I’ve been a huge fan of Abandoned Pools since their first album Humanistic. Today, Tommy is releasing his long awaited third full length album Sublime Currency and was generous enough to give us an exclusive interview.
What makes this particular interview perfect for this site is that Tommy writes, tracks, produces, engineers, and mixes the project from start to finish. Very rarely do you see an artist that versatile and committed to putting out the most pure version of their art. The end result is nothing less than spectacular.
ER: First off congratulations on another Album. After “Armed to the Teeth” I was sure that you were pretty much done with the Abandoned Pools Franchise. I think I recall reading a couple of the Myspace Blog Posts you had sent a little while after that album had come out that made me think you were ready to hang up your hat. What happened to get you back to another Abandoned Pools Album?
TW: I’ve been writing for AP over the years and just felt like it was time. The fans were consistently asking for another album too, so I knew I wouldn’t be doing it for nothing.
ER: How did you end up joining forces with Tooth and Nail Records?
TW: Simply, my manager met the A&R rep at SXSW. We sent him some new music and that was that. He was already familiar with Humanistic.
ER: They’ve been around for a lot longer than most people know. I remember back in the mid 90′s they were the label that would sign the “edgy” Christian bands that didn’t fit the current contemporary Christian sound. How did it feel coming into a label that has a primarily Christian background?
TW: My first thought was that I hoped my music could be inspiring to a Christian audience as well. Some fans may listen to Armed To the Teeth and get the wrong idea about me.
ER: Did they place any suggestions or ask you to steer away from any topics that may come across controversial to listeners?
TW: No, it was never discussed. Though they did ask if I would shave for the photo shoot. I’m not sure how being clean shaven makes you more acceptable to Christians. Jesus had (more…)