Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas is best known for writing the "sure fire pop hits" of New Zealand band "Goodshirt". .. ..He has also worked with a range of recording artists including Bic Runga, Golden Horse, Future Cut, Sarah Brown, Steve Abel and Dave Yetton. .. ..The Goodshirt single "Sophie" reached number one on the national singles charts in 2002 while songs "Buck it up" and "Cement" topped the Rock radio network in 2004. Glowing reviews and awards from both mainstream and indie institutions followed, album sales reached gold and platinum and the album was released internationally… ..Thomas’s song writing won the Band two Tui awards in 2003 "Best single" and "Best Song Writer". This followed on from a number of industry accolades including two Silver Scroll nominations, Tui awards for "Best Artwork" and "Best Video" and a Juice TV "Peoples Choice" award… ..Although commercially successful the music of Gareth Thomas sits naturally left-of-centre. .. .."a love for a well-turned hook of lateral minded lyric" Russel Baillie New Zealand herald.. ..Thomas often records at home, and sometimes in the garden shed. His recordings are typified by Beatle-esque melodies, twisted lyrics and non conventional instrumentation. .. .." a heady mix of highly listenable pop-rock." Mel Myres Rolling Stone Australia.. ..The humility and appeal of his songs is such that you can often find them being played on both commercial/mainstream and independent/student radio stations simultaneously… ..Since goodshirt’s success he has collaborated with critically acclaimed alt-folk songsmith "Steve Abel". Thomas contributed beds of "achingly breathy" Piano Accordion, poignant "gorgeously sparse" piano textures and Celtic inspired melodic themes to his award winning album "Little Death" 2005 and "Flax Happy" 2008… ..He has also assisted Kiwi songstress "Sarah Brown" who has a major label release due late 2009 in New Zealand and Australia… ..Thomas has returned from living in the UK and has just recently completed his first solo full length record.