How was your year? – Thomas White

How was your year? – Thomas White at Drift Records

My personal highlight of this year (and probably every year to come for a long while) has to be touring Europe with The Electric Soft Parade. Having spent months piecing together a set of films to accompany our ‘No Need To Be Downhearted’ album, it was a joy to be able to take the show around the UK late last year. To then take it all around Europe, and to have it received as warmly as it was (especially in Germany) was touching, to say the least. It was a truly rewarding experience, having spent so many lonely nights meticulously recording click-tracks and synching edits etc… we felt like we’d truly arrived as a band.

Other highlights were, of course, working with Drift on ‘I Dream Of Black’, ESP supporting Sparks at their 21 nights in London, and being part of the continuing gestation of Clowns, a project which is finally coming to fruition right about now! In addition, much fun was had playing with Restlesslist (new record coming soon) ….making the new Brakes record, oh and another couple of solo albums, all of which will hopefully see the light of day sometime next year.

Other notable mentions are:

– The imminent downfall of the worldwide economy… arf!!!…
– Discovering Richard Linklater‘Waking Life’ and ‘A Scanner Darkly’, in particular…
Sparks‘Exotic Creatures Of The Deep’
Elbow winning the Mercury Music Prize (brought a wee tear to the eye!)
Obama winning the election (hell, yeah)…
RTX finally touring the UK properly…
Wild Beasts‘Limbo, Panto’
The Levellers 20th Anniversary show at The Royal Albert Hall, London (great gig – insane evening all round)
– The first ‘At Home By The Sea’ Festival in Brighton (great line-up…bring on next year)
– People finally waking up to the magnificent genius of Of Montreal, even though Skeletal Lamping kinda sucked…
– Playing Summercase Festival w/ Brakes and witnessing the full force of Grinderman on the main stage…
Blondie at the same festival…
Cornelius at the same festival…
The Week That Was…………. THE WEEK THAT WAS!!!!!!!!!!!

……and that’s about it!