On July 23rd, A. Tom Collins celebrates the national release of their debut full length album, Stick & Poke. The 10-song album was recorded and produced at Absinthe Studio by the legend, the mystery, Bob Ferbache, and A. Tom Collins. It will be released by Greater Than Collective, the non-traditional Denver-based label founded and run by Pete Turner (Illegal Pete’s) and Virgil Dickerson (Suburban Home Records). The band has just returned from a very successful European tour.
A. Tom Collins are an act hard to pigeon-hole, navigating the murky swamps of New Orleans R&B and ’60s Soul, and following the cues of diverse influences from Tom Waits and Cab Calloway, to The Stooges and Sam Cooke. A. Tom Collins drops anchor with an impressive crash at each and every port, transfixing bewildered audiences with its strange brand of old time futurism that is as familiar as it is refreshing. Expect wild horns, surprising rhythms, catchy gang chants, and one hell of a live show led by piano-man Aaron Collins, whom Westword called ‘one of the city’s best front-men.’
In its short history, A. Tom Collins has been a featured headliner the Denver Post Underground Music Showcase in 2011 and 2012, made appearances at SXSW 2011 and 2012, Denver’s Westword Music Showcase (2010/2011/2012), Snowball Music Festival 2012 in Vail, the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, Bohemian Nights Festival in Ft. Collins, and New Belgium’s Tour de Fat . The band will return to Austin in March for SXSW 2013, and begin a month-long European tour in May, with dates in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and France.
Greater Than Collective is the unconventional record label owned by the Colorado restaurant specializing in burritos, beers, and buddies:
Illegal Pete’s. Illegal Pete’s President Pete Turner decided to use the resources from his successful business to sponsor Colorado acts he is passionate about. Created with owner of Suburban Home Records, Virgil Dickerson, Greater Than Collective ignores the lines drawn in the sand that most record labels abide by, and simply helps the artists with anything they might need. Illegal Pete’s also feeds out-of-town bands and artists traveling through Denver and Boulder for free with the Starving Artist Program; artists simply sign up here.
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