GARETH THOMAS

 

GARETH THOMAS


Gareth Thomas is best known for writing the "sure fire pop hits" of Kiwi band Goodshirt.

The Goodshirt single Sophie reached number one on the national singles charts in 2002 while songs Buck It Up and Cement topped the Rock radio network in 2004. Glowing reviews and awards from both mainstream and indie institutions followed, album sales reached gold and platinum and the album was released internationally.

Thomas’s song writing won the band two Tui awards in 2003 Best Single and Best Song Writer. This followed on from a number of industry accolades including two Silver Scroll nominations, Tui awards for Best Artwork and Best Video and a Juice TV Peoples Choice award.

Thomas often records at home, and sometimes in the garden shed. His recordings are typified by Beatle-esque melodies, twisted lyrics and non-conventional instrumentation.

Since Goodshirt’s success he has collaborated with critically acclaimed alt-folk songsmith Steve Abel, contributing piano accordion and poignant "gorgeously sparse" piano textures to his award winning album Little Death (2005) and Flax Happy (2008).

Thomas’s debut solo album Lady Alien was released in 2009 and brims with catchy pop tracks such as Get Along Better and Miss Metabolism amidst more spacious reflective songs like All this andImagination.