Thomas Kelly (Tired Kid) brings in eras of 70's roots and classic rock and roll influences
and taking that inspiration together with 90s indie rock licks and hooks to provide the listener
with an all around musical experience. Thomas Kelly is inspired by bands such as Neil Young,
authentic interpretation as to what might happen if these bands all met in a room and jammed
“Drifting” is a soft rock track with a hint of indie sound. As the song progresses towards
the climax and bridge, Tired Kid showcases a cool guitar riff. The percussion has a classic
sound to it and most likely will be familiar with the listener. Tired Kid’s vocals are soft but
powerful similar to that of John Mayer. The song tells a story of a friendship drifting apart, we see
this by the verses “I’m trying to talk to you, but you’re drifting away”, letting the listener know
what is occurring in the relationship. The separation of friends is a relatable topic and is
displayed in a beautiful melody in this song. The track is only two minutes and fifty seven
seconds long which will leave you wanting more.
Listen to "Drifting" on Spotify and check out our exclusive interview with Tired Kid below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
Hi everyone, i’m Tom! I’m from Toronto, Ontario. I started playing guitar around the age of 12 through the influence of my cousin and have been playing it ever since (I’m 28 now). In middle school and throughout high school I played double bass in an orchestra and really started learning about classical music. I feel like that influence has been crucial for my own writing and it’s also just a lot of fun to play. It also led me to pick up some piano which has become a great songwriting tool for me. Nowadays, I have my own band and have been really enjoying playing shows around town over the past year!
How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?
The name itself originated years ago when I was thinking about possible band names. I don’t really know how I came up with Tired Kid, I think I used a name that was based on my own initials which are TK and I just liked the sound of that name. It’s also appropriate because I find myself tired and yawning a lot haha. It used to be called Tired Kids but I found Tired kid worked better in the sense that the band itself could vary in numbers, or I can play solo. I’m currently playing as a three piece right now and that seems to work well.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I do write my own music, both lyrics and the actual music itself. My producer and pal Aaron Goldstein has really helped me shape these songs into what they sound like today in terms of sound quality, arrangement, emphasis, layering, all that good stuff and more. For me when it comes to writing though, I tend to come up music first and lyrics come second. I find music lines come a lot more naturally for me. The lyrics are secondary, so sometimes just meshing lines that sound good to me with some nice imagery attached ;)
We’re really into your new song "Drifting"! Can you tell us a bit about it?
Thanks! I recorded this EP last year with Aaron which consisted of 4 songs and Drifting was probably the one that stuck out the most for me in terms of its style. I don’t typically like talking about lyric origins or meaning or 'what was going on at that time’ but let’s just say I like the imagery associated with drifting, floating, flying maybe, Including the word itself, and maybe we all know people who drift around in life. The initial guitar tune just came to me when I was walking to go get coffee which is something I often do in the city. Coffee often sparks inspiration for me. I also love bands that have that kind of shoe gaze/glittery guitar sound that kind of propels a song forward. Lots of reverb, lots of dreamy feels :)
What’s next for Tired Kid?
Next step is getting more shows under my belt, more recording, and maybe a little tour down the road! I love the idea of travelling around and giving people something that they may have never heard before and might be into. Always of course open to other opportunities that might present themselves along the road!
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