Review: Tom’s Story by Tom’s Story

Tom's Story by Tom's StoryTwo things struck me when I first saw (and, since I don’t have tabs on local music, heard) Tom’s Story. One, they’re really good live: there’s a musicality and tightness that their recorded songs don’t do justice, and watching them do it is electric, despite (or because of) the lack of vocals. Two, watching them live feels like you’re joining – or intruding into – an exclusive club, because post-rock has always been a hard genre to penetrate for the casual listener. I had those in mind when I finally got to listen to the band’s debut record, which is playful and, well, tight – although, again, you lose something in the recorded setting. It’s the sort of record you can’t listen to while doing something else, though. You need a really good set of headphones (I don’t) and solo time in a spacious room. Tom’s Story takes its time, revisiting themes with increasing intensity as the record plays on, until everything blurs into this one thing. That might have diluted the climax, though – that would be crowd favorite “Mugatu”, the one song with voices. Or, again, maybe it’s because I’m just listening to it on earphones. I swear, when I saw that live, even if I was new to them, and even if it really felt like I was just pretending to know, I could not help but say “hey!” along. [NB] | 3/5

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