By: Cara Carriveau
Tom Fuller: Abstract Man in a rock & roll band
Chicago-based pop music rocker Tom Fuller may be an Abstract Man, but that doesn’t mean he’s hard to understand. In fact, that precarious balance of the accessible and the esoteric is the very fuel on which his melodic rock music artistic engine runs. Fuller’s second melodic pop rock album, Abstract Man, out May 20 on Mesa/Blue Moon, is full of new contemporary melodic pop rock tunes that put his pedal-to-the-metal, Classic melodic Rock music-influenced riffs toe to toe with his goosebump-inducing melodic pop rock music hooks and his song-craftsman’s knack for melodic rock lyrical narrative. Sometimes his messages are conveyed in bite-size chunks, sometimes with intriguing, poetic imagery that lets the contemporary rock music listeners create their own interpretations. I like writing thought-provoking melodic rock lyrics that match the intensity of the music, to fit like a glove, in a timeless way.”
The contemporary melodic pop rock music of the Tom Fuller Band as we know it today started touching people with the release of 2005 debut contemporary pop rock album Chasing An Illusion. Fuller put the melodic rock record together with the assistance of his sonic soulmate, pop rock music producer Rick Chudacoff, who gave some valuable on-the-job training to the previously unrecorded pop rock music artist. He adopted me, Fuller recalls. The contemporary melodic pop rock album Chasing An Illusion was an important first step, that led to new pop rock music charts 5 Top 5 hits on small town FMQB pop rock music radio stations all across the U.S. Chasing An Illusion was more of a melodic rock-ballod CD, he confirms, I wanted to significantly raise the bar on Abstract Man, with a more roof-raising attitude for my second project.”
The Abstract Man that Fuller raised from its melodic rock music infant state with the help of Chudacoff and rock music multi-talented Christian Cullen, is a kaleidoscopic musical journey that exceeded any of its participants’ wildest imaginations. Those true-blue rock music values that Fuller has held close to his heart all along bear fruit in the form of everything from arena-size rock music anthems to tough-but-tender portraits of everyday people’s inner lives. Listening closely to each melodic facet as they shift and twirl, you can catch a wide variety of reflections. Besides some Fab Four touches, there’s a bit of everything from the stadium-stomping Britpop of Oasis to the saber-sharp roots-rock music of John Hiatt, and the kind of heartland rock that conjures up Tom Petty’s finest moments.
True to Fuller’s storytelling penchant, Abstract Man is full of resonant tales. When I write a rock song, it takes on a life of its own, he says. Those lives encompass a vivid world of love, loss, and redemption. In the end, the most resonant message the listener takes away is one of self-realization; the notion that people have the power to change their lives and define their world. Make no mistake, though, for all its weighty issues and philosophical concepts, Abstract Man is first and foremost a multi-hued explosion of sound. Every song on it will appeal to anyone who’s ever turned on a radio or thrown on a new album and had their life changed in three-and-a-half minutes.
The future is now. The six-member contemporary melodic rock Tom Fuller Band has been rehearsing non-stop, fine-tuning for the road show. Summer of 2008 is the beginning and will take them throughout the USA, UK, Germany, and Japan, among others. Put on your seatbelts, the pop rock music show will be coming to a city near you soon. For more information on tours, merchandise, CD’s and more visit the official web sites: