Thomas Gardner Jr. | 12:34

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by Thomas Gardner Jr.

Modern singer/songwriter with Laurel Canyon inspired harmony.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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Album Notes
“Ever felt like things in your life are perfect and then the floor drops out from under you in a split second? These songs are a reflection of that feeling” –Thomas Gardner Jr. discussing his new EP “12:34”

Being in a band is hard.

Being in a relationship is even harder.

As members of Fleetwood Mac would tell you, being in a relationship with a member of your band is as hard as it gets.

When both come crashing down, what’s next? That’s what Thomas Gardner Jr. was forced to ask himself when his life was turned upside down in the autumn of 2013. No longer in a romantic or band commitment of any kind, Gardner felt lost yet inspired by the emotions and lyrics that would pour out when he picked up his guitar. A few months of seclusion, self-reflection, writing, and recording followed, and the result was his debut solo EP, titled “12:34”.

The songs are haunting echoes of the loss Gardner felt, and they resonate profoundly. The title of the EP itself is weighted in meaning for Gardner. “12:34 p.m. and a.m. were eerily a part of numerous big and small moments during this past year,” he says, “It felt appropriate to name my album after it.”

While this is his first venture as a solo artist, Gardner has accumulated quite the resume over the past decade. As former singer/guitarist for Rhode Island based Someday Providence, Gardner scored a local radio hit with “Summertime in Rhode Island,” which is still played in regular rotation. That opened doors to share the stage with acts like G-Love & Special Sauce, Guster, and Badfish. His songs have also been placed on MTV shows like “The Hills” and “Next” as well as Comedy Central’s “Workaholics.”

Like many musicians before him, Gardner visited Los Angeles and quickly fell in love with the city. “There was an unexplainable magic I felt the first time I came here,” he says. “My music is inspired by the ‘Laurel Canyon sound,’ so to be where it started is exhilarating for me as an artist. I made the move and never looked back.”

His first Los Angeles musical formation, The Borrower’s Debt, saw an incredibly quick rise through the LA music scene. Within a year, their three-part harmony, combined with Gardner’s songwriting, had caught the attention of many, including famed blogger Perez Hilton. “Love their harmonies!” Perez wrote to his readers. The band opened for legendary group The Monkees at the Greek Theatre, shared the stage with John C. Reilly’s bluegrass band The Get Down Boys, and performed on national TV show AXSLive. However, a crumbled romantic relationship with a fellow band member led to the band breaking up as well.

Gardner says a solo career was not something he ever planned for or even wanted. “This EP came more out of artistic necessity than the inconvenience of not having a band,” he explains. The songs, which he says are the most personal he has ever written, have subjects that range from tiptoeing the cliffs of heartbreak, to the fragility of trust, to the endless maze of lost love.

Gardner’s sound is a unique mix of 1960s-70s Laurel Canyon-folk with a modern singer/songwriter’s sensibilities. Imagine Ryan Adams singing his songs with The Mamas and The Papas as his backing band.

“I’ve never been more proud of any music I’ve made,” Gardner says, “While the journey was difficult, I learned a lot about myself and I grew as an artist in the process. This is not just a new chapter for me; it’s a completely new book. I can’t wait to begin filling in the pages.”




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