunday for the 2013 drum off tv winners recording day. It was a fantastic day, got to meet the wonderful guys and work in a legendary studio. The day included recording a track with the house band that will be released as an album on rhythm section records, recording my 30 second winning solo and doing a solo interview. I will posting up link when I have them so stay tuned. Thom.x

 

Foals Drum Technician

I am very pleased to announce that I will be drum teching for Foals this year on their forthcoming ‘Holy Fire’ album campaign. Promo for the release starts tomorrow in Berlin, and around Europe until the UK / European leg of the tour begins on February 28th until the end of March. I may even be playing a spot of percussion, triangles and tambourines at the ready!

Here is their brand new video ‘My Number’ TUNE!

Holy Vessels “Last Orders At The Marshall Arms” Album Stream

Over a year has passed since recording the first Holy Vessels album ‘Last Orders At The Marshall Arms’. All recorded on a farm in Oxfordshire where we moved in, lived in a caravan and brought our own studio and producer and spent 2 weeks grafting out the record.
We finally released the album through our own label Hello Babe! Records in November of 2012 to some sparkling reviews, great live shows, national radio play and a building of our fan base.
The album is now available to listen to in full, via soundcloud just click on the player below, if you enjoy the record please support us by buying a copy via iTunes:
itunes.apple.com/gb/album/last-or…arms/id576430800
This will help us be able to fund and make a second LP, as we have no financial backing from labels or management, its all done for the love of the music and all funded from our own pockets.

Top 10 Albums of 2011

1. Connan Mockasin – Forever Dolphin Love

2. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

3. Peaking Lights – 936

4. Metronomy – The English Riveria

5. Miles Kane – Colour of the Trap

6. Radiohead – The King of Limbs

7. Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

8. Mechanical Bride – Living With Ants.

9. Wild Palms – Until Spring

10. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

2011 – Drumming Mad!

So 2011 has been a busy year, the busiest yet for me! Therefore I thought I would have a review of my year with music and try to remember what I have been up to…

Live Shows:

Sunless ’97: 6
Mean Poppa Lean: 7
Mechanical Bride: 23
Holy Vessels: 2
Saint: 44 (Functions)
Caroline Buckley: 1

All shows: 83 (4 Tours, 2 UK, 2 European).

Supported, Friendly Fires, Yuck, Toro Y Moi, Kwes, Summer Camp, Smoke Fairies, The Heart and the Hand, Liam Finn, Dry the River, Graham Coxon.

Standout venues visited: The Garage, ULU, St. Giles Church, London, Flèche D’or, La Boule Noir, Paris, Le Cargo, Caen.

Releases:

2 Albums: Mechanical Bride – Living With Ants, Mean Poppa Lean – Live on Twelve Legs.
1 EP: Sunless ’97 – Making Waves.
3 Singles: Mechanical Bride – Colour of Fire / Young Gold / To the Fight.

2 Radio sessions: Radio 1 Huw Stephens session, Selector Radio session.
Radio Plays: Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM, Selector Radio in over 29 territories.

1 Album recording session, Holy Vessels.

1 Endorsement deal, C&C Custom Drums.

4 Auditions, Left 1 band, joined 2, currently playing with 4, Sunless ’97, Holy Vessels, Mechanical Bride & Saint.

That just about wraps up my year, I’m hoping 2012 has more to give, looking forward to next year and implementing some new years resoultions, I already have a few that I have started early, cause I want a head start!

Merry Crimbus and a Happy Neu Year to all! X

Sunless 97 EP Launch, Radio 1 play, New track…

 

Sunless 97 release Making Waves EP on the 21st November and we are playing an EP Launch show ‘Heaven’s Gate 4 Hale-Bopp’ on friday 25th November at a secret location in London Kensal Rise W10 (location will be emailed on ticket purchase) tickets are £6 via http://www.musicglue.com/sunless97

Featuring
Sunless ’97 http://sunless97.tumblr.com/
Palmistry (live) http://soundcloud.com/palmistry

Brey
Kwes
Steamin’ Jack Shankly
Rodaidh McDonald
& Abeano DJs
9pm – 4am

You can Preorder the Making Waves EP here: http://abeano.bigcartel.com/product/sunless-97-making-waves-ep-4-tracks

Also today Fearne Cotton played out Illuminations on radio 1, and you can hear another track from ‘Making Waves’ here:

http://www.abeano.com/sunless-97-wicked-gravity/8480

Sunless ’97

I am now playing drums for London based band Sunless ’97. They have just announced the release of their Making Waves EP via Abeano music on November 21st 2011, and have recieved rave online blog reviews already! Here’s a few blog links…

Gorilla Vs Bear
http://www.gorillavsbear.net/2011/10/12/mp3-sunless-97-illuminations/

The Recommender
http://therecommender.net/2011/10/13/sunless-97/

Abeano
http://www.abeano.com/sunless-’97-–-making-waves-ep-abeano-announcement/7856

Listen to Illuminations below taken from the EP and live dates starting soon..

Mechanical Bride – Living With Ants

The debut album from Mechanical Bride entitled Living With Ants is released today on Transgressive and Co-operative Music. It is the first full length album I have played and written drums on, so it is a momentous occasion for me! Visit http://www.transgressive.co.uk/news/7159 for more information, and links to buy the record!