Drew Thomson has lived through his share of ups and downs. The same kinds of trials and tribulations that most people encounter. What sets him apart is his how he captures and relates the highs and lows. Whether you’re a businessman in the city or a gold prospector 14 hours north of anything, there are always highs and lows. Having lived both of those extremes and just about everywhere in between, Thomson has a unique ability to tell stories that while seeming outrageous and not at all relatable, also feel deeply personal to the listener.
Life lived both on the road and stuck in one place has helped Thomson craft his first EP, Stay. These songs are the culmination of his experiences focused heavily on family, love, death, excess and longing . This EP serves as a prelude to the as-of-yet untitled Full-Length album that will be released. As a songwriter better known for his scathing delivery in punk bands, this EP also serves as an introduction for Drew as a solo artist. These songs were crafted on acoustic guitars. They come from couches and quiet afternoons. They come from the backseat of vans in other countries or even other continents. They come from the bush and they come from the cheap end of the city.
Over the years Thomson has played these songs on stage solo but he has further developed the sound with a full band. The music is reminiscent of Americana; or better yet, Canadiana story-telling Rock and Roll reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, Matthew Good, The Hold Steady and Johnathan Richman. In an era when image and marketing and the picture of ‘who you are’ has become such a driving force, it’s a true breathe of fresh air to hear these songs so honest, while also giving you a hook to hold onto.
As we age, we change, grow and just get old. Thomson sounds like a man who hasn’t quite accepted his place in the wheel, but has found a spot in the tread that he can carve out for himself. One touching song is a message to his grandmother who passed while he was on tour, where he asks her to, ‘stay.. stick around for a little while. See the changes that I have made..” After listening, I expect that’s exactly what you’ll want to do.
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