Infobox musical artist
Name = Tommy Walter
Img_size = 150
Background = group_or_band
Los Angeles, United States
Alternative rock, Indie rock
Years_active = 2001–present
Extasy Records, Universal Records
Associated_acts = Abandoned Pools
Glacier Hiking Oliver the Penguin
URL = [http://www.myspace.com/abandonedpools Abandoned Pools' Myspace]
Tommy Walter (born
October 30, 1970in Pasadena, California), is an American musicianand songwriter, best known for his Alternative rockband, Abandoned Pools, as well as being the former bassist and one of the founding members of Eels.
Early Years and the Eels
Tommy Walter was born in Pasadena, California in 1970 on October 30th. His father was an airplane pilot; his mother a stewardess 20-30 years his father's junior. Tommy's father was 50 when he was born. He grew up in a modest, middle-class household. He began playing bass at a young age, and was formally trained on the french horn in college. He attended the
University of Southern California, followed by Pacific University. He began teaching classical music theory, and worked with local Los Angelos area musicians.
He met with singer-songwriter E, and John "Butch Norton" and officially formed The Eels. Prior to their founding, E had already released two records by himself, under his single-letter pseudonym, and their name was decided upon so that their music would be placed next to E's solo works. However, it was in retrospect that they realized that there were bands that would be placed in between, such as
Their collaborations led to refining songs that E had previously written, as well as creating new material. They released their debut album,
Beautiful Freak, in 1996. However, after a year of touring, Tommy quit the band. In an interview, he stated his dissatisfaction with E's personality, and the loss of the amount of creative input that both Butch and himself had prior to the success of Beautiful Freak.
Soon after, he formed a band called Metromax. They shortly changed their name to Tely, and released an album over the internet. However, the band didn't garner much success, and it soon evolved into Tommy's solo project, Abandoned Pools.
Tommy, using new material, as well as several songs he'd worked on beforehand in both Tely and Metromax, composed, recorded, and released his solo album, "Humanistic", in 2001 on Extasy Records. While being the creative force behind the project, other musicians contributed to the project, such as Angie Hart of
Frente!, who sang backing vocals to "Start Over," "Ruin Your Life," "Sunny Day," and "Seed."
Although a solo project, he recruited a touring band, featuring
Leah Randiand Bryan Head filling out the ranks of bassist and drummer, respectively. They had several successful tours, going across the country and headlining with acts such as Garbage and Lenny Kravitz. They also appeared on Craig Kilbornand two videos, " Mercy Kiss", and " The Remedy", were released. Monster, another video, was composed of shots taken while on touring, but wasn't released for years, via MTV's website.
In 2002 they performed the theme song for the short-lived Teletoon (also broadcast on
MTV) animated series Clone High. Many of their songs can be heard in the background during the show. After Clone High was dropped by MTV, however, the band stopped its touring (largely due to the dissolution of their label, Extasy Records).
Armed to the Teeth (2005-current)
While keeping in touch with his fanbase and caring for his sick cat, Iggy, Tommy began working on material over the next few years, preparing to release another album. After a relationship of his came to a rough conclusion, he was picked up by Universal, and wrote several new songs for his next album, citing his personal life, as well as politics, as his main inspirations.
Teaming up with Bryan Head once more and bringing in guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme, Tommy started work in 2004 to record his next album. In June 2005 they released an EP, consisting of a few songs from the new album along with b-sides and demos, called "
The Reverb EP". This was followed by the full album, Armed to the Teeth, in September 2005
In January 2006, Walter wrote in his online journal that
Universal Recordshad stopped promoting the album. He subsequently quit the label, also noting that Abandoned Pools is once again a one-man project. He also began working with Ross Golanof Ross Golan and Molehead, forming an alternative and electronica duo, called Glacier Hiking, which was signed to Lionsgate Records in early 2008. While working with Ross Golan, Tommy wrote several new songs, promising to Abandoned Pools fans a third album. Glacier Hiking, however, has become his main focus, and he also collaborates with several other artists and friends in the Los Angeles area, such as Charlotte Martinand Graham Colton. He also started another project with Rie Sinclair, called Oliver the Penguin.
* [http://www.abandonedpoolsonline.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.myspace.com/abandonedpools Abandoned Pools on MySpace]
* [http://www.alphalyrics.com/abandoned_pools-a428/index.html Abandoned Pools Lyrics]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgOVZw9JFMY/ The Remedy Video]
NAME = Walter, Tommy
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Pools, Abandoned
SHORT DESCRIPTION = United States
DATE OF BIRTH =
30 October 1970
PLACE OF BIRTH = Pasadena,
California, United States
DATE OF DEATH =
PLACE OF DEATH =
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