Described as a "charming, humble chap", Surrey born indie-rocker Thom Bowden has managed to get the legendary Steve Albini to produce his upcoming solo album. Before its release, he is gearing up to release his debut E.P.
The lead track from the E.P is "Nevermore", is currently available as a complimentary download. The track acts as a striking introduction to Thom's world. Although he cites Fugazi and White Stripes among his influences, his sound has an unmistakably British feel to it, with its primal urgency and sleazy tales of debauchery ("there's a lot of s*** happening here up on my cross" being a choice lyric) calling to mind debut album-era Suede (have I ever mentioned that I love Suede?), as well as a little bit of Cast thrown in for good measure.
The rest of the E.P shows a great consistency, with the gloriously riff-tastic "Nihilism for Beginners" being the other highlight within an incredibly strong set of songs. If he is this strong on his debut release, I cannot begin to imagine what heights he will be reaching once his debut album comes out next year.
"The Damage E.P" by Thom Bowden will be released on Monday 16th July on Sex Farm Records on limited edition red vinyl.