Tom Greenhouse is the man at the helm of The Cool Greenhouse, a London-based five-piece that match witty social commentary with their signature brand of pop-infused post-punk.
Starting life in 2015, the band went on to put out their first EP in 2017 on Zero Qualms, following it up with three subsequent releases for Hidden Bay, Market Street and Drunken Sailor Records. The band explore new realms on their debut self-titled LP for Melodic Records, prompted by their move from bedroom to studio. Signalling an evolution and maturity in their sound, the album sees Tom's delivery sharpen, the sparse instrumentation tightened and the muffled drum loops replaced with a full kit, resulting in 11 tracks with a very clear vision.
Ahead of the release of the LP, Tom guides us through the tracks he listens to when he's tending to the plants...
"Though when I started The Cool Greenhouse I had no greenhouse and no gardening experience (the title of the band comes from a weird charity shop book I bought—I was making zines via post with a friend using cut-up 70s charity shop finds at the time), funnily enough now I do have a greenhouse and I do sometimes listen to music while pottering about in it. Of course I had to choose this series of all the options offered, so here’s what Tom Greenhouse from The Cool Greenhouse listens to in the greenhouse as part of the Ransom Note’s “In the Greenhouse” series…"
The Shadow Ring - Wash What You Eat
The Shadow Ring are hands down my favourite band. To my mind, if the best of the entirety of human accomplishment, including things like the whole of the Renaissance (yawn) or the invention of the wheel (“it was easy, it’s just a wheel”—to nick a great line from another favourite band, Uranium Club) comes up to somewhere around your knees, then the opus of the Shadow Ring comes up to at least your shoulders. It sometimes irritates me that almost every Cool Greenhouse review makes reference to the Fall rather than to the Shadow Ring, since actually the motoric repetition, lengthy songs, minimalism, humour, choruslessness, out-of-tuneness, crappy production and above all the strange and phenomenal lyrics of the Shadow Ring have been our central musical inspiration and the band we nicked all our ideas from. In these respects they are even more Fallish than the Fall, and even more Cool Greenhousey than the Cool Greenhouse. The trouble is no one knows who the fuck they are, even though they are the best band in the world and the band that finally “put the music in its coffin”. So here is a small attempt to rectify this grand historic injustice. In this creepy song they offer some vital advice to all greenhouse users. If you don’t follow it you will find yourself eating caterpillars, spiders, worm shits and soil, for sure.