Driven by the simple desire to create music representing the authentic human experience, Ben Thomas weaves together elements of Folk, Indie and Progressive Rock music with an unforgettable sense of melody that leaves the listener hungry for more. After writing and performing his songs in Chicago-area coffeehouses and clubs for nearly 10 years, the 26-year old Thomas has finally released his first full-length studio album, The Recovery.
"I'm thrilled about how it turned out," Thomas explains, "it sort of steps out of the speakers and grabs you. It's definitely got the intensity I was going for when I started the project...some songs are all out loud rock and roll; some are so subdued it's deafening... pretty dynamic."
The Recovery refuses to be categorized. Musically, it is both nostalgic and progressive. Lyrically, it engages the listener in discussions about faith, hope, joy, and the complete lack thereof. It is a 14-song collection that needs to be experienced.
released November 14, 2004
ben thomas: acoustic and electric guitars, bass, piano, ebow, organ, percussion, harmonica, mandolin, synths, noises
brian brennan: drums, drum programming, hammered guitar, kalimba, djembe, radio
lorent meksi: percussion, other percussion, bass
julian prendi: bass
julie wachter: vocals
john dudich: electric guitar
eric jackson: piano, vocals
all songs written and produced by ben thomas
engineering assistance by brian brennan
recorded at the back room studio and the brennan's living room
mixed at the back room studio
mastered at the sound lab at disc makers
design by mike gregg, ben thomas and the design studio at disc makers
photos by ben and justin thomas
Special thanks to Joy, my wonderful and ever growing family, Brian Brennan, John Dudich, Mike Gregg, Eric Jackson, Julie Wachter, Lorent Meksi, Julian Prendi.
In loving memory of George Derpack, who dedicated his life to the Recovery.