Toby Thomas | Bassist of Ame Noire

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24 year old bass player from Esperance WA thats been playing bass for 13 years. Initially inspired but Nu metal bass players like Fieldy from Korn
and Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne. Even so i spent a lot of teen years playing in school Jazz bands that used to compete in the WA Jazz festivals whilst still
playing in a deathcore band called Severtone with some hometown boys. Eventually joining a prog metal band called eyes cast skyward and then
Later relocating to Melbourne to play for a band called Athenas wake.  After 11 years of playing in bands  i finally became a founding member of my
current band Ame Noire and am only looking forward.

WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE EXPECT WHEN THEY COME TO AN AME NOIRE SHOW?

This is a trickier question because theres such a range of things that are going to happen. Theres going to be an onslaught of theatrics and
music thats both hard hitting but is going to to insight a variety of moods and emotions if we manage to do our job right. I think basis of
what to expect to see is 4 guys who expressing themselves in the most raw way we know and i guess i really hope people are able to
experience their own escape along with us for the roughly 30 minutes that we will usually play.

YOU’VE PLAYED IN A LOT OF BANDS OVER THE YEARS, WHAT MAKES AME NOIRE DIFFERENT?

Funnily enough Ame Noire is the first band Ive been a founding member of. Of the variety of bands I’ve played in these are the first guys
that are happy for me to do my thing. Play the way I want to play, write bassline the way i want to with the techniques i prefer and basically
endorse me to be as real to myself as possible. For the most part Ame Noire is a very honest expression of the musicians each of us are.
Which in my experience can sometimes get lost in making music with others

IN THE STUDIO OR ON TOUR?

Gotta be tour. There is no more free feeling than being 100s-1000s kms from home doing the exact thing you love most in the world.
Music is a therapy for most if not all of us and to be in places, seeing faces we’ve never seen enjoying or embracing what were are
doing and what we are about is one of the most gratifying feelings Ive ever experienced.

 

 

YOUV’E HAD A BIG 2018 WITH THE RELEASE OF YOUR FIRST EP
“THE TREE THAT BARES ROTTEN FRUIT” CAN WE EXPECT NEW MUSIC IN 2019?

All i can say is its on its way. We’ve been around most of the country playing tree now and that has just been the
first taste of what we have always had instore. More is on the way this year though at this point i do not have an
inclination on a release date

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT?

Weirdly enough im not currently listen to much heavy at all. I’ve been on a huuge Karnivool binge just because of
the shear genius in that song writing. Other than that I’ve been dabling in a lot of tiny moving parts, Rolo Tomassi,
Deafheaven, Greyhaven and Amigo the Devil. All of which has released some phenomenal pieces
of music overthe last year

YOU’VE TOURED AUSTRALIA PRETTY HARD, IS THERE A TOWN OR VENE THAT STAND OUT? WHY?

This question has popped up a bit in the past and the answer is always Frankies Pizza by the slice in Sydney. There is no where that measures
up to that level pure hospitality, kindness and just general rad vibes. Though the shows we’ve played there have not been huge we have
always had the best vibes from that place.


 

 

FIRST CD?

Back when I was about 10 years old I had been lent a few CDs by my older sisters now ex boyfriend, which included a Karnivool EP and
the first Thrice album but that fella also got me right into Nu Metal, sparking my love for bands like Slipknot, Korn and Mudvayne.
When I finally went and bought my first CD I picked up Slipknots first album. My poor Mother took a little while getting used to
my alarm going off in the morning with (sic) being cranked from my bedroom.

 

YOU’RE GOING ON A PICNIC, WHAT’S IN YOUR BASKET?

Berrl and myself would be chowing down on some smokey Chipotle hommus with some mission chips, Alex would eating a
whole bag of red licorice to himself and i have no doubt Aaron would be enjoying a tupperware container full of slices
oranges and a banana on the side.

WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

As amazing as our release show was having a room full of people chant out lyrics was nothing compared to something from
when i was much younger. My dad used to run a drilling company so we’d often go to long road trips all over WA.
I remember waking up in the truck going down the central highway through the back of the state, the sun was just rising
and beams of light were shooting through the trees. At that moment a huge wedge tail eagle started flying along side the
truck almost close enough for me to reach out and touch it. I remember being in utter awe of this giant bird and how graceful
it was just gliding through the air at nearly 80 to 100kms an hour.

Go check out Ame Noire’s first release here
and make sure to head over to their Instagram and show them some love.
Much love x

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