Alt-J’s Thom Green to release solo album in ‘early 2016’

Drummer reveals he's been working on his own project for 18 months

Drummer Thom Green, one-third of the Merucry Prize winning trio Alt-J , has revealed he will release his debut solo album in ‘early 2016’.

In an interview with Dummy magazine, Green said he’d been hard at work on the project, often producing “three to four tracks a week” away from the band, who released their first number one album ‘This Is All Yours’ in September last year.

He added, “I’m very excited to finally release everything, I’m very proud of what I’ve made. I’m planning on making it into a live show with some live video made by a friend of mine.”

It’s not all plain sailing creatively for the drummer though, who has struggled to pick the best of his music for the record.

“I found myself getting confused and frustrated because I don’t know what to leave and what to include in the album. I’ve made a point now to leave it alone and almost forget about it so I can concentrate on being in the moment of writing.”


As the man who sits behind a kit with Alt-J, it’d be expected that Green’s solo material would be largely percussion based. Not so says the indie veteran.

“I’m trying to avoid writing drums into my tracks as a kind of challenge to bring out the melodies more,” he says. I used to always start by making a drum track and then a beat and it would usually slow me down as I was trying to write everything based on a very restricted starting point.”

Alt-J’s individual members last made headlines when they announced the departure of original bassist Gwil Sainsbury in early 2014, who cited the “bullshit” music industry as the reason for his amicable split from the band.

Elsewhere, the band headlined there first major music festival this summer at Latitude in Suffolk, before appearing on the main stage at Reading and Leeds festival. They were hailed for their “dazzling lightshow” and played hits from both of their award-winning albums ‘An Awesome Wave’ and ‘This Is All Yours’.

Wolf Alice chose to cover Alt-J’s ‘Matilda’ in the Radio 1 Live Lounge last week, prior to their appearance at the Mercury Prize ceremony in London. They were nominated for their debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’, whereas Alt-J won in 2012 for ‘An Awesome Wave.’