Thomas Nicholas Band

Thomas Nicholas Band

 Los Angeles, California, USA
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TNB draws on influences - from Foo Fighters to Switchfoot to Springsteen. He's learned the art of writing a pop song while keeping a foot in Rock'n'Roll. His music is polished for the radio, but raw enough to sound honest.

Thomas Nicholas has been performing original music for 16 years. The energy he brings to each onstage performance is undeniable.

Biography

TNB self titled EP
PRODUCED & MIXED by DAMIEN STARKEY (PUDDLE OF MUDD)
Featuring Co-writes with BOBBY AMARU (SALIVA)
the first single "MY GENERATION" is included on the AMERICAN REUNION soundtrack album

HIGHLIGHTS:
Winner of the ROBERT ALTMAN INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD Nominated for Young Artist Award & Gotham Award
Named Seventeen Magazines IT BOY
Featured in PaperMagazine, Elle, Variety, Movieline, ClublineChicago, Music Connection Magazine, Hollywood Reporter, Premiere, FW Magazine, Arena, Newsweek, Teen People, YM,
Entertainment Weekly, US Magazine, Rolling Stone & more
Appeared twice on MTVs TRL
Live TV performances on WGN, FOX, NBC, DailyBuzz, Sharon Osbourne Show & more

NEW MEDIA:
Over 150k plays on Myspace & over 10k Friends Over 100k views on YouTube Over 20k opt-in FANCLUB members

TOURING:
Played over 350 shows and has released 4 albums since 2008
Shared the stage with Secondhand Serenade, Eve6, Fuel, Tom Morello, Cracker, Seether, Cypress Hill, Ben Harper, Kenny Loggins, Al McKay, Chris Barron, Deluka, Trevor Hall, Lucky Boys Confusion, Miggs, Mandy Moore, Blues Traveler and Jefferson Starship

FILM & TELEVISION:
Starred in AMERICAN PIE, AMERICAN PIE 2, AMERICAN WEDDING, AMERICAN REUNION, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR & many more
Guest Star Appearances on ABCs series GREYS ANATOMY and NBCs series MEDIUM & more
Played Frank Sinatra Jr. in Showtimes STEALING SINATRA, and performed 2 songs on the soundtrack

BIOGRAPHY:

Thomas Nicholas has got a lot to say on his second album, Heroes Are Human. In fact, Thomas pens songs about all kinds of revolutionsfrom personal and emotional revelations to perspectives changing on a mass scale. However, the riff is just as mighty as the word for Thomas, and there's no shortage of infectious, soulful rock on the new album. "Bitter Sweet" seesaws from an undeniable hook to heartfelt verses, while "Wake Up" pulsates with palpable sonic energy. This album stands out as a declaration for the Thomas Nicholas Band, so listen up

After 2008's Without Warning and 2009's Without Warning Acoustic, Thomas wanted to craft a record that incorporated his influences while further developing his own style. Those influences cascade together to create something vibrant and alive. Thomas describes his sound best. "I think of it as John Mayer writing the melody, Bruce Springsteen singing and The Foo Fighters backing it all up. The new material definitely feels that way. It's a little heavier, but it still has that pop influence."

That pop sensibility makes tracks such as "Bitter Sweet" unforgettable. The song has the kind of chorus that listeners can crank in the car or delve into on headphones. Thomas delves into it saying, "It's one of the catchiest things we've ever written. It focuses on love lost and love found again at the wrong time, lending itself to the lighter side of the new material. We've all experienced the push-and-pull of relationships and the timing. It's ambiguous enough that you can relate it to any failed relationship, and the vibe of the music matches the lyrics perfectly. There are some moments that are really sweet and some moments that are really bitter."

The new record definitely juxtaposes emotions in a seamless fashion. Thomas allows fans deeper into his world as well. From starring in everything from Rookie of the Year to the American Pie series, he's been a part of the pop culture zeitgeist since he was a kid, and his new music reflects his experience. "On the new record, we want to show that soul we have on stage. I feel like the first record was mixed to be 'radio-ready' in some ways. This is raw. People don't feel like they can typically interact with an actor, but I'm doing this 100 percent myself. There's a pre-conceived notion that actors are untouchable, but I'm running all of my sites and answering all of my MySpace messages. I'm not going to have someone pretend that they are me. There's a big difference between how music speaks to

Lyrics

Wasting My Time

Written By: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Dan Lavery & Jeremy Rubolino

This is how I feel.
I haven’t been unkind.
I only tried to tell you
what’s been on my mind.
You don’t seem to care.
Or remember what you said.
Reality ain’t what’s inside your head.

I’m wasting my time
You’ve made up your mind
You’re impossible to please
Don’t blame it on me
Because I believe
It’s always what it seems

Maybe its too soon
To share my world with you
You had your chance
and now there’s nothing you can do
I feel like giving up
Cause you just wont give in
I’ve played your games
but I can never win

I’m wasting my time
You’ve made up your mind
You’re impossible to please
Don’t blame it on me
Because I believe
It’s always what it seems

I’m wasting my time
made up your mind
you’re impossible
please don’t blame it on me
Because I believe
It’s always what it

I’m just wasting my time
You’ve made up your mind
You’re impossible to please
Don’t blame it on me
This is what I believe
It’s always what it seems

Just wasting my time

Frequency

Written By: Thomas Ian Nicholas & Jeremy Rubolino

A simple contradiction
that echoes in my mind
We don’t know what we’re missing
but its what we’re trying to find
I fall into submission
cause the frequency is just right
And I just sit and listen
cause talking makes me blind

There’s nothing wrong
with being right
it’s a beautiful disease

We give we take
but everything we are
remains the same to me
We feel we think we breath
We live we love
but we are not above
the world we see and hear
Adjust your frequency

The perfect confrontation
ends without a fight
And we worry about the outcome
but it will all be fine

There’s nothing right
with being wrong
it’s a beautiful disease

We give we take
but everything we are
remains the same to me
We feel we think we breath
We live we love
but we are not above
the world we see and hear
Adjust your frequency

The truth can be disguised
if you don’t believe
It’s underneath the lies
repeating endlessly

We give we take
but everything we are
remains the same to me
We feel we think we breath
We live we love
but we are not above
the world we see and hear
Adjust your frequency

Without Warning

Written By: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Dan Lavery & Jeremy Rubolino

Slow down
Life will pass you by inside the
Blink of your eyes
But don’t look.
You will never find what you want
Till it finds you

Oooh it comes without warning
There’s no time for caution
Nothing to fear and nothing you’d see
It comes without warning
Like something familiar
But nothing that I was expecting to need

Watch out.
Just beware that what you want
is waiting for you
But don’t stop.
Keep on moving toward tomorrow
There’s more then you know

Oh it comes without warning
There’s no time for caution
Nothing to fear and nothing you’d see
It comes without warning
Like something familiar
But nothing that I was expecting

Life has everything that you’ve been waiting for
All you’ve got to do is just keep wanting more

Ooh it comes without warning
There’s no time for caution
Nothing to fear and nothing you’d see
It comes without warning
Like something familiar
But nothing that I was expecting to need

You Don't Know

Written By: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Dan Lavery & Jeremy Rubolino

You got something I wanna now about
You are never easy to figure out
And I want you more
everyday without a doubt

Till you’re getting me

You don’t know just what it’s like
Cause you turn your head lately
You don’t know just how it feels
When you’re driving me crazy
You don’t know just who I am
But it’s you that can change me
You’ll never know just what its like

I can never tell what’s on your mind
And I can never read between the lines
And you so beautiful
but holding back what’s inside

You’re not getting me

You don’t know just what it’s like
Cause you turn your head lately
You don’t know just how it feels
When you’re driving me crazy
You don’t know just who I am
But it’s you that can change me
You’ll never know just what its like

As hard as you try you’ll never find
Exactly what your looking for
cause you’re always wanting more

You don’t know just what its like
Cause you turn your head lately
You don’t know just how it feels
When you’re driving me crazy
You don’t know just who I am
But it’s you that can change me
You’ll never know just what its like

You got something I wanna know about

Cry While Smiling

Written By: Thomas Ian Nicholas & Jeremy Rubolino

I see you cry when you’re smiling
It’s like the rain is falling through sunshine
You hear me laugh but it’s you I’m thinking of
With open eyes I am dreaming
Its like the stars are lighting up blue skies
You hear me sigh but it’s me I cant hide from

And Every time I think I’m wrong
You let me know that it won’t be long
Until I finally understand
That you want me for who I am

I hear your thoughts in the silence
Its like the wind is telling a story
You see me smile cause its you I’m dreaming of
Afraid to fail so I’m hoping
That your light will keep my heart open
I want to see all the things in store for you and me.

And Every time I think I’m wrong
You let me know that it won’t be long
Until I finally understand
That you want me for who I am

And you let me be myself and no one else can tell
You’re everything to me you give me what I need
And I never have to ask cause what we have will last
Even though I’ve seen you cry I know what makes you smile

And Every time I think I’m wrong
You let me know that it won’t be long
Until I finally understand
That you want me for who I am

I see you cry when you’re smiling
Its like the way you light up my life

Heroes Are Human

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin

You are the reason for my story though I may never find the words
I’m just the footsteps in your shadow
I want the world to know that

Hero’s are human despite what you believe
You are my hero you’re everything to me
It’s all about you in my life

You never wanted all the glory,
you always gave it to some one else
I remember what you did for me
I want the world will know that

Hero’s are human despite what you believe
You are my hero, you’re everything to me
It’s all about you in my life

Turn Me Off

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin, Phil Frechette

I’m confused I can’t buy away my blues
I consume too much

Am I rich am I poor
Am I trying to find my wealth
Cause I am bored with myself

And I fill the void with all the things I buy

I need something more
Cause the world is broken
We won’t ever heal the pain
Till the Truth is spoken
Turn me off, turn me off
It can’t stop, I can’t stop wanting

I confess to living well beyond my means
But nothing’s left for me
The emptiness is all I find when possession rule my mind
I’m not impressed with me

And I fill the void with all my foolish pride

I need something more
Cause the world is broken
We won’t ever heal the pain
Till the Truth is spoken
Turn me off, turn me off
I can’t stop, I can’t stop

If I find a way to change will my life remain the same
Maybe, it’s all in my mind but I’m running out of time and I realize

I need something more
Till the Truth is spoken
We won’t ever heal the pain
Cause my world is broken
Turn me off, turn me off
I can’t stop, I can’t stop

Color Outside the Lines

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin

If I paid attention to what they teach
Memorize the answers, so I can cheat the test

Cause I know that I won’t learn

And they can’t contain me with their thought control
I won’t lose connection with my mind and soul

Cause I know what I have learned
And I know

The days go by and I don’t mind
Cause I’ll still try to color outside the lines

You can buy the paper to read the news
But there’s no subscriptions for different points of view

And I know that they won’t learn
And I know

The days go by and I don’t mind
Cause I’ll still try to color outside the lines

Color outside the lines

The days go by and I don’t mind
Cause I’ll still try to color outside the lines
The days go by, pay no mind
I hope you’ll try, to color outside the lines

Color outside the lines

Can't Breathe

Written By: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Andrew Rollins & Jeremy Rubolino

Every single day you’re calling me out again
calling me out again and I can never win
Each and every way you’re dragging me down again
dragging me down again and I can never win
I can never win I just lose my place
and I don’t know what day it is

And I can’t breathe when you walk by and I know I cant speak but still I try so I can let you know what’s on my mind just tell me what you want cause tomorrow I’ll be gone

There’s nothing left to say to bring me around again
To bring me around again cause I won’t let you in
And nothing feels okay I’m falling apart again
I’m falling apart again cause I can never win
I can never win I just lose my place and I don’t know what day it is

And I can’t breathe when you walk by and I know I cant speak but still I try so I can let you know what’s on my mind just tell me what you want cause tomorrow I’ll be gone

When I am gone you’ll regret all the things you said
You were the one that was making our love feel dead

Super Girl

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin, Dan Lavery

She's just like every girl
Won’t tell you what she’s thinking
She'll make you want the world
Then she'll change her mind
Just when you've given in

She flies like superman
Spins you round till you're backwards
She's not invisible but you swear you never
saw her coming

Till she's gone, moving on
Where did you go wrong?

You thought she would save you
From your ordinary life
She's an illusion
An imaginary high
You keep holding on, You're holding on
To the supergirl who left you down and out

She's so mysterious
Makes you want what you can't have
She won't be serious
cause you've never been enough to make her try

She moves with slight of hand
You'll never know what she's hiding
And her love will disapear
And you swear you never saw it coming

Till she's gone, moving on
Where did you go wrong?

You thought she would save you
From your ordinary life
She's an illusion
An imaginary high
You keep holding on, You're holding on
To the supergirl who left you down and out

Say Goodbye ... It's your turn to fly
You’re on your own this time

She'll never save you
From your ordinary life
She's an illusion
An imaginary high
You keep holding on
Don't hold on
To the supergirl who left you down and out

Roo Doot

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin, Will Murphy

Funny how I was cool and you were lame
But that was once upon a time and now it seems my thread has come unraveled.
Lately, your kisses taste so very plain and if it’s romance that your looking for then lay yourself beside me

Feel the love, feel the light

One and one is really one and I never really knew that I could be one with you

Syrup never was my favorite drink and sometimes I run low on sympathy and I become a madman
Baby you always seem to pull my chain that chokes me just enough to gain my senses and lay myself beside you

Feel the love, feel the light
One and one is really one and I never really knew that I could be one with you

Revolution Now

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin, Andrew Synowiec

Freedom is more than speech
Words don’t mean anything
Power is in your reach
Do your thing

We need a revolution
The system is built on lies
This is the one solution
Do your thing

Revolution Now
We can change somehow
We don’t have to fight to win the
Revolution Now
We can change the world
We don’t have to fight to win the war

I live in Woodstock Nation
Where people are free to choose
The future is our creation
We do our thing

You are the revolution
You’ll tear the system down
You are the one solution
Do your thing

Revolution Now
We can change somehow
We don’t have to fight to win the
Revolution Now
We can change the world
We don’t have to fight to win

the war, it’s their war, we want change, not the same old song

Revolution Now
somehow
We don’t have to fight
Revolution Now
change the world
We don’t have to fight to win the war

Lost in My Home

Written By: Thomas Nicholas, Thai Long Ly, Shay Godwin, Sara Bettens

People go to work as I get home
I don't really care that I'm alone
I miss my girl but I'm all right for now
It won't be very long until
She gets home and I can get some sleep
Stop these walls from closing in

I’m lost in my home
No one to talk to, Nobody knows
I’m lost in my home
I need you to save me tonight
and I’ll be alright

I race against the sun to reach my bed
I'm wide awake, I'll wait for you instead
The light is pouring slowly down the hall
But it won't be very long now cause
She'll be home and I can finally sleep
Stop these walls from closing in

I’m lost in my home
No one to talk to, Nobody knows
I’m lost in my home
I need you to save me tonight
and I’ll be alright …

Discography

"Without Warning"
Released Jan 15th, 2008.

"Without Warning Acoustic"
Released May 5th, 2009

"Heroes Are Human"
Released June 1st, 2010

"TNB (EP)"
Released March 20th, 2012

It is available on iTUNES. It can be heard on XM Satellite Unsigned. KOMP 92.3FM in Las Vegas. AMP radio, Vocalo.org and 89.5 FM frequency in south Chicago and Northwest Indiana.

Set List

All originals. We can play up to a 90min set. (We usually play a 60 min set with 14 songs)

If we are hired to play longer we will usually throw in a cover song from Muse, Weezer, Bruce Springsteen or Led Zeppelin.

TNB has played over 250 shows in the last 3 years. Thomas can also do an Acoustic Set for smaller venues or events that can't fit the full band experience.

We can extend our set by combining both the band and the acoustic show.

When the budget is available, we also have a violinist and a cellist that can really add a lot of sonic flavor to the live performance. Acoustic or Full Band