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Tommy Rogers (aka Thomas Giles), lead vocalist, keyboardist and founding member of the award-winning North Carolina progressive rock band Between The Buried and Me will release his debut solo album 'Pulse' on February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records. The versatile front man and multi-instrumentalist not only self-produced the record, but also arranged, composed, and played all the instruments on the recording.

Recorded with Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston-Sales, NC, Pulse is a challenging rock record designed so that the parts build up to a larger, cinematic-like structure were everything from production to arrangements to lyrics to album art is carefully crafted towards a unified purpose. Testing the limits of what he can do naturally with his voice, Rogers' strikingly beautiful falsetto and dynamic range conjures tales of anxiety, collapse, end-times, and strength against swelling, heart-lifting arrangements and pristine backdrops of ambient loops, digital burbles, analog hiss, and woozy drones. Exploring combinations of the outré genres of both post-rock and glitch, the music's emotionally resonant yet textural sounds draw reference to artists such as Radiohead, Bjork, the Verve, Beck, Steorolab, and Spiritualized, balancing both rock and electronic impulses.

1. Sleep Shake
2. Reverb Island
3. Mr. Bird
4. Catch & Release
5. Hamilton Anxiety Scale
6. Scared
7. Reject Falicon
8. Medic
9. Suspend the Death Watch
10. Armchair Travel
11. Hypoxia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B004FL9NY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dugan fife on July 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a nice little collection of songs, and there are even a few moments when it borders on Radiohead-like brilliance. Unfortunately, those moments are few and far between, and even when they happen one can't help but think, "this sounds like someone doing a really nice Radiohead impersonation."

NIN is another influence that shows up rather obviously, and the same thing holds true--yeah, it sounds like Rogers doing Reznor at his best, but what did he ADD to the equation to make it his own?

I'm a huge BTBAM fan, and the best thing about this album is Rogers' voice. However, the passion just doesn't seem to be there in his solo effort the way it is for his band.

I'm not sorry I bought this disc, and there are certainly gems. But overall it's unambitious and disappointing.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KB on February 1, 2011
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If you're buying this album expecting to hear anything even vaguely reminiscent of BTBAM, then it's just not for you. Prepare yourself for a thoughtfully constructed exploration of sounds and themes, guided by the brilliant Tommy Rogers. He stays with clean vocals for most of the album and really shows off his impressive vocal range. This is an incredible effort created and recorded by Tommy with the help of BTBAM producer Jamie King. At times, the album is a bit derivative of Trent Reznor, but it never stays there very long. Expect to hear flowing, beautiful movements with heavy synth leads. If you're even the slightest bit a fan of Tommy's vocal work in BTBAM (or the band itself), then you owe it to yourself to give this album a listen: it will definitely surprise you.
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By Cody Kinsey on March 13, 2014
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Amazing stuff. Fans of the melodic attributes of BTBAM will be right at home. Not to mention he's working on a follow-up right now.
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By Steven Houck on December 27, 2012
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Not BTBAM at all but still very enjoyable to listen to. Tommy plays all of the instruments on this album
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