Thomas

Thomas

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Little white boy channels Jane Siberry and George Benson. Moments of intimate falsetto to unhinged guitar freak-outs. Thoughtful lyrics about friendship, dreamlands, love, cats. Melodies you want to sing but feel ashamed to.

Biography

I grew up in Hamilton playing in bands, learning, listening with occasional bouts of shopping and partying. Went to U of T for a music degree. Gigged/gigging around Toronto for the past 5 years in various freelance situations including radio, film, theatre and television but mainly bars and clubs and festivals with groups like Allie Hughes, Katie Stelmanis, Juicebox, the Debonaires, on and on and on .....
My solo thing has been simmering for the last year or so, playing shows whenever the fans demand. Record at home massive disco jams but in a live setting usually just a guitar and voice and movement. The full band is in the works ... will probably involve bass drums, keys and rhythm guitar with searing back-up vocals.
My sound : Little white boy channels Jane Siberry and George Benson. Moments of intimate falsetto to unhinged guitar freak-outs. Thoughtful lyrics about friendship, dreamlands, love, cats. Melodies you want to sing but feel ashamed to.
I cover Doris Day and 70's Blossom jams, as well as Timbaland but I mainly just stick to my own tunes which are sensitive but fairly tits-out. My voice is often awkward which helps to draw people in.... my guitar playing is over-the-top which helps to draw people in.
My influences are Jane Siberry, George Benson, Doris Day, Blossom Dearie, Everything But the Girl, Omarion, etc.

Lyrics

Maypole

Written By: Thom Gill

how do i know your face?
how how how
undereating every day
undersleeping every night
how do i know why you do it?
why do i fall for your play?
why why why
feigning sadness all to see
waxing pain without end
vain in vain increasingly
how do i know why you do this?
no one can tell you what the pills do:
it's a secret
but you'll feel your first panic
have your first migraine
cheapen yourself
and then you will see
you don't wanna fall for my play
not right now
truth comes when the truth comes
in the waiting : waiting
like when i bump into Stephen
he don't wanna walk with me
not right now
heavybreathing his machine
always have to spoil the fun
tears streak the eider handed down
how do i know how to do this?
no one can nurse you through the first few, you're on your own
as you suffer for the tradition
as you suffer for your people
as you suffer yourself
then you will see

when i am beth

Written By: thom gill

i was both beth and i
beth and i was followed by a car to your lawn
the very same night
the news was urging

it scared you to look in beth's eyes
and see me therein
playing the piano as i always did
the very same night
sister suvi played the hangar
and invited us on tour

i said 'yes' for you
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and wanted to make you believe
how wrong of me and
how selfish

but when i am beth it's so easy to lie again
when i am beth you share what is yours
and when i am beth my body intersects your gaze
when i am beth i'm finally the only one

i am both beth and i
beth and i has come to live beside you in support
somewhere between here and elsewhere
it scares you to look in beth's eyes,
only see me, and feel so lost and unsure of the way
i have no memory of the last time you were certain in getting there alone
for fear of your battering me
i revealed to you the secret i'd been masquerading in
the fact that i am not as i appear to be is only but the start
you stood motionless
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and suddenly i was also beth
and no longer felt so ashamed
how wrong of me and how selfish
(chorus)

self help

Written By: thom gill

shame through the neck and shoulders
shame through the gut and pelvis
so fucking tense till my head aches
and no i can't ration my way out of this one
find myself a boy to shelter
and a girl to shelter me
privacy's so far away
on the brink of extinction
and so you have to tell yourself
that this is what you wanted
and so you have to tell yourself
that you thought this felt good
grab a drink and bring it to the hot tub
just relax someone wants to meet you

this kind of thing has only one member
and he's the model for us all
his blood is hot his blood is real
real enough to break the ground before you

constant fear of police
fear of policemen
walk down the street with an ear cocked
and one eye behind my back
help isn't round the corner
it's in this very room
you can heal the neck and the shoulders too
if you just let the truth in
but then you have to tell yourself
that all along you were right
but then you have to tell yourself
that blame belongs to no one
sit back and take a sip from my glass
fix your hair someone wants to meet you

Discography

not under my own name
myspace.com/thomgillmusic <--st(r)eaming tracks....

Set List

Cool (gwen stefani)
No One Wants 2 Hear About Yr Dream (tg)
When I am Beth (tg)
Love is the Candle (tg)
It's Magic (from Romance on the High Seas)
I wanna know what love is (foreigner)
Friday Night in Butch Heaven (tg)
Ice Box (timbaland/omarion)
Do U Consent? (tg)
Don't Think, Just Hate (tg)

That's a recent I played but I have another 20 or so songs that are interchangeable. My sets are usually a half-hour to 40 minutes but I'm adaptable.