In Love at War
Tom Wise began his rock and roll career by playing bass in an a little angsty punk band called Everyone's Uncle. The band only played a handful of shows over the course of three years, but man, they rocked hard. College caused the band to call it quits and the members to mellow out a little. Tom decided that screaming trite lyrics over bashed power chords was no longer how he wanted to express himself, and he started writing quieter, more introspective songs. In many of his songs, Tom tries to understand the nature of life and love, of growing up and seeing relationships blossom, wither, and blossom again. His musical background is deep and his influences are wide ranging. In addition to being an up-and-coming singer-songwriter, he is also a trained jazz saxophonist, and he counts the music of composers such as John Coltrane and Cole Porter as driving forces behind his own style, along with his rock and pop idols. But his true vision is simple, and he states it every time he introduces himself to a new crowd: "My name is Tom Wise. I sing songs about girls."