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Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer

You may have seen my previous post on Thomas Tantrum. Well, they have released details that they are set to release their new album Mad By Moonlight on June 12. Their newest single will also be released the week before on June 5, called Hot Hot Summer. This makes me happy.

After reviewing their previous single, Sleep, I’m glad to inform you all that Hot Hot Summer is just as fantastic. Having matured greatly since their debut in 2008, Thomas Tantrum have produced some great pop tunes for their newest album adventure.

Mad By Moonlight album cover

Mad By Moonlight album design

Hot Hot Summer show off Megan’s vocals and the innocence that’s within them. With a knack for writing memorable choruses, Thomas Tantrum are able to hook you into a song after the first listen. Trust me, you’ll be pressing the repeat button.

With summer fastly approaching, this is a great song for hot days sunbathing on the lawn. Megan’s vocals have a charm about them, although the lyrics are sad, the way they are sung makes the whole song sound happy. Surprisingly, this works well.

There’s something about this band which sets them apart from other indie bands. I don’t know what it is or how to explain it but they have that something. One aspect that I love about this band is that the vocals are the main focus. They aren’t shrouded by any of the other instruments. Some may argue that that is because the musical accompliment is basic but that doesn’t matter. This band makes great, easy to listen to, happy music. What more can you ask for?

If you’re a fan, they have an upcoming tour starting on June 7 to 23. For more information, visit www.thomastantrum.co.uk.

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Thomas Tantrum – Mad By Moonlight

Southampton’s talented Thomas Tantrum have just released their second album titled Mad By Moonlight which uncovers the theme of female insanity, insomnia and lack of sleep.

This indie-pop group have combined their many different influences from the B52s, Abba and The Cure into their sombre yet, in parts, rather adventurous album.

Track one is titled Tick Tock and is a song that brings forward the relaxed tone of the record. The peaceful vocals from Megan Thomas are pleasant and controlled allowing the song to be smooth making it a great introductory track.

Face The Music, however, livens everything up just that little bit. While sounding very much like The Cure, it has elements which make it a brand new song of its own. Ignoring the rather cringey, repetitive lyrics of “I wanna take you on a love boat. If we go back it will be cut throat”, this song is one of the best on the album. It captures the sound of The Cure and brings it back in a style which can fit perfectly in today’s chart.

Mad By Moonlight album cover

Mad By Moonlight album design

Another great track on the album has to be Betty Blue which is about a crazy lover who has a breakdown one night. Bringing forward the cheeky side to the band with more upbeat melodies, Betty Blue features the album title lyrics ‘Mad By Moonlight’ in its chorus. This comes after a rather memorable and melodic bridge with the lyrics, “I don’t wanna burst your bubble but I’m a crazy lover, crazy lover yeah. I don’t wanna cause you trouble but I’m hard to love, a crazy lover yeah. I don’t wanna throw off the sheets and call you words I’ve never used before”. This is bound to be stuck in your head later.

It has to be said that Megan Thomas’ vocals have sharpened tremendously since their debut in 2008. You can’t find fault with them. While keeping her indie inspired twangs on the end of certain words, she has also developed the ability to hit high pitches, note perfect without any of the wailing once heard previously. Her voice also doesn’t sound the same on any one of the songs which is what makes her voice so interesting to listen to.

The first half of the album is cheerier than the second where things become a bit deeper and darker. All In Your Head and Supermodel are two of the more emotional songs on the record which are in fact needed to make that balance. They show the very mature side to Thomas Tantrum.

Although I’m congratulating the band on album, it’s worth noting not all the songs are worthy of a listen. Only Human leaves me a bit confused. The chorus is good and catchy like a pop song should be but the verses….well it sounds like Kate Nash has entered the room and this gives it a thumbs down from me.

Everything about this album captures the essence of sleep and how it can affect how you function. Listen to this record with low lighting, snuggled in bed and you will see exactly what I mean. Perfect bed music.

Thomas Tantrum have come a long way since their debut. Everything about them has grown stronger and matured. Mad By Moonlight is a brilliant album that combines many influences while making each and every song the bands’ own. A very pleasant surprise.


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Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer Remix

So I’ve recently heard that Thomas Tantrum have, in fact, had remix of their newest single, Hot Hot Summer, done by Will Sanderson under his new guise of GWAIIU.

Starting off rather slowly and annoyingly with the beeps, this version actually gets quite good.

Thomas Tantrum

Thomas Tantrum

The long introduction becomes quite boring after a while but eventually the rest of the music kicks in and it begins to sound like a song rather than just a couple of irritating noises.

The ex-Chew Lips member has completely revamped the song using darker tones than the happier, pop version. With more futuristic and electronic sounds, he’s made a rather indie-pop song into a solid electro/dubstep song.

Megan Thomas’ vocals fit this genre of music perfectly. Her voice is so versatile, it literally sounds good however and whenever she sings.

In some ways, this remix fits the undertones of the song better than the pop version. The lyrics are sad yet Thomas Tantrum’s version is happy. Will Sanderson has perhaps, more successfully, captured the essence and darker tones of the tune. Well worth a listen.

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Thomas Tantrum

Howling vocals fill my room as I listen to Thomas Tantrum’s newest track, Sleep. The voice is enthralling and a little bit Lulu-esque, resembling the spectacular vocal intro on her 1965 single Shout.

The voice described belongs to Megan Thomas, the lead singer of Thomas Tantrum, a Southampton based band. This foursome have flourished since 2008 when they released their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and subsequent singles. But some things have changed since their first album. They’ve enlisted a new drummer, Dave Wade Brown, who they claim has helped them to come up with a fresh new sound.

Megan Thomas’ vocals have also undergone a make-over. Before they sounded child-like and out of control but now they have been fine-tuned giving their newest single fantastic and strong female vocals.

Sleep is a great indie-pop song to listen to if you want to wash away those winter blues. It definitely has something about it. After a few listens, I can guarantee that you’ll be singing the chorus of “Wakey wakey, it’s time to wake up now. Won’t you just sleep though?”

Thomas TantrumAfter the preview of the video being shown on NME.com a few weeks ago, I caught up with the band to ask them about their new single and their next steps.

It seems the band have thought long and hard about their current sound and soon to be released album. Guitarist and vocalist, Dave Miatt, said: “Things are a little more considered now. Certain nuances in the songs aren’t obvious on the first listen. Generally speaking we’ve had quite a bit of time to fine tune our song craft.

“We’ve put a lot of thought into which tracks made the final cut as well as the running order. It’s more of an album this time round as opposed to just a collection of songs.”

Since their 2008 releases, they have been busy writing and recording material for the second album due for release in the summer. But what should their fans expect?

Dave Miatt continued: “It’s still a party album like the last one but with more of a twilight vibe running through it. Not in the vampire sense. There are other monsters which rear their ugly heads instead.

“Sleep represents a recurring theme running through the album; that of dusk, dreaming, the moonlit soirĂ©e. It was kind of an obvious choice for the first single.”

Not everything has been altered with this band though. They’ve worked with the same producer as the debut album, ex-Embrace member Rick MacNamara. Sleep was mixed by Ash Howes who’s worked with Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds, Eliza Doolittle and Plan B. So what was the band’s experience in working with these two musical icons?

Dave said: “We were excited to be working with Rick again. He is an ideas man and always has something up his sleeve if we ever hit a brick wall.

“Ash has done a sterling job with Sleep with his final mix passing the ‘let’s play it through as many different speakers and headphones as possible’ test with flying colours.”

With a new single and album on the way, some may think that’s enough for Thomas Tantrum but they have plenty more planned. As they were answering my questions, they were also recording in the studio. Dave explains: “Right now, we are recording some alternate versions of some of our songs and demo-ing up some new ones. I am hoping the sound of my typing won’t bleed onto Megan’s vocal take too much.

“We are also currently booking a UK tour for around Easter. We have another free EP in the works as well as a couple of singles and obviously the album.”

It’s a busy couple of months for Thomas Tantrum but all their efforts will hopefully pay off. For more information on tour dates and releases, visit www.thomastantrum.co.uk.

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