Thomas White 5 Track EP: Accidentally Like A Martyr

The ‘Accidentally Like A Martyr EP’ is out now

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White’s interpretation of Warren Zevon’s tale of heartbreak, Accidentally Like A Martyr, leads a 5 track digital EP that features his take on artists as diverse as Louis Armstrong and Sparklehorse.

Tracks: Accidentally Like A Martyr Warren Zevon – That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate Mission Of Burma – We Have All The Time In The World Louis Armstrong – Little Fat Baby Sparklehorse – I’ll See You In My Dreams Joe Brown.

Metro “The Electric Soft Parade man offers a gently beautiful cover of the Warren Zevon song – the perfect soundtrack to an old-fashioned odd-couple romance”

More reviews at Drowned In Sound (scroll down) and The 405 who say: “The love Thomas White shows for all these artists and songs shines through – it is a heartfelt tribute to acts that have shaped his life and songwriting. A fascinating collector’s item for his open-minded fans”

Accidentally Like A Martyr Video

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Thomas White – ‘Accidentally Like A Martyr’ EP from (Cooking Vinyl)

Official Video – Directed by Matthew Lawes: watch at vimeo.com

Title track ‘Accidentally Like A Martyr’ is the first of five covers here, and it is about as Button Pushing Charity Single Sung With Loads Of Famous Ones In A Studio Singing With Their Hands On Their Headphones as a thing could be. And if, like me, you have ever stood – thoroughly unembarrassed, epiphanies tumbling into your ears and tears streaming – in front of Spiritualized, I suspect you will adore it too. I mean, it’s easy to get cynical about this sort of thing, but sometimes you just want a grown up song about a hurt that ‘gets worse’ and a heart that ‘gets harder’. You know, instead of all these fizzy pop younglings saying love makes it all better (the lying little sneaks). Basically, a triumph – should you be in the mood for one.

Accidentally Like A Martyr EP review

thefourohfive.com “The love Thomas White shows for all these artists and songs shines through – it is a heartfelt tribute to acts that have shaped his life and songwriting. A fascinating collector’s item for his open-minded fans”

Label: Cooking Vinyl – Release date: 05/07/10 – Links: MyspaceFacebook

The Maximalist is one of this year’s great ‘lost’ albums. It showed Thomas White to be a polymath of musical enthusiasm and wonder, and covered pretty much every genre you can think of. On his tour to promote that album, he dabbled in a few covers including the centrepiece of the album – Warren Zevon’s ‘Accidentally Like A Martyr’, and now he releases this as an EP alongside four other covers of songs by a range of musical legends.

‘Accidentally Like A Martyr’ is not a drastic departure from the stunning original but White does do it justice, his softer and higher but-no-less emotive vocals complementing the more orchestral backing he brings to the fold. The backing vocals in the chorus really add an element of conviction to his take. He doesn’t try to modernise it, and still lets the track tug at the heartstrings as much as Zevon’s did, and the striking guitar solo remains.

The next track on the album is a marked departure as White now goes on to tackle Mission Of Burma’s ‘That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate’. The original was a two-minute blast of in-your-face post-punk and again White takes the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach, just it sounds a tad more progressive and definitely owes a lot to his band The Electric Soft Parade. Or maybe ESP owe a lot to Mission Of Burma. He’s clearly having fun and it’s nice to hear the song being sung rather than screamed, of which there was surely temptation to do.

Everyone knows ‘We Have All The Time In The World’ and it takes a brave man to take on Louis Armstrong, especially in a quirky Badly Drawn Boy-esque fashion… White’s touching tribute to Mark Linkous with ‘Little Fat Baby’, one of his true idols and the frontman of Sparklehorse; understated, melancholic and beautiful but sparingly used piano – in every note he sings you can almost hear White welling up.

The last track on the EP is Isham Jones and The Ray Miller Orchestra’s ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’, a classic used in the film of the same name from the 1920s. White is just the latest in a long line of performers to try his luck on this but his delicate and restrained delivery helps him stamp his own authority although never too forcefully. The love Thomas White shows for all these artists and songs shines through, and on the whole it is a heartfelt tribute to acts that have shaped his life and songwriting. A fascinating collector’s item for his open-minded fans.

Thomas White: 5 track EP, July 5th

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Thomas White announces the release of a new EP available from July 5th. White’s interpretation of Warren Zevon’s tale of heartbreak, Accidentally Like A Martyr, leads a 5 track digital EP that features White’s take on artists as diverse as Louis Armstrong and Sparklehorse. Track listing as follows:

Accidentally Like A Martyr – Warren Zevon
That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate – Mission Of Burma
We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong
Little Fat Baby – Sparklehorse
I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

The highlight for White will be an appearance at this year’s Meltdown on June 12th curated by Richard Thompson. “What an honour to be invited to play. Richard Thompson’s always been one of my favourite guitarists and Fairport Convention’s Liege And Lief remains a groundbreaking classic to this day” says White.

For this special performance White will be adding choir, violin and cornet to his regular line up, beefing up a dazzling stage show that sees him resplendent in a brocade cape and the promise of much glitter. Personally he’s looking forward to catching sets by “absurdly talented” jazz singer Krystle Warren and “one of the most innovative British rock bands working today” Field Music.

Thomas White Video + Audio, March 2010

Guildford Boileroom, 31st March by mattytheduke – Scroll down for recent radio show audio.

Dermot O’Leary, 20th March – Shaun Keaveny stands in: Fan recordings of the songs Thomas covered and the interview: Transcript here

Warren Zevon’s Accidentally Like A MartyrMark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Maria’s Little Elbows

Interview Part OneInterview Part TwoInterview Part Three

XFM Xposure with John Kennedy, 17th March: Fan recordings of just the songs Thomas covered, not the interview (the sound was distorted) Transcript here

Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, Maria’s Little ElbowsGuided by Voices, Game Of Pricks

I’ll See You In My Dreams, from the twenties hit parade

Accidentally Like A Martyr

The Thomas White cover of ‘Accidentally Like A Martyr’ by Warren Zevon was played right at the start of Dermot O’Leary’s show on 23rd Jan. Dermot remembers a 2007 ESP interview: “he went to Chicago on the way to South By Southwest and had lobster while he was there. What possible reason, you’re 2000 miles away from the ocean, no good’s ever going to come from that. So when he got there, bless him he was doing the session and he kept running out to be sick. He was a trooper, like a marine that guy”

Silent To The Dark from that session is on The Saturday Sessions album – some choice dialogue from their interview at the time: Thomas: Is it alright to get a bit of air or something in here? (Dermot in the background: oh my god, of course it’s alright) Thomas: I feel a bit hot. Alex: Take your bloody suit off. Thomas: Let’s just get through it.

There’s a different version of the original Warren Zevon song on youtube

Lyrics to the version Thomas covered:

The phone don’t ring, no no
And the sun refused to shine
Never thought I’d have to pay so dearly
For what was already mine
For such a long, long time

We made mad love
Shadow love
Random love
And abandoned love
Accidentally like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder

The days fly by
Should have done, should have done, we all sigh
Never thought I’d ever be so lonely
For such a long, long time
Time out of mind

We made mad love
Shadow love
Random love
And abandoned love
Accidentally like a martyr
The hurt gets worse and the heart gets harder