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Ages and Imperfection

by Many Headed Monsters

The studio project of singer, songwriter, musician and audio engineer Thom Loftus
Genre: Pop: with Electronic Production
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3. Empty and the Blind
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Album Notes
Performed, recorded and mixed by Thom Loftus. Mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering

contributing musicians:
Clint Bennett - guitar, vocals, additional production
Colin Schlitt - bass
Adam Weissman - drums
Harry Green - vocals
Dan Carr - bass

Many Headed Monsters is the creation of musician, songwriter, and recording engineer Thom Loftus. His debut EP, Ages and Imperfection traces a line of personal history as a writer, performer and recording engineer.

"I think that's kind of what songs are for me... many headed monsters," he says. This EP is a collection of songs both past and present and it's been a long time coming. Thom has been away for a while making peace with his past and exploring other interests. "Stepping out into the light again feels good. I'm excited for the music to come."

Originally based in San Francisco, and now London, Thom was a founding member of San Francisco bands Sweet Virginia and Brando. Sweet Virginia played to packed houses all over SF and toured extensively around the US while Brando eventually released a single nationally on a Columbia subsidiary called Aware Records.

"Looking back on it, we had fun and played some great live shows, but musically, we had a lot of growing up to do. Those were hugely important learning experiences for me, but I always struggled with the aesthetic compromise that comes with being in a band. I found I was often trying to be what someone else wanted me to be and I didn't really identify with the sound we were making." Ultimately, he says it was hard to walk away. "People were coming to see us in droves and it was amazing. I didn't want to part with my friends and give that up. I do sometimes wonder what might have been had I had the courage of my convictions back then and tried to go it alone."

So why take that chance now? "Honestly, having nothing to lose is great! It's incredibly freeing. It's allows you to take your time and do whatever you want. It's much easier to collaborate with friends but remain the sole arbiter of what gets released."

When the band called it quits, Thom went on to make a formal study of audio production, figuring that the next logical step would be engineering and mixing. When renowned producer Joe Chiccarelli came to give a talk at school, Thom’s inner songwriter took a chance and he handed Joe a demo. "I'd gone off to Berlin to explore a possible internship with a composer who liked my work and when I returned, I had an email from Joe. He liked what I was doing and asked if he could shop it around a bit. I was obviously flattered, but it was also a vindication of sorts. I knew that I had some talent and that people who knew talent could hear it."

Alas, it was to be another near miss. "Joe called and basically said, everyone likes it, but nobody hears a single. I'd heard that so many times at that point, I decided to just focus on the studio." Several years of work on a number of independent music and film projects led to an opportunity to join Digidesign, the creators of Pro Tools. Thom worked there for 7 years, contributing to Pro Tools releases 6.4 to 9.0.

"All of my formative studio experience as a teenager was with tape machines before computers became ubiquitous in the studio. In school, and as a working engineer, I got to see Pro Tools really come of age. By the time I got to Digidesign, the technology was just nuts. Everyone working there was a musician, all of them fascinated with music making and production. Some of the loveliest and most inspiring people I've ever had the pleasure to work with and learn from. It left me with such a deep appreciation for the art and the science of it all."

These days, Thom strikes the figure of a contented man rediscovering his muse. Ask him about the meaning or intent of the songs on Ages and Imperfection and he is decidedly ambivalent. "Music is so deeply personal. I'd much prefer to let it speak for itself. I just want to keep exploring and trying things. I’ll find my audience one way or another.”

Here’s to the many headed monsters yet to come...



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Eleventh Avenue and Irving

Two rooms Diwn
It is clear that Mr. Loftus and his excellent crew have woven a clean, crafted, and, at times, compelling work. I hear in the fabric of the songs bands as diversified as The War on Drugs and LCD Sound System. Going back to the Brando days, I hear the heavy echoes of Radio Head. Still, if one were to journey back to the mid 90s, the thinnest genetic predisposition of long gone years is still deeply embedded in the DNA. It is a commendable effort that needs, going forward, to transform into its own clear voice. I know Tom has it in him. Once upon a time, I was fortunate enough to see his skills play out in real time.