The Story So Far...
Central Rain is the antidote to autotune: no-frills, melody-drenched indie rock that Blurs The Church, REM and The Go-Betweens. The first solo project for Melbourne musician Luke Thomas, it has so far yielded a six-track EP (2015's Flying Information) and the debut album Kick The Moon (2017). New single "We All Know What We Want" adds another layer to Thomas's eclectic body of work. “Central Rain has no particular direction or genre,” he explains. “It gives me room to move, I can feel free to release whatever I like without any expectations.”
Thomas cut his musical teeth while still in his teens playing bass in Brisbane band Lavish, then relocated to Melbourne and joined You Am I guitarist Davey Lane’s band The Pictures. As guitarist, lead vocalist and producer of his own band, Deserters, Thomas stepped out of Lane’s shadow to showcase his own evocative, well-crafted songs, and their four releases earned high praise from reviewers nationwide.
Produced by the multi-ward-winning Jan Skubiszewski, "We All Know What We Want" takes Central Rain in another completely new direction. "It was an absolute blast to spend a couple of days in Jan's studio nutting out a scratchy idea I'd sent him on a demo, and hear it morph into something completely different to anything I've done before."
“Thomas writes seemingly effortless pop/rock tunes, all low-key retro guitar gems and sweetly coated with gorgeous harmonies… The overall effect is one of warmth, clarity and impressive simplicity; just pure playing, confident songwriting and a no-frills approach which is totally disarming… One can only hope such talent doesn’t fly under the radar…”
- EJ Cartledge, Inpress Magazine
"Depending on where you came in, this is the latest band guise for Luke Thomas — he formerly of Lavish/The Pictures/The Deserters. If aware of any of the above, you'll realise he knows his pop history which comes through in the drenched melancholy of Cold Turkey On Christmas Day, or Give It All Up Tonight's best thing Blur never wrote. Thomas works mostly as one-man band... [and] the six tracks of this are a handy sampler of his sometimes sentimental take on the craft of pop-song writing."
- Ross Clelland, themusic.com.au