Tom Gee Band – Swapping Stories – Review

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Tom Gee Band
Swapping Stories
Self-released 25th April 2014

Following up from E.P. Better Things To Do, the Tom Gee Band, nominated in the category ‘Young Artist’ in BBA 2014; this album will certainly help to get him noticed during the voting period and beyond.

The eleven, self-penned tracks on the album deliver a full sound with the skills of every member of the band being utilised, and there’s a feel of Prince in his ‘New Generation’ period about the tonal quality and use of breaks in the music, especially apparent on ‘Can’t Get Enough’. This is a band that is creating its own style with an intricate amalgam of Blues, Pop, Funk and a twist of the Big Band Sound. The music is easy on the ear and definitely brightens up your mood. ‘Dead In The Morning’, the opening track, opens with a full-on instrumental phrase that means business and your ear instantly connects to. Tom’s vocals are strong throughout with a balance between the full sound and his lyrics. The tracks are full of changes in tempo and tone so that your interest is maintained throughout the album. The closing track, ‘Superman’ has a mellow piano intro then joined by Tom – this stripped back sound is intriguing – and then the rest of the band joins in filling in the gaps, with some funky bass and luscious backing vocals, leaving you wanting to hear more of Tom Gee Band; and you can as they tour the country; they are definitely a band you want to hear again and again.

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Track Listing (Writer Credits in brackets)
1. Dead In The Morning (Tom Gee Band)
2. Shake (Tom Gee Band)
3. Get Close (Tom Gee Band)
4. On My Way (Tom Gee Band)
5. Piece Of Paper (Tom Gee Band)
6. Don’t Stop (Tom Gee Band)
7. Can’t Get Enough (Tom Gee Band)
8. Listen To Yourself (Tom Gee Band)
9. Strongest Hands (Tom Gee Band)
10. Thinking About You (Tom Gee Band)
11. Superman (Tom Gee Band)

Tom Gee Band are:
Tom Gee – Guitar and vocals
Jamie Moore – Bass guitar
David Sudall – Drums
Tolu Ajayi – Keyboards and backing vocals
Matthew Newby – Saxophone
Joe Roughton – Trumpet
Caterina Comeglio – Backing vocals
Bridie May Miller – Backing vocals

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