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15:28 GMT, Friday, 11 September 2009 16:28 UK

Pirate Tom Sanders' second album

By Linda Serck
BBC Berkshire

Tom Sanders

Tap Tap from Reading is releasing his second solo album on Monday 28 September 2009 called On My Way.

Better known as the frontman of Pete And The Pirates, Tom Sanders recorded the album during rare snippets of spare time during the band's busy schedule.

"It's amazing this album got done at all really," he says from his home in Hackney, London.

He adds that On My Way is "slightly moodier" than his acclaimed debut, called Lanzafame.

"We're all Reading boys"

Pete And The Pirates made their mark with debut Little Death, hailed as a quintessentially English-sounding indie album, which launched them from their hometown in Reading onto the international gigging circuit.

"Do I miss Reading? No, in a word," says Tom frankly. "I miss the people and my friends but I don't feel I was destined to live and stay in Reading."

In fact only two of the five Pirates, Dave Thorpe and Pete Hefferan, still live in Reading. But that's not to say the band aren't proud of their roots.

"We're all Reading boys, we all grew up together and went to the same school," says Tom, "and even though Reading isn't particularly culturally rich, it's where I grew up - it's me."

Pete And The Pirates

Pete And The Pirates

Despite having two solo albums under his belt now, Tom is still very much busy with Pete And The Pirates.

In fact apart from a handful of European dates the quintet are taking time out to work on their second album.

"It's quite a different sound to the first album," says Tom, "there's a couple of quieter songs, so it's maybe a more mellow album.

"It's less pop, we kind of wrote it with nobody in mind apart from ourselves.

"We didn't feel any pressure to angle it towards a certain crowd or style, which happened to a very tiny extent in the first album, so it's much freer."

So how does he even have the time for any solo projects?

"I don't have time really, that's the problem," he says.

"I spent the last year/ year-and-a-half recording this new album in all the little bits of spare time I have when Pete And The Pirates aren't busy, so it's really hard."

He adds that a lot of the lyrics were written on tour buses, vans and hotels; though some of the songs date back to ten years ago.

"It's easy to make an interesting-sounding record"

So with two music projects on the boil Tom is on a roll, and has some advice for fledgling musicians.

"It depends how much money you've got really," he says.

"Buy a microphone and a four-track tape machine, or a cheap computer and get some software and just go for it.

"It's easy to do and easy to make an interesting-sounding record.

"Don't listen to other bands and try and sound like them, follow your heart and make the sound that you want to make."

On My Way by Tap Tap is released on Stolen Recordings.

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