Tom Pained-Music That Matters!
While the world reels and careens far away from the tact it should have, Tom Pained stands askance, modern Alt-Rock sometimes Hip-Hop artist looking towards the heavens for the enlightenment overdue. Absorbing and filtering all he/we see into melodies and rhythms of our days mutual and apart, trying to paint clearly with poetry and gall, he calls it how he views it from his hopefully objective perch above the fray.
With no certain musical age his master, like an alchemist he seeks to blend the notes of decades and the grime of the times into aural gold that will last long after his bucket’s been kicked. No mean trick it is to admit but with eyes on this prize he aims to rise to the occasion, for your pleasure and fancy, not to mention intellect and dancing as the ship is going down. Smiling from his life’s boat where muzak’s in the brig, he’s dedicated to sailing you through the straits of life public and his own, hoping that in the end you’ll see exactly what’s in his heart, on his mind in these days that just don’t seem to rhyme.
Influenced mainly by such bands as Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Led Zeppelin, Van Morriison, Stone Temple Pilots, Stevie Winwood, The Stranglers, Graham Parker, as well as Hip-Hop and Rap, Tom thrives on variety of style more than a consistent sound; his voice is the constant recognizable thread running through all he creates. This can be heard in his debut effort, the "concept" album "States" (below), which explores the various "states" of all our existences, "From love to hate/and all in between/A gamut of emotions/Through body and soul/A raging stream", and also on his newest recording "Spectrum".
A clue to where Tom Pained is always coming from is the writings of Thomas Paine, that great American patriot whose book, "Common Sense", basically ignited the American Revolution,. He once said, "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion", a primary tenet of the concept of Democracy that so many countries aspire and have aspired to but seem to be forgetting fast. The good man would be pained today to see how things stand. But along with this influence in Tom Pained's mind eternally blazes some Rock philosophy once uttered by The Who's Pete Townshend: "Rock and Roll is always prepared to offer itself up as the tinder wood to the fire that will help burn away all the crap in this world." This is a driving force of Tom's compositions, lyrics especially.These ideas fuel Tom's artistic "fire" that hopes to at least get people to think about how they might "burn away all the crap in this world".
However, don't be put off by all this seriousness; May you dance while thinking about Tom's message, and in the essence of his songs perhaps find some refuge from the storms, and courage to go on.
Below are previews of all his songs from "States" and his very recent 2021 release "Spectrum". You can buy songs for $0.75 and the whole album for $8.00, cheaper than the purchase price for music on iTunes and Amazon Music, and the rest of the Streaming Mafia. One song, however, "Blue of Time" can be heard in its entirety because it's a very special tune: it was concieved at Bron-y-aur Cottage in Wales, England, which Tom visted in 2015. The cottage is renowned to Led Zeppelin fans because it is the spot where the band wrote all of the acoustic songs for its 3rd and some from the 4th album, including "Stairway to Heaven".
There are also links for the lyrics and song information. All artwork can be enlarged with a simple click of the mouse. May you enjoy!
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"STATES" - A "Concept" Album
Released on New Year's Day 2020, Tom Pained's debut effort is "States", a "concept"album that explores the various meanings of the word "States", and their manifestations in all of our lives. As one part of the short, poetic title track puts it:
From love to hate
And all in between
A gamut of emotions
Through body and soul
A raging stream"
Employing an array of instruments, the songs have various genres, from straight ahead Rock to Pop to folk to eclectic to Hip-Hop and much in between. Tom Pained is an artist for today's world who is talking about the times we now live in, and will live in. His songs proffer alternative visions, well- deserved critiques, philosophical meditations, and above all, a desire to respect all views of the world, so long as their guided by a sense of decency and providence. He is not angry, just ready for change for the good of all.
Produced by Tom Pained.
Recorded at Apollo Recording Studios, North Bergen, N.J.
CD Artwork done by Bulat Beksultanov
Song Artwork done by Tom Pained
All instruments and drums/drum programming played and done by Tom Pained, except:
"Backlash": Drums - Sebastian Schmidt, Bass - Stephan Frei; "Alternative Facts": Swiss Oergili (Accordion) - Dominik Flueckiger, Fiddle - Eve Wey; "Tell Me 'bout Your God": Electric piano - John Bauers; "What I Hate Is Hate": Clavinet - John Bauers; "Elections", "We Cannot Return", and "Blue of Time": Violin - Barbara Wilde; "Love, Come & Walk with Me": Violin - Barbara Wilde, Piano & backing vocals - Steve Loesche; "2045": Drums - Joe Reina; "Well Done": Rhythm guitar, drum programming & bass - Sean O'Gara
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What I Hate Is Hate
Elections & The Times They Are a-Changin'
Tell Me 'bout Your God
Love, Come & Walk with Me
Blue of Time
Rocks & Gravel
The Second Album
Released on August 22, 2021, "Spectrum" is just that - 17 songs displaying a vast pallete of styles. From straight-ahead, modern, and folk Rock to ballads , folk, and pure Pop to Eclectic, Funk and even Ska, it is an effort that prides itself on variety instead of a consistent style and genre. But what does not vary is Tom's always identifiable voice.
Recorded over a 9 month period in 2020 and 2021, there are also a rainbow of souls who contribute to the songwriting and playing, adding even more hues to these musical statements.
Produced by Tom Pained. Recorded at Apollo Recording Studios, North Bergen, New Jersey
CD & Song Artwork by Tom Pained
All vocals, instruments, drums/drum programming by Tom Pained, except:
"How in the World Would I Know" & "Whatchya Gonna Do for Me?" - Joe Reina, Bass & Backing vocal - Sean O' Gara, Electric Guitar & Backing Vocal - Charles Dzugan; "Rule of the Hammer": Acoustic Guitars, Bass & Drum Programming- S. O'Gara, Piano - "Rave", Backing vocals: S. O' Gara,C. Dzugan, Pained; "Roxanne": Piano - Steve Loesche; "I Wish It Was": Acoustic & Slide Guitar, Bass - S. O'Gara, Drums - Frank Giannini, Piano - Andrew Wyatt; "Still Got Hope": Bass - Stephan Frei, Fiddle - David Rimelis, Drums - Sebastian Schmidt; "Why Do I?": Bass - S. Frei, Drums - S. Schmidt; "Shapes of Things": Violin - David Rimelis; "Dear Mom": Drums - J. Reina, Guitars & Bass - S. O' Gara; "Soldier": Drums - J. Reina;; "Star of Bethlehem": All Instruments - C. Dzugan; "On the Line": Guitar - S. O'Gara, Sax - Tony Salumbene, Drums - J. Reina, Piano - Andrew Wyatt; "Stavin' Off the World (Again): Lead Guitar - Ricki Koechli, Drums - J. Reina
All songs written by Tom Pained, except:
"Whatchya Gonna Do for Me?": C. Dzugan/S. O'Gara/J. Reina/Pained; "Rule of the Hammer": S. O'Gara; "Roxanne": The Police; "Shapes of Things": The Yardbirds; "Dear Mom": Ed Horton/S. O'Gara/J. Reina/Pained; "Soldier": E. Horton/C. Dzugan/J. Reina/Pained; "Summer Soldiers & Sunshine Patriots": Lyrics: Steve Loesche, Music: Pained; "Star of Bethlehem": Music: C. Dzugan, Lyrics: Pained