Tom Thacker (musician)

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Tom Thacker
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Thacker performing with Sum 41 in 2017.
Background information
Also known as
  • Brown Tom
  • T'Aint
Born (1974-04-11) 11 April 1974 (age 48)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • keyboards
Member of

Tom Thacker (born 11 April 1974), [1] [2] nicknamed Brown Tom, is a Canadian musician. He is the lead guitarist, lead singer and co-founder of the Canadian punk rock group Gob and rhythm guitarist for Sum 41. Thacker formed Gob with Theo Goutzinakis in 1993. Following Dave Baksh's departure from Sum 41 on May 11, 2006, Thacker was recruited as their touring guitarist, and then became an official member in 2009. He has remained with Sum 41 ever since, even after Baksh rejoined the band in 2015, contributing to three studio releases.


Thacker has been in the films Going the Distance and Sharp as Marbles. [3]

Professional career

Gob (1993–present)

Thacker is one of the vocalists and guitarists in the punk rock band Gob. He formed the band with Theo Goutzinakis, Wolfman Pat Integrity on drums, and Kelly Macaulay on bass. They released their self-titled EP in 1994. Since signing a deal with Nettwerk and EMI, the band has released six studio albums. The current bassist and drummer, Steven Fairweather and Gabe Mantle, joined the band after the band went through several other bassists.

Sum 41 (2006–present)

In late 2006, Thacker joined Sum 41 as touring guitarist, replacing former guitarist Dave Baksh. He also plays keyboards for Sum 41, and provides backing vocals.

On June 26, 2009, in a special chat taking place on the website, Sum 41 frontman Deryck Whibley made it clear that Thacker was now an official member of the band and not just a touring member. [4] On July 20, 2009, Steve Jocz of Sum 41 stated on the band's official website that the band finished all their tour dates for 2009 and confirmed that Thacker will be appearing on the upcoming Sum 41 album. [5]

Even after Dave Baksh rejoined Sum 41 in 2015, Thacker has remained with the group ever since, which expanded them into a five-piece.

Other musical projects

Under the name Tommy, Tom Thacker played drums in the Canadian pop punk The McRackins for their 1995 album What Came First?. He returned again to play on their 1999 release Comicbooks and Bubblegum.

On September 2, 2011, in an interview with Todd Morse of The Operation M.D., he said that the band plans to go on their first ever European tour in December, with possibly Tom Thacker playing lead guitar. Matt Brann is rumored to join the touring line-up on drums. [6] In an interview with Thacker, he has confirmed that he was the one to suggest Cone and Todd to tour with the Operation M.D. in the winter, after Sum 41 cancelled all their tour dates for the rest of 2011. [7]

In 2013 Thacker played 2 shows with The Offspring filling in for Todd Morse. In July and August 2017 he has been touring with The Offspring again filling in for Noodles



Sum 41


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Sum 41 Canadian rock band

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ajax, Ontario. Originally called Kaspir, the band was formed in 1996 and currently consists of Deryck Whibley, Dave Baksh, Jason "Cone" McCaslin, Tom Thacker, and Frank Zummo.

Dave Baksh Canadian musician

Dave Baksh also known by his stage name Dave Brownsound, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as one of the guitarists of rock band Sum 41. Baksh quit Sum 41 in 2006 to pursue his own career in his heavy metal/reggae project Brown Brigade. He rejoined Sum 41 in 2015 and has released two subsequent studio albums with the band. He also plays guitar for Organ Thieves, with two of his fellow Brown Brigade members and the Canadian deathpunk four-piece Black Cat Attack. In 2019, Baksh co-founded the merchandise company Loud & Immortal.

<i>Chuck</i> (Sum 41 album) 2004 studio album by Sum 41

Chuck is the third studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41. The album was released on October 12, 2004. It is the band's last album to feature guitarist Dave Baksh as he left Sum 41 on May 11, 2006, to pursue his career with his own band Brown Brigade. This is the final album to feature the full classic lineup. Baksh returned in 2015, but Frank Zummo replaced Jocz that same year. Chuck peaked at No. 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart and No. 10 on the US Billboard 200, making it the band's highest-charting album until it would be surpassed by Underclass Hero in 2007.

Jason McCaslin Canadian musician

Jason "Cone" McCaslin is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, serving as the bassist and backing vocalist of the band Sum 41.

Gob is a Canadian punk rock band from Langley, British Columbia, formed in 1993. The band consists of Tom Thacker, Theo Goutzinakis, Gabe Mantle and Steven Fairweather. Juno nominated for best new group in 2000, and another Juno nomination for best video in 2002. Gob's most successful album is World According to Gob. Their best-selling songs to date are "I Hear You Calling", "Soda", and "Banshee Song". They have been featured in movies, TV shows, and many sporting video games such as NHL 2002, NHL 2003, NHL 2004 and Madden NFL 2004 with songs such as "Oh! Ellin", "I've Been Up These Steps", "Sick With You", "I Hear You Calling" and "Give Up The Grudge". The band has appeared at several music festivals, the most well-known being the Vans Warped Tour. Thacker is also the rhythm guitarist for fellow Canadian rock band Sum 41.

Brown Brigade

Brown Brigade was a reggae-influenced heavy metal band created by Sum 41 guitarist Dave "Brownsound" Baksh. The band's final lineup was Baksh, Vaughn Lal, Johnny Owens (drums), Chuck Coles (guitar), and Cess Rock (percussion).

<i>Foot in Mouth Disease</i> 2003 studio album by Gob

Foot In Mouth Disease is the fourth studio album by Canadian punk rock band Gob, released on April 1, 2003 in Canada by Nettwerk, internationally by Arista Records, and in Japan by BMG. Four singles were released from the album: "Give Up the Grudge", "Oh! Ellin", "Ming Tran", and "This Evil World".

<i>Too Late... No Friends</i> 1995 studio album by Gob

Too Late... No Friends is the first full-length studio album by Gob, and was released in 1995 on Mint Records. It was re-released in 2000 on Nettwerk/Landspeed. There were 4 singles released of off the album: Soda, Fuck Them, Bad Day and You're Too Cool. Since each single lasted an average of 1:30, there were 4 singles released instead of the usual 2.

Craig "The Craigulator" Pattison is a Canadian guitarist, best known as former lead/rhythm guitarist for heavy metal band Brown Brigade, and former guitar tech for Dave Baksh while the latter was a member of pop punk band Sum 41.

The Operation M.D. (formerly The Operation) is a Canadian garage rock band created by Doctors Dynamite (Cone of Sum 41) and Rocco (Todd Morse of H2O) as a side project to their other bands. The band's debut album, We Have an Emergency, was released in February 2007 by Aquarius Records. Their second album Birds + Bee Stings was self-released by the band's own label "Mouth To Mouth Music" in June 2010.

Steven Fairweather Musical artist

Steven Kenneth Fairweather is a Canadian musician. He is the bassist of the Canadian punk rock band Gob and founder of the Internet radio station, Stranger Radio.

<i>Muertos Vivos</i> 2007 studio album by Gob

Muertos Vivos is Gob's fifth studio album. It was released on October 30, 2007 in Canada. It is the only album featuring bassist Tyson Maiko, who left the band in 2008.

Theo Goutzinakis is a founding member of the Canadian punk band, Gob. He is the guitarist and vocalist. He is of Greek descent. He has also appeared in the movies Going the Distance and Sharp as Marbles. He mainly plays Gibson Les Paul and Gibson ES models. He served as a vocalist, a guitarist, and a bassist in many other bands before he started Gob with co-vocalist/guitarist Tom Thacker.

Organ Thieves

Organ Thieves is a southern and soul-influenced experimental hard rock side project by Brown Brigade guitarists Chuck Coles and Dave Baksh, formed by Coles in mid-2008. It has since become their main project.

<i>Screaming Bloody Murder</i> 2011 studio album by Sum 41

Screaming Bloody Murder is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41, released on March 29, 2011, after many delays. It is the band's second album produced by frontman Deryck Whibley. It is the band's last album to be released on Island Records before they had fulfilled their contract with the major label in 2016 and their first album not to be released on Aquarius Records, which they left in 2010. The album has received mixed reviews.

Screaming Bloody Murder (song) 2011 single by Sum 41

"Screaming Bloody Murder" is the first single from Sum 41's fifth studio album of the same name, officially released on February 7, 2011, although originally slated for release in August 2010. This is Sum 41's first single to feature guitarist Tom Thacker. The song's working title was "Panic Attack" and it was written by Thacker for the album Muertos Vivos by his other band Gob, though it did not make the album, then reworked, rearranged and re-recorded by guitarist Deryck Whibley. Although written by Thacker, all guitars on the song, as well as on the rest of the album were recorded by Deryck Whibley by himself.

<i>Apt. 13</i> 2014 studio album by Gob

Apt. 13 is Gob's sixth and most recent studio album, and was released on August 26, 2014. On May 27, 2014, the song "Cold" was available to stream along with information on the album and was also released as the lead single from the album. "Radio Hell" was released as the album's second single. This is the first Gob album to not feature any lead vocals from guitarist Theo Goutzinakis, as well as their first with new bassist Steven Fairweather.

<i>Underclass Hero</i> 2007 studio album by Sum 41

Underclass Hero is the fourth studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41. It is the first of two albums by the band recorded without guitarist Dave Baksh since he left a year earlier to focus on Brown Brigade. The album was recorded as a three piece. The album was first released July 18, 2007 in Japan. It was released under the Island Records label and distributed worldwide by Universal Records, by Aquarius Records. There are no photos of the band inside the liner notes, though the front cover features a monochrome image of vocalist Deryck Whibley spitting in a hallway. In comparison to the heavy metal-inspired punk style of Sum 41's previous album, Chuck, Underclass Hero is where the band return to their famous pop punk style. The album’s lyrical content, while not written as a rock opera, is loosely tied conceptually, with the album’s lyrics focusing on subjects such as politics, religion and family life.

<i>13 Voices</i> 2016 studio album by Sum 41

13 Voices is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band Sum 41, released on October 7, 2016. It is the first Sum 41 album to be released through independent label Hopeless Records after the band fulfilled their contract with major label Island Records. It is also Sum 41's first album to feature drummer Frank Zummo, who replaced original drummer Steve Jocz and their first album since the return of guitarist Dave Baksh in 2015, as well as their first as a five-piece, as Tom Thacker, who replaced Baksh in 2009, remained with the band. On May 11, 2016, the band announced that they had signed to Hopeless Records to release the crowd-funded project.

The Offspring World Tour 2017 was a concert tour by The Offspring, which began on March 23, 2017 in Nagoya, Japan and ended on November 25, 2017.


  1. Lindsay, Cam (25 August 2014). "Tom Thacker of Gob and Sum 41 Speaks on Rocking Out Gracefully". Vice . Retrieved 4 July 2022. I'm 40.
  2. Thacker, Tom (11 April 2021). "Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. Quarantine birthday was actually amazing, a cozy lil party w my 2 favorite people! 🎉👨‍👩‍👦🎂+📸:@mabelko". Instagram . Retrieved 13 July 2022.
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  5. "Island | Island Def Jam". Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  6. "Operation MD France - Interview de Todd Morse à Paris". YouTube. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
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Guitarist for Sum 41
since 2007