Hot Pursuit Of Happiness

Now out on Personal Archive Records!

Thollem created HPOH as a vehicle for his solo rendition of songs from his bands and projects like Tsigoti, Hand To Man Band and Thollem/Kaufman, as well as shiny new songs he’s probably writing today. This Day’s Called Tuesday was released as the first HPOH album on Personal Archives Records last fall. Thollem will be touring HPOH in Europe this Spring and onwards from there, both solo and in duos with various drummers along his travels.
This is Thollem as a singer-songwriter, live beat maker and producer all rolled up into one. These original songs, recorded and performed in real time, include layers of sounds that Thollem manipulates in thrilling and unexpected ways to accompany his vocals that “knot together philosophical koans about the nature of existence.” – Iggy Pot, LiveEye TV.

Though Thollem’s been inspired and influenced by many artists and music over the years, some of the references others have mentioned in response to the first HPOH album include Stereolab, Bauhaus, Tom Waits, Liars, Red Krayola, Richard Youngs, Larry Young, Alan Silva, Scott Walker, Depeche Mode, Nick Cave, Tom Tom Club, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Leonard Cohen, Aphex Twin, Arthur Russell, David Sylvian and Pere Ubu.

“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist”
– TimeOut, New York

Interview for This Day’s Called Tuesday with Walt Misterg Gnu on Green Arrow Radio: “this is a special release that has many parts to its whole – many times over. It has a bit of it all for you…and WE.”

“With Thollem everything is always on the table. HPOH sees him turning singer/songwriter in the broadest sense of the term.”
– Brad Rose, Foxy Digitalis

“The state of Democracy takes center stage. Thollem’s music, a seamless mix of the blues, jazz, protest music, punk rock, and now pop, as he knots together philosophical koans about the nature of existence.”
– Iggy Pot, LiveEye TV

“Thollem might be a musician, or
he might be some kind of wizard scientist…”
– The Denver Westword

“This album is DOPE.
For a bit I even forgot what I was listening to in the van. I thought it was KAOS radio. ‘I wanna meet this DJ.’  Not at all what I expected (except I guess I was expecting the unexpected).”
– Markly Morrison, Low Profile Podcast

Next HPOH Show

Feb. 21st (Tucson, AZ) – Hotel Congress for the Peaceful Skies Benefit Concerts
with Brian McOmber, plus Unwound and Quasi
May 6th (Livorno, IT) – Teatro Refugio

for European booking inquiries:
all other bookings: