Hot Pursuit Of Happiness

On Personal Archive Records

Thollem created HPOH as a vehicle for his songwriting including new songs as well as solo renditions of songs from his bands and projects like Tsigoti, Hand To Man Band and Thollem/Kaufman. He’s just starting on the 2nd HPOH album which is an autobiographical story called Godammit Tommy! About his particular brand of dysfunctional family set against the backdrop of political and cultural events between 1967 and 1994.
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, Radiohead, Tropical Fuck Storm, and Pere Ubu.

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

“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

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