The Trouble With Templeton

The Trouble With Templeton

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativeRock

“An absolute aural knockout…beguiling, beautiful& bemusing in equal amounts.With the kind of command over his voice that you’re more likely to hear from Tom Waits than a 21yearold,Calder’s songs grow in intensity until you’re utterly transfixed,and lose track of where you are.”1songday.com

Biography

In March 2011 Thomas Calder (aka The Trouble With Templeton), at age 20, gathered all the gear he could find and recorded a mini-album in his Brisbane home. It took all of 2 ½ weeks.

Even the most cursory airing of the striking debut will leave the listener with no doubt: The Trouble with Templeton is special.

It has been a massive 12 months for Thomas with national radio support including high rotation on Triple J for his smashing single “I Wrote A Novel”, currently at #8 on the Independent Radio Chart, his "Bleeders" video earning a top spot in Rage's Top 50 videos of 2011, rave reviews nationally from both press & blogs (some below), and tours with Husky, Matt Corby, Sparkadia, Big Scary and Dead Letter Chorus to name a few.

Templeton will be main support for Father John Misty, Benjamin Leftwich and Of Monsters And Men for their Melbourne & Sydney shows in July 2012.

A special US-only EP is also lined up for release in September. “I Wrote A Novel” will be lead single on the 5 track EP, which will be serviced to college radio in August. Thomas will be heading to the US for showcases, shows, and some writing in September-October.

Having already drawn comparisons to the likes of Elliott Smith, Damian Rice, Tom Waitts and Jeff Buckley, (a fact that the humble young man finds excruciatingly difficult to hear), it is no surprise that people are starting to sit up and take notice of this beautiful, talented young artist from the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia.

“Critics of the younger generation's work ethic need look no farther than brisbane's Thomas Calder for comfort. The multi-talented 21 year old recorded this entire album from scratch using any instrument he could get his hands on, but his best asset is also his most obvious. Calder's voice, unsullied by influence or expectation, is an adaptive, curious and wonderful thing. It leads songs such as "I Wrote A Novel" and "Someday Soon" out of what could have been middling pop-folk territory with rip-snorting crescendos, reedy whispers and an almost Tom-Waits-ian darkness, at once warm and chimerical. The arrangements are as creative as the vocals that guide them and it's sustained across each of these nine pieces”. 4/5 Stars, The Sydney Morning Herald

“Critics of the younger generation's work ethic need look no farther than Brisbane's Thomas Calder for comfort. The multi-talented 21 year old recorded this entire album from scratch using any instrument he could get his hands on, but his best asset is also his most obvious. Calder's voice, unsullied by influence or expectation, is an adaptive, curious and wonderful thing.” 4/5 Stars, The Sydney Morning Herald
“Tonight’s performance is nothing short of jaw-dropping, to the point of almost stealing the limelight from the headliner (Matt Corby) altogether. Songs like Please Don’t Tell Me, single ‘I Wrote A Novel’ and the title track from album ‘Bleeders’ absolutely kill while Calder’s presence captivates entirely." www.themusic.com.au

"Justin Vernon, Elliott Smith, Sufjan Stevens, and most recently, a certain Mr. Matt Corby… The Trouble With Templeton, aka Brisbane native Thomas Calder, has insinuated himself into the genre with his gorgeous debut album Bleeders. But if you’ve been experiencing Angus Stone Fatigue, fear not – Calder’s voice is capable of more – much more–than the huksy, folky, sigh favoured by indie singer-songwriters." www.vulturemagazine.com

“For me, the music of The Trouble With Templeton is like one big red emotional button: I press it and from the sound of the music comes all these feelings... There is a beautiful simplicity and purity to The Trouble With Templeton. His songs have an emotional resonance which very few singer/songwriters can channel. Maybe he'll be your big red emotional button too.”? 4/5, Dom Alessio, Triple J

“The Trouble With Templeton's single "I Wrote A Novel" has been sitting pretty on our independent radio charts for the past four weeks. It's a cute radio-friendly song, showing off Thomas Calder's songwriting chops and unique voice. But if you really want to see what this artist is capable of doing, take some time to watch his brand new clip for the song "Someday Soon". Stunning. In contrast to his whistle-happy first single, "Someday Soon" is a dirge. Slow and sparse, wallowing in its own glorious sadness but occasionally breaking free of its shackles, accompanied by mourning choir, spare acoustic instrumentation and a beautifully shot but morbid clip. Cheerful it ain't, wonderfully conceived, restrained and compelling from start to finish it is.” Nick O'Byrne, Head of AIR (Australian Independent Records Association) www.ausindies.com

I Wrote a Novel is an internally anguished melody cleverly written, both the lyrics and music. The song is dangerously pop-esque as it flirts with the ambitious creative genius of Thomas Calder. Calder’s ability to maintain control over the song is reminiscent of many singer/songwriter greats who

Lyrics

Bleeders

Written By: Thomas Calder

BLEEDERS
I’m not this kind emotion no but
Sunny skies bound to break my eyes

You’ve got this kind of blueprint yeah but
Broken hearts bound to make you smart

I don’t know your face anymore
Cause you are so far gone

All my rage and scorn
Let it off
Cause fathers tell their sons
Run along
Cause we’re all lovers and bleeders
As all lonely ones have to be

Fevers raging beneath those bones but
Those tales you tell seem to hide you well

I can still some fire there but
Lullabies bound to make you cry

I don’t feel your heart anymore
Cause you are so far gone

All my rage and scorn
Let it off
And fathers tell their sons
Run along
cause we’re all lovers and bleeders
As all lonely ones have to be

I Wrote A Novel

Written By: Thomas Calder

I WROTE A NOVEL
I wrote a novel about it
Grammatically it's full of holes
My specialty has never been
knowing where them commas go

I made a promise about it
You'd think by now I would have learned
That page and pen and good intent
Don't represent a corner turned

I should know better than I do
And I would if I could
If I had the will to want to

But I already know this well
And yet I remain it still

I'm so frightened of failure
That I'm scared to even begin
That ironies not lost on me
I just refuse to let it sink in

I'm a creature of Habit
Cotton comfort sun and cold
Leave me outside when rivers high
eventually I'll turn to stone

I should know better than I do
And I would if I could
If I had the will to want to

But I already know this well
And yet I remain it still

Someday Soon

Written By: Thomas Calder

I'd sell my soul
For a dime or two
Because getting old never did much use
And I'll find my way someday soon

Someday soon I'm gonna find hope

I'll bury my rage
underneath your feet
And in time with age you may one day meet
And you'll feel my pain someday soon

Someday soon I'm gonna find hope

I'll hang my skin
On an old coat rack
Then I'll fly the wind cause
Baby I'm not coming back
And I'll find my place
Someday soon

Six Months In A Cast

Written By: Thomas Calder

Someday I'll buy you flowers
Someday I'll buy you beads
I've been walking for hours
Can't seem to feel my feet.

Didn't want her leg to snap so,
Spent six months in a cast oh
Just to be safe.
Couldn't Find the steering wheel no,
Drove on straight the field oh,
and into the lake.

Fate, Oh I wouldn't believe in it
if i knew better then I do.
It's too late, Oh I keep on deceiving you
and I'll always play the fool.

But it's a way for you to know.

Someday We'll sleep for hours
Someday I'll sell your things
Someday We'll trade our vows
And face what marriage brings

Didn't want her leg to snap so,
Spent six months in a cast oh
Just to be safe.
Couldn't Find the steering wheel no,
Drove on straight the field oh,
and into the lake.

Fate, Oh I wouldn't believe in it
if i knew better then I do.
It's too late, Oh I keep on deceiving you
and I'll always play the fool.

But it's a way for my stomach To
Taste what I give it and
Summer has faded
Likeness is fading...
Fading...

Discography

US:

"I Wrote A Novel" 5 track EP released in the US on 4th September 2012. #18 Most Added at College Radio & national airplay
"Six Months In A Cast" going to College Radio in Dec 2012 & to be released in Jan 2013

AUSTRALIA:

LP 1
"Bleeders" - November 2012

SINGLES
"Bleeders" - July 2011
"I Wrote A Novel" - October 2011
"Someday Soon" - March 2012
"Six Months In A Cast" - August 2012

RADIO PLAY
"Six Months In A Cast" on High rotation on Triple J, ITunes SIngle of the Week in Aus & NZ, #4 on the Independent Radio Chart in Oct 2012
"I Wrote A Novel" reached #8 on the AIR Independent Radio Chart - May 2012 (Australian Independent Records Association - official chart)
"I Wrote A Novel" on high rotation on Triple J - national community radio - TWICE - for 3 months each time (Oct-Dec 2011, April-June 2012)
"I Wrote A Novel" Top 5 on the AIRIT Community Radio Chart and extensive play across community radio nationally
"Someday Soon" Top 5 on the AIRIT Community Radio Chart
All other singles - spot play on Triple J & lots of play on other community radio stations across Australia - including FBI (Sydney), RRR (Melb), PBS (Melb), ZZZ (Brisbane), 2ser (Sydney), RTR (Perth) etc.
"I Wrote A Novel" added to rotation on commercial networks WAFM & RedFM in WA - "Redwave Media’s regional radio network is geographically the largest radio network in Australia, servicing not only regional WA towns but also broadcasting mining radio to FIFO (fly in, fly out) workers at remote mine sites."

VIDEO PLAY
"Bleeders" - Video of the Week on Rage - ABC TV
"Bleeders" in Rage's top 50 videos of 2011
All 3 videos rotation on "Rage" - ABC TV
"Bleeders" & "I Wrote A Novel" - spot play on Channel V & Max TV (Foxtel)
"Six Months In A Cast" added to rotation on Channel V & Rage PLay