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GET TO KNOW: Andrew Thomases

After spending the last few years turning out a wealth of rich and passionate gems, US artist Andrew Thomases now returns for 2023 to deliver his dreamy new single 'Back At My Life'.

Channelling a wonderfully warm and breezy pop-rock aesthetic for his newest outing, 'Back At My Life' makes for a smooth and alluring listen from start to finish. With its sweet and shimmering production perfectly elevating his sweeping vocals throughout, he is returning to the fold with one of his most enchanting efforts to date here.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.

What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?

The Beatles. My dad was a huge fan and he got me hooked at a young age. When I was 9 years old, he took me to see Beatlemania on Broadway, and I immediately idolised Paul McCartney. My dad had an old bass guitar, and the night after seeing Beatlemania, I asked him if I could borrow it. That was my start in rock music.

Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?

Yes, I had a number of bands in high school, college, and law school. The first band in high school was called “Good Question.” (We thought we were so funny. It was the early ‘80s!) We were a cover band and played everything from Jimi Hendrix, and The Stones, to The Police, and Billy Idol. We had a broad range of sounds and styles, and our lead singer could definitely belt out any rock track.

What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?

At 55 years of age, I seek to impart some of the wisdom I have gained over the years into my music. I call it “conscious rock.” Each of my songs has a message, and I like to make my listeners think. Whether it is about climate change, paying it forward, exploring new sides of yourself, overdoing perfection, or looking back at your life with no regrets, I strive to create insightful songs. My music tends to lean towards classic rock, with some songs having an acoustic feel, while others have a hint of alternative rock.

What is a song you wish you had written yourself?

Wow, I am in awe of so many songs that it is hard to pick just one. Many by the Beatles would be in consideration, but right now I am really feeling “Pictures Of You” by The Cure. In some ways, it is so simple, but it has so many cool layers that I could listen to over and over again.

If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?

In 1984, my high school band played “The Time Warp” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show and won our school’s Battle of the Bands after the entire audience rushed the pit in front of the stage to do the accompanying dance: “It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right . . ..”

Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?

Of course, Paul McCartney. If not Sir Paul, then The Cure. I just saw them in concert again, and they put on over 2 ½ hours of great music.

And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?

I love U2, and they are so talented. I’d love to collaborate and learn from them.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Well, I will probably still be practising law and playing music in my free time. I’d love to organise and perform original music and covers at small venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. Of course, I will also continue to write songs with meaning.


Andrew Thomases' new single 'Back At My Life' is available to stream now. Check it out below.


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