The bio line on the recently formed Lo Tom is that they’re “the simplest iteration of a band—friends who missed making noise together and who wanted to hang out,” and that’s not wrong at all.
From their first single, this sounds like low-stakes music that’s been expertly made by dudes who know a thing or two about songcraft. Dave Bazan (Pedro the Lion), Trey Many (Velour 100, Starflyer 59), TW Walsh (Pedro the Lion, The Soft Drugs) and Jason Martin (Starflyer 59) have all been around for awhile, which is part of why “Overboard” doesn’t sound like some jittery debut. Bazan’s right at home singing, “It just takes awhile for me to unfeel a thing,” over rumbling bass and angular guitar riffs. Even though it’s loose, even though it’s “low stakes,” the emotional impact of this music can’t be blunted. If this is the start, Lo Tom have a good run in them.
The band’s dropping their debut album sometime this year on Barsuk Records. “These songs were painstakingly honed over the course of two weekends,” said Lo Tom. “Nobody is in charge. The album is pink.”
Check out “Overboard” below, plus Paste Cloud footage from a 2016 Bazan performance, and to keep track of all the band’s members, check out the uncropped Lo Tom flowchart below.