Tom West brings his band to The Gov to play live for the first time, his new album, Antarctica.
Originally from Adelaide, and until March West had spent the majority of the past 3 years pounding the pavement in the United States, touring, couch surfing, taking overnight greyhound busses to and from shows, sleeping in stations, and playing as often as possible. Things took a turn in March when he ended up going to hospital in Milwaukee after getting attacked by a husky before a gig, shows began to cancel, then, days later, having to suddenly leave New York, where he was living, as the pandemic was breaking.
Antarctica was written during a period after his father died from motor neurone disease. It features a collection of songs that have proven to enthral audiences around the world with West’s forthcoming style and the honesty behind his storytelling and music.
He shares his perspectives on love, loss and observations of the world around us from silent wilderness to churning big cities. His experiences and writings are underpinned by a humble upbringing among the rolling hills and surf worn coasts down South, spent listening to and learning from the timeless music of the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell & Jeff Lang.