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Del Thomas – Shifting Sands CD Launch
Thursday, 17 September 2015 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Del Thomas, a singer/songwriter with unique blend of blues rock, alt-country & pop sensibilities is launching his new album, ‘Shifting Sands‘ at Roomfulla Blues this Thursday.
Audio Samples: http://delthomas.bandcamp.com/releases
Del Thomas – guitar, vox and harmonica
Phil McLaughlin – guitar
Elliotte Fuimaono – bass
James Shanks – drums
Dell will do a short acoustic solo set to start the evening off.
Shifting Sands CD
Following on from 2013’s ‘Driving Home Alone’, Del Thomas now provides another smorgasbord of rootsy – bluesy material with some cool country rock and mellow instrumentals thrown in for good measure. Using the same approach he adopted on ‘Driving Home Alone’ and recording the basic tracks live in the studio with minimal overdubs, the songs have a natural air about them – almost like you’re in the room with the band, with the music ebbing and flowing around the lyrics.
Although many of the songs have been written in the last two years, there’s a nod to Del’s musical past with the inclusion of ‘Caroline’s Garden’, which he wrote almost 20 years ago when playing with Glass Onion, the first band he set up after arriving in NZ from Scotland.
Given Del’s Scottish heritage, it’s no surprise that there’s a hint of celtic influence in some of the material, most notably on the instrumentals, ‘Finnen Haddie’, and the title track, ‘Shifting Sands’. Both sound like they’d fit right in to a soundtrack of a movie set in the Highlands of Scotland or the gritty streets of a bleak, grey Scottish mining town.
Jimmie’s Jive’, another instrumental, is Del’s tip o’ the hat to two of his favourite guitar players, Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Initially inspired by the guitar tone of Jimmie Vaughan in his Fabulous Thunderbirds days with his Fender Strat plugged into a rotary speaker cabinet, the tune turns into an interesting Vaughan brothers reference thanks to Phil McLaughlin’s SRV-oriented solo in the middle of the tune, before ending with some cool interplay between the two guitars.
As always, Del has drawn inspiration for his lyrics from a wide range of sources and, interestingly, what may be one of his most personal songs to date, came about from watching a TV show when one character tells another that “you’ve got to be the best version of yourself that you can’. The line resonated with Del, as it made him think about how he’s always tried to live his life by the standards shown by his father and always tried to be ‘The Best Version of Me’ that he can be.
And, just in case you think this is getting a bit too heavy and introspective, he throws in ‘Rocking Horse’ – a hard rocking bluesy tune with as much sexual innuendo as any of the best down n’ dirty Chicago blues greats could muster. Or is he just referring to the old wooden rocking horse he had when he was a kid………??
All in all, this is another fine mix of songs from Del which should find favour with a wide range of people – after all, we’ve all lost love, found love and lost it all over again, haven’t we?