Dear Boy / Live At Clouds Hill


It is one of those nights in a pub; open mic-session, having a few pints and Tom meets Evan Beltran who is causing a stir as The Strangest. Being on the same wavelength doesn't even closely describe what happens next because both of them are the perfect match. They share the same heroes from the cultural history and they have the same ambitions. The Mexican guitarist and the half British/half German songwriter decide to join forces that same night. Suddenly, it all falls into place: Tom has the songs, Evan the drive to complete them. Together, they push each other to higher levels. Good songwriting, attitude and rough guitar sounds make their live performance stand out. Along with their band they play handmade rock n' roll, following the path of Oasis, The Libertines, and The Clash. Together, they have now recorded their debut album at the Clouds Hill Recordings studio in Hamburg, where also Peter Doherty once recorded, a huge inspiration for Tom from the very first beginning on. The bandwidth of the debut goes over snotty rock n' roll anthems like "2 Fingers Up" or "Emergency Call", to more serious tones as in "Know It All", the last single. On this double-LP, the debut Dear Boy is here together with the live album Live At Clouds Hill. The live album captures wonderfully the thrilling live qualities of the band. The live version of "Sing A Song" will be released digitally upfront. Tom Allan & The Strangest, the future of rock n' roll? Who knows? And most of all who cares? What is sure is that -- Tom Allan and Evan Beltran -- want to bring back honest energy, melodious hook lines wrapped up with rough guitar sounds, melancholy and most of all attitude to the pop world. Two highly talented young musicians and lyricists who can take the best from the recent history of music and modernize it and transport it to the present age. Until now, this is the last chapter of this romantic story and one hopes it is going to continue forever, as with all good stories.