Thomas Lane

Thomas Lane

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Thomas Lane is an acoustic driven, pop-rock band from Milwaukee. With a soaring, anthemic sound the band has burst onto the scene with the independent release of their debut album, a self-booked national tour, and the Wisconsin Area Music Industry award for 'Best New Artist' of 2006.

Biography

A good song is one that tells a story. A great band is one that seems to tell yours. From a dark and dusty basement in the Midwest, Thomas Lane has spent the last year crafting a soaring, anthemic sound that rings with immediacy and resonates with intimacy long after the music has faded. This pop-rock quartet comprised of Derek Wrobel, David Burleton, Ben Estes, and Frank Babeck burst onto the scene with the independent release of their first album, 'Something to Hold Onto', a self-booked national college & club tour, and the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award for 'Best New Artist' in 2006.

The Milwaukee, WI based four-piece draws its musical influences from a vast array of artists and genres. Thomas Lane's sound has drawn comparisons to the melodic honesty of Counting Crows, the bittersweet poignancy of Ben Folds, and the chiming grandeur of U2 and Coldplay. When asked about the driving force behind the band's songs, Derek Wrobel replied, "We try to capture moments in time, feelings that we've had, and convey those emotions through our music in a way that is honest and sincere. We think that people connect with that, both on the album and during our live shows."

Fans and critics agree, Thomas Lane's charm lies in its earnest, heartfelt sincerity. Milwaukee's Shepherd Express recently stated, "Their debut album is heavy on big, euphoric hooks and sincere, sentimental lyrics... many of [their songs] are so breezy and immediately infectious they'd fit right in on commercial radio. You'd never guess such a slick, expertly crafted album was recorded by a band that formed just a year ago."

Lyrics

Girl Next Door

Written By: Derek Wrobel

i let my guard down, one too many times
i let you in just to see where we’d begin
i heard you wondering if i’m all right
i think i may have said too much tonight

let me put it straight, i’ve never felt so great
i know you did me wrong and it took to long
for me to realize what i was going through
was just another version of me chasing you

now i don’t care what you have to say…
today i’m feeling a little bit better
all of my friends told me to forget her
i might have to write one more letter
but today i’m feeling better

i packed all your things, i put them away
i picked up the phone but i didn’t call today
and i heard you wondering if i’m still the same
don’t you know i’ll never have to change my name…

now i don’t care what you have to say…
today i’m feeling a little bit better
all of my friends told me to forget her
i might have to write one more letter
but today i’m feeling…

you’re just the girl next door

today i’m feeling a little bit better
all of my friends told me to forget her
i might have to write one more letter
but today i’m feeling better

For Days

Written By: David Burleton

with timing like this, i would be remise not to mention
my head’s still spinning
just after the show, you tell me don’t go… begs the question
who’s creating distance

this could go on for days
cause times like these, they don’t change

feeling translucent, watching for movement
nothing but nonsense is all i could say
feeling defenseless, walking on fences
as we slip past ourselves, wandering steps lead the way

Three Days Away

Written By: Derek Wrobel

everyone has someplace else to go
but i was sort of thinking i would see you at the show
you didn’t want to go
i’ve been open ended
still you defend it
say i’ve been all alone
did you find what you wanted here
find a way to disappear

everyone has someplace else to be
i was trying to tell you it wasn’t me you were trying to see, now
i’ve been trying to show you
some things i’ve forgotten are standing all alone
the sun won’t shine on me tomorrow
could you take away the rain
trade it for sorrow

i’m three days away from falling in love
it hasn’t been that long, but it’s been long enough
if i make it through september i might just want to stay
that’s what i’ve been thinking when i don’t know what to say

so now, everyone is open
everything forgotten
everyone’s around here trying to take something away
so you hide your possessions, save your confessions
this could be the next best thing
still you deny it
would it hurt to try this

i’m three days away from falling in love
it hasn’t been that long, but it’s been long enough
if i make it through september i might just want to stay
that’s what i’ve been thinking when i don’t know what to say

come along i’ll show you all i’ve learned to rearrange
time itself is pain unless you find a way to change

i’m three days away from falling in love
it hasn’t been that long, but it’s been long enough
if i make it through september i might just want to stay
that’s what i’ve been thinking when i don’t know what to say

Boston Song

Written By: Thomas Lane

boston song

too late i’ve been told, you’ll never see your dreams unfold
seems such a shame
i see myself sometimes, standing on the other side, with a different name
i’ve waited way too long for this, i’ve almost made it out of here
sometimes it all feels so near…sunrise, six a.m., another town my new best friend
is just inside

allow me to introduce myself and go on…

this time i’m leaving here, i know i said the same thing last year
if i time it right, i might see boston tonight
and i’ll be on my way

i’m here again tonight, staring at a different light
i still can’t see
your face in my mind, why do you act so kind
when your not here
i’ve been here way too long to say, which way you and i should go
there are some things you should know
i don’t know what i need, but i need to know that i could be
much more than this

pre-chorus
chorus

set yourself up for a while
say goodbye to all your friends
this could go on for a week
or maybe until the end
i believe i feel apart, don’t believe i fell in

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Discography

"Something to Hold Onto" LP - released in March 2006

'Three Days Away', 'Casual Indifference', and 'Veneer' - played on FM 102.1 Milwaukee's "The Scene"

Set List

Original Songs:

All But You
Boston Song
Casual Indifference
Down by the Water
For Days
Girl Next Door
Recovery
Reflection
Sara Thomas
Sky to Blue
Spin
Stepaway
Taken Down
Three Days Away
Veneer
Your Own Miracle

Cover Songs:

Amy
Freshman
Island in the Sun
Melt with You
The Freshmen
Since U Been Gone
Wonderwall