Graham Parker (The Rumour)
This legendary British singer-songwriter, is best known as the lead singer of Graham Parker & The Rumour, and for his energetic performances, which preceded the arrival of punk rock and new wave music. His quirky-blue-collar image is believed to be a major influence on Brit-rockers – notably Elvis Costello, Paul Weller and Joe Jackson.
Parker & The Rumour’s 2015 release, “Mystery Glue” confirms he hasn’t lost his touch as a lyricist.
“…in 2015 he’s the Larry David of rock, a shade bitter but likable and funny to boot, and his backing band the Rumour has aged just as well…” – allmusic.com
DISNEY’S AMERICA at The Falcon (2010):
Featuring Kevin Bents/Keys (Steely Dan, Jewel) and Doug Weiss/Bass and Konrad Meissner/Drums (The Silos, Matt Nathanson)
It’s the effortless ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and mellifluous melodies a natural magic that is the heart of Tom Freund’s music. Though he’s well-schooled and widely-traveled in a variety of genres, Freund is ultimately, a singer-songwriter with his own singularly distinctive and engaging voice.
Freund’s latest disc “Two Moons” on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles-based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today. With his new album, Freund draws on folk, rock, jazz and other roots sources for an urbane Americana sound. Blending woozy mariachi horns and mermaid-evoking backing vocals in and a blast of electric guitar. Inspired by a lot of old Squeeze music, Freund also mixed trippy keyboards and old-school synths to flesh out tracks like “Me and Bernice and “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be.”
“California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skate-boarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons.”
—NPR WEEKEND EDITION
Freund spent the mid-’90s touring with the indie rock cult faves THE SILOS and has been releasing solo albums since 1998. Tom has alternated between recording and touring behind his own discs, playing upright bass, electric bass guitar, and mandolin with the likes of British pub-rock great Graham Parker and rising groove-soul sensation Brett Dennen. You’ll hear him in a couple of tracks on pop star Mandy Moore’s 2007 disc “Wild Hope”, as well.
You can spot Freund playing with Parker and the Rumour in the recent Judd Apatow film, “This Is 40”.
“Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGGO_NYR7Nk
“Next Time Around” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=heLKIrsOKfs
“Me and Bernice” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tHfa0j40Zg
Acoustic Guitar Sessions “Next Time Around” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hepiRlo67Kw