In the 10 years since Between the Buried and Me first appeared on the scene, Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist Tommy Rogers has been creating consistently dynamic and innovative music. Currently on a short break from the band, he’s just released ‘Pulse‘ under the name of Thomas Giles, (Giles being his middle name).
Flush the Fashion caught up with the man with music in his veins…
You released Victory in 2004 (his first solo record), what inspired you to do Pulse now?
It just felt like the right now. A lot of these songs were written years ago, but I never had the time to actually do anything with them. Once I had a small window last year and enough material, I felt it was time to finally make it happen.
Are there things on the solo record you couldn’t do with the BTBAM
I don’t think there is any sound we ‘can’t’ do with BTBAM, that’s the fun thing about being in that band. Options are endless, but I doubt BTBAM would ever have straight simple rock songs… and that’s what I wanted to do with Pulse.
Where was Pulse recorded?
It was recorded at the basement studios in Winston-Salem, NC with Jamie King. I’ve been working with him for 10 years now, so it felt natural to record with him again.
How many instruments do you play on it?
Who knows…I just played what I had to, to make the song finished. Drums, Guitars, Bass, Keys, Vocals,etc… and of course computer based stuff for the more Electro material.
Where do your ideas come from?
Who knows. hahaha. When I feel inspired, I write. simple as that. I hate to force writing, be it BTBAM or solo stuff. Everything should feel natural. I don’t plan on changing that.
What is the hardest thing about recording a solo record?
Recording everything, long days. Other than that it was very smooth and I must say I really liked recording some instruments I haven’t recorded in years.
Are you going on tour to promote the new record?
There will for sure be shows here and there, but I doubt I’ll do extensive touring. BTBAM is as full time as ever and that won’t change anytime soon.
Do you think the music industry is in good shape?
The music industry isn’t in good shape, but the bands are, they are taking control and that’s rad.
Bands are having to become more creative to keep peoples attention and I always back that, but making money from CD sales is in the past. We just have to look to the future and quit complaining.
Who is on your stereo at the moment?
I’m listening to a lot of Cab Calloway and this band Young the Giant.
Is there any new Between the buried and me stuff on the horizon?
Of course! we just finished an EP. It will be out later this year and a full length will hopefully be done by next year.
Lying somewhere between Radiohead’s In Rainbows and Nine Inch Nails, Pulse is a wonderfully eclectic record that twists and turns it’s way through your head from beginning to end.
Main Pic: Self Portrait by Tommy Rogers.