Thomas Nicholas Band - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview musician/actor Thomas Nicholas of Thomas Nicholas Band. We discussed the writing process for new song “Tomorrow’s Gonna Hurt”, performing at When We Were Young Festival, musical influences, the early 2000s music era, meeting blink-182 on the ‘American Pie’ set, what’s coming up next, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview.

You’re very welcome. Thanks for interviewing me!


You recently released your new song “Tomorrow’s Gonna Hurt”. Can you tell me about writing the song?

I wrote the song with Taylor Carroll (LIT / Kemikalfire) who’s producing my 7th album. On the surface the song is simply the self-awareness that going out to have a too good of a time has repercussions. At a deeper level it’s about the willingness to have some fun with your friends despite what’s going on in your life.


I think it’s probably my favorite song of yours so far. It has an anthemic feel that I really like. What did you want to accomplish with the song sonically?

I think that Taylor has really given me a modern touch while still allowing me to throw a nostalgic nod to the music I grew up listening to. 


Have you been pleased with the response from it so far?

Everyone seems to be digging this tune more than I could have hoped. That’s a really great feeling. 


You recently performed at the When We Were Young Festival, which seemed like an awesome time with iconic bands. What was your experience like during the festival? 

It was a great experience. We even shot some footage at my show which will be in the upcoming music video for Tomorrow’s Gonna Hurt. As far as my experience at the festival, my very first concert ever was seeing the Offspring. So watching them at WWWY made the fest live up to its nostalgic moniker. 


You’re currently working on a new album. What can you tell us about it so far? How far along in the process are you?

We’ve written about half the album so far. Lots of amazing features and surprises are in store. I can’t talk about it all just yet but stay tuned! 


Your music feels current, but there’s also a bit of nostalgia in it. It definitely has an early-mid 2000s pop/punk alternative rock sound. Who are some of your biggest inspirations for your sound?

As a kid I was listening to my mom’s collection of late ’60s and ’70s - Bread, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, the Who. I started playing guitar and writing songs during the grunge era. Major influences were Nirvana, Weezer and Green Day. As I turned the corner into the late ’90s early ’00s I was heavily influenced by Switchfoot and Foo Fighters.


That era of music has been influential to many. The ‘American Pie’ soundtracks were great as well. What were you listening to while filming those first couple ‘American Pie’ films?

During the first American Pie I remember one of the execs giving us all a copy of Dude Ranch … telling us that Blink was gonna be the next Green Day. I of course came to set the day they filmed just so I could meet Mark, Tom and Travis. 


You were featured on one of the soundtracks. Is there any chance that any of your ‘American Pie’ co-stars could guest on a song with you in the future? If so, who do you personally think would give you the best performance? 

I know that Jon Cho had a band for a while called Left of Zed. And Eddie Kaye Thomas was playing guitar for a few years. So they’d be the ones I’d ask. 


I’ve heard you say that you’d be open to filming a new ‘American Pie’ movie. What do you think your character Kevin would be up to these days? 

I have no idea. I leave those kinds of concepts to Adam Herz, the creator and writer. 


Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?


I just wanted to add that sometimes creativity is in line with others. My next single is called “Same Kids” and the day after we wrote it the title track for Blink’s new album dropped a preview on IG… my first thought was that it was so cool that separately we wrote songs that have a similar feeling. 

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