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by Tom Gould

A rockin' collection of thoughtful music meant to be played loud to fully enjoy the dynamics of a three piece band.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Believer
3:50 $0.99
2. Pedal to the Metal
3:30 $0.99
3. You Wouldn’t Take It
2:51 $0.99
4. Coplas (Re-Amped)
4:26 $0.99
5. Everybody Everybody
3:32 $0.99
6. Listen to the Engines
2:22 $0.99
7. She Can She Can
2:11 $0.99
8. Come Back Moon
3:38 $0.99
9. The Last Dime
4:47 $0.99
10. Edge of the World
5:23 $0.99
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“In a slightly better world, everyone would play in a band. In a much, much better world, we would all sound like Tom Gould. The group brings energy, skill and humor to almost every style they attempt. It's the kind of band you always hope is playing down at the local tavern on Saturday nights.”
Jennifer Kelly Splendid E-zine

“Tom Gould's songs often have an indefinable quality. A very dynamic live act as well. Expect a wide range of emotions and rhythms to flood from the stage.” SAM ASH website

"Music for all times and all countries." Dragan Stajic - The "Balkan"(Yugoslavia's national newspaper)

“Gould's songwriting has grown better and better, and his band seems to be able to reinvent itself with every new record.” Kevin Amorim - New York Newsday

"Tom Gould turns music into an idiosyncratic mélange fit for the edgiest downtown club." Joshua Tanzer - offoffoff.com

"Smart, seductive songs in the best possible light" Aiding and Abetting E-zine

"Smokey gruff cool...swaggering” Mike Breen - Cincinnati City Beat

“Intoxicating vibe. The grooves are undeniably infectious, while Gould's lyrics have an escapist quality.” Ian D'Giff - New York Newsday

“As always, regardless of the players, vintage or source of the material, you'll find Tom Gould and his friends having fun playing music, and as always, you'll have fun listening to it.” Shaun Dale - Cosmic Debris E-zine



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Freddy Celis

Tom Gould is a highly diversified talented composer..
Dat Tom Gould een Amerikaanse zanger en songschrijver was, dat wisten we al een tijdje van toen zijn naam opdook als frontman en componist van ‘The Bossa Nova Beatniks’. Dat is een sinds 1992 opgerichte rockkwartet uit New York City dat vooral mikt op humoristische songteksten die op swingende rockmelodieën worden gezongen. Tom Gould is de zanger en bassist, Jerry Dugger de leadgitarist, Tim Stapelton de pianist en George Vahamonde de drummer van die band.
Van ‘The Bossa Nova Beatniks’ zijn hier in de voorbije jaren al een aantal albums gepasseerd, maar nu kregen we voor het eerst een soloplaat van Tom Gould toegestuurd. Op het album “Distractions” brengt hij tien nummers waar hijzelf van vindt dat ze niet direct geschikt waren voor een nieuwe plaat van ‘The Bossa Nova Beatniks”.
De opname van deze nummers gebeurde met de hulp van Ron Rahilly op gitaar en ‘BNB’-drummer George Vahamonde, terwijl Tom Gould zingt en op basgitaar speelt. Het dynamische trio worstelt zich probleemloos doorheen nummers als “Believer”, het swingende “Pedal To The Metal” en het naar hard rock en metal neigende “You Wouldn’t Take It”.
Een korte rustpauze wordt ingelast via de song “Coplas (Re-Amped)” waarin de klanken van een bluesgitaar dominant aanwezig zijn. De catchy ‘grooves’ vormen de basis van “Everybody Everybody” dat ook stevig en luid klinkt. ”Listen To The Engines” is dan weer een zachtjes voortkabbelende ballad die het sterk gediversifieerde componeertalent van Tom Gould nog maar eens bewijst.
Maar rock’n’rollen blijft toch het voornaamste levensmotto van deze muzikant en dus kunnen alle spieren nog eens losgegooid worden in “She Can She Can”. Daarna volgen met “Come Back Moon”, “The Last Dime” en “Edge Of The World” twee meer op blues geïnspireerde nummers, met tussendoor ook nog “The Last Dime” dat qua intro een beetje aansluit bij het van Elvis Presley gekende “One Night”.
Dat Tom Gould verkoos om deze nummers op een soloalbum te plaatsen en niet op een nieuwe cd van ‘The Bossa Nova Beatniks’ kunnen we na een intensieve beluistering van “Distractions” helemaal begrijpen. Maar we hopen toch dat hij in de nabije toekomst weer terug naar zijn trouwe vrienden van de band terugkeert, want zo horen we hem nu éénmaal het liefst aan het werk..
That Tom Gould, was an American singer and song writer, we knew for a while when his name popped up as front-man and composer of ' The Bossa Nova Beatniks '. That's a rock Quartet from New York City since 1992 that focuses on humorous lyrics sung to swinging rock melodies. Tom Gould is the lead singer and bass player, Jerry Dugger the lead guitar, Tim Stapleton the percussionist and George Vahamonde the drummer of the band.
"The Bossa Nova Beatniks" have sent a number of albums in the past few years, but now we were sent the first solo album by Tom Gould. On the album "Distractions" he brings ten songs that he thinks were not immediately suitable for a new album of The Bossa Nova Beatniks.
The inclusion of these numbers was done with the help of Ron Rahilly on guitar and ' BNB'-drummer George Vahamonde, while Tom Gould sings and plays bass guitar. The dynamic trio’s struggles are trouble free through songs like "Believer", the swinging "Pedal to the Metal" and the hard rock and metal-prone "You Wouldn't Take It".
A short rest break is inserted through the song "Coplas (Re-Amped)" in which the blues guitar sounds are dominant. Catchy 'grooves' form the basis of 'Everybody Everybody' that sounds solid and loud. "Listen to the Engines" is a gently rippling ballad that proves Tom Gould is a highly diversified talented composer.
But Rock 'n' Roll remains the most important life motto of this musician and so all muscles can be discarded in "She Can She Can". Then comes "Come Back Moon", "The Last Dime" and "Edge of the World" blues-inspired songs, including "The Last Dime", whose intro is a bit in line with Elvis Presley's famous "One Night".
That Tom Gould chose these songs on a solo album, and not on a new cd of ' The Bossa Nova Beatniks ' we can after an intense listening of "Distractions" quite understand. But we hope that he will return to his loyal friends back in the near future, for this is how we really want to work.

Vicente Zúmel of LA HORA DEL BLUES

This recording will fulfil your expectations and guarantee a more than a complet
For more than thirty years, bass `player Tom Gould and drummer George Vahamonde have worked together and shared their love for music.. During all these years George always said he was not really enthusiastic about recording with click track, as Tom’s songs demanded. After so many years together, finally Tom decided to satisfy his friend and record an album without click track and come back again to the simplicity and rock and rock and roll roots. Both musicians spent a month selecting the songs and when they had already chosen them, they forwarded them to guitar player Ron Rahilly who, after listening to them at home, came to the studio and felt immediately integrated in the sound and the spirit that the other two musicians wanted to capture. As it could not be otherwise, the album was recorded live with no click track, overdubs or alternate takes. The result was so gratifying for the musicians that Tom decided to bet on this album and give it the widest promotion he could. Ten personal tracks complete the album entitled "Distractions". To all those who like not only indie music but also hardcore and alternative music based on blues, rock and roll and garage, be sure this recording will fulfil your expectations and guarantee a more than a complete satisfaction.

Fred Byrnes

Another work of musical art...
Distractions - Singer-songwriter Tom Gould of Long Island, New York delivers with his latest album; another work of musical art.
His song “Pedal to the Metal,” pure rock and roll which sounds like the heyday of pure rock and roll: Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent, Little Richard, early Elvis.
“Coplas (re-amped),” spooky Jim Morrison like composition with a whining guitar as played bt The Doors’ Robby Krieger. Guitarist Ron Rahilly does his job well.
“Everybody Everybody,” a tune caught between the Beatles’ White Album and The Sex Pistols. The drumming, guitar, and bass produce what can only be described as an unforgettable experience.
Agree or disagree on “The Last Dime’s” cry for love on how a young Sinatra could slide into the lyrics. For this cry for love, the vocal belongs to Tom Gould, who has never been in finer voice.
“She Can She Can,” another rock and roller with a fantastic drum beat by George Vahamonde and more fine guitar work by Ron Rahilly.
Yes, there are musical influences here in all ten songs of Distractions as any great must be influenced by great musicians; yet will have you listening to Distractions over and over because Tom Gould is one talented, singer-songwriter.
In what’s passing as music these days in the mainstream, the world of music should be thankful for the Tom Goulds.

A review written by Fred Byrnes.
Mr. Byrnes is a Poet who has been published in many books including “No Name on that Fastball,” “In Their Shadow; Boxing Poems,” and many more…