Tom Thacker (musician)

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Tom Thacker
SUM 41 Moscow 11.09.2010 5.jpg
Thacker performing with Sum 41 in 2010
Background information
Birth name Thomas Arnold Thacker
Also known as Brown Tom
Born (1974-04-11) April 11, 1974 (age 42)
Langley, BC, Canada
Genres Pop punk, punk rock, alternative rock, hard rock, melodic hardcore
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Labels Aquarius
Associated acts Gob, Sum 41, Treble Charger, The McRackins
Notable instruments
Gibson Les Paul

Thomas Arnold "Tom" Thacker (born April 11, 1974[1]) is the lead guitarist, lead singer and co-founder for Canadian punk rock group Gob, as well as a producer. Thacker formed Gob with Theo Goutzinakis in 1993. After already being a touring member of Sum 41 since 2006, Thacker became the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist for the band in 2009 and is currently serving as both the co-lead and co-rhythm guitarist since Dave Baksh returned to the band in 2015.

Thacker was born in Langley, BC, Canada. He is a vegetarian and has been in films Going the Distance and Sharp as Marbles.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Gob (1993–present)[edit]

Thacker is one of the vocalists and guitarists in the punk rock band Gob. He formed the band with Theo Goutzinakis, Wolfman Pat Integrity on drums, and Kelly Macaulay on bass. They released their self-titled EP in 1994. Since signing a deal with Nettwerk and EMI, the band has released six studio albums. The current bassist and drummer, Steven Fairweather and Gabe Mantle, joined the band after the band went through several other bassists.

Sum 41 (2006–present)[edit]

In late 2006, Thacker joined Sum 41 as touring guitarist, replacing former guitarist Dave Baksh. He also plays keyboards for Sum 41, and provides backing vocals.

On June 26, 2009, in a special chat taking place on the website AbsolutePunk.net, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley made it clear that Thacker was now an official member of the band and not just a touring member.[3] On July 20, 2009, Steve Jocz of Sum 41 stated on the band's official website that the band finished all their tour dates for 2009 and confirmed that Thacker will be appearing on the upcoming Sum 41 album.[4]

Thacker has said many times that he wrote a track by the name of "Panic Attack" for Sum 41's album Screaming Bloody Murder. Since then, the track has been remade, re-arranged and renamed "Screaming Bloody Murder" by frontman Deryck Whibley. It was released as the first single off the album with the same name, on February 8, 2011. Even though it was confirmed that Thacker will be recording guitars for Screaming Bloody Murder, he eventually said that Whibley has recorded all the guitars by himself, and that he had no input in the recording, except the pre-production for the album.

Since Baksh returned to Sum 41 in 2015, Thacker has remained in the group, making the band a five piece.

Other musical projects[edit]

Under the name Tommy, Tom Thacker played drums in the Canadian pop punk The McRackins for their 1995 album What Came First?. He returned again to play on their 1999 release Comicbooks and Bubblegum.

On September 2, 2011, in an interview with Todd Morse of The Operation M.D., he said that the band plans to go on their first ever European tour in December, with possibly Tom Thacker playing lead guitar. Matt Brann is rumored to join the touring line-up on drums.[5] In an interview with Thacker, he has confirmed that he was the one to suggest Cone and Todd to tour with the Operation M.D. in the winter, after Sum 41 cancelled all their tour dates for the rest of 2011.[6]

In 2013 Thacker played 2 shows with The Offspring filling in for Todd Morse.


Discography[edit]

Gob[edit]

Sum 41[edit]

Others[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://noisey.vice.com/en_ca/blog/tom-thacker-of-gob-and-sum-41-interview
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090414071938/http://www.orlandofloridaguide.com/entertainment/music/bands/gob/interview.htm. Archived from the original on April 14, 2009. Retrieved October 21, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090429034506/http://theresnosolution.com/en/. Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Island | Island Def Jam". Islandrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Operation MD France - Interview de Todd Morse à Paris". YouTube. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 
  6. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120402045705/http://theresnosolution.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14386&view=unread. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links[edit]

Guitarist for Sum 41
since 2007