Born in the Bristol and growing up Portishead, Thom Parsons is an Actor and Songwriter.
Most recently Thom appeared in David Bowies final work LAZARUS at the Kings Cross Theatre in the heart of the capital. Alongside his acting career, Thom and his band have been performing in and around London, cleaning and polishing an exciting live performance.
Having been a part of various bands whilst at high school Parsons was faced with a choice of following music or acting. It transpired that he would move to London at 18 to study acting and would graduate from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Following graduation Parsons has travelled the world, performing in a number shows including the international arena tour of Jesus Christ superstar alongside Mel C, Tim Minchin and Chris Moyles.
Working with Drummer /Producer Niall Woods [Mute Records, EMI, Sony, Polly Scattergood, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Codes, Koukie Inner City Pirates, BBC, etc] Parsons’ is penning songs that have grown from demos written at home to full production numbers ready for an album release.
The pair started working together when they met working on Once the Musical [1 Grammy Award, 8 Tony Awards] in Dublin. Parsons approached Woods hoping to record some ideas at his Porchlight Studios Dublin and it quickly became apparent that both Parsons and Woods shared musical tastes and the recording of initial ideas soon turned into recording Parsons’ first release, Infamy.
The Infamy EP was recorded in part at various studios. Strings on “Kings, Saints and Scoundrels” Bakehouse Studios in Melbourne, Drums and Electric Guitar in Porchlight Studios Dublin, and acoustic instruments and vocals for “Only You” on location with Woods’ portable studio while the pair were working with Once The Musical in Seoul, Korea.
Parsons’ sound has been described as a melting pot of Buckley, Muse, Incubus and Radiohead with big drums, big guitars and evocative vocals being the back bone of all of his work. Parsons’ is keen to write POP hooks but at the same time, through a strong lyrical narrative, build the listeners emotional connection to his music.
The production of songs has been consistent through INFAMY and the upcoming YOU MADE YOUR BED. Initially Parsons’ records demos of songs using sequenced drums before moving to work with Woods at his studio in Dublin. The pair then refine the songs and re-record with Woods on drums and Parsons handling guitars, bass, piano and vocals. Additional instrumentation such as stings are then added to add a more dynamics.
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