Peter Lewis and Sean Murgatroyd met at St Columba's Church Youth Group in Tauranga in the mid eighties. They survived the horror of that time by playing bad computer games, looking at cheap porn, listening to everything from the Rocky Horror Picture Show Movie Soundtrack to skate punk when they weren't skulking and sulking up at the local school skateboarding in order to menace society and puffing hard on cigarettes in order to secure that ultimate headspin experience.
Somewhere in there they both ended up in Auckland and started making experimental music together. Their approaches were initially very different; Sean is a classically trained musician and Peter is a sound engineer, and at the start of their work together their roles were very much separated; Sean would play something for Peter to modify, and leave projects in his hands until Peter considered them finished.
With time there has been a merging of those roles. While both members of the partnership still retain their strengths, their ability to share the drivers seat in any dimension of their work has freed them to take a more considered approach to their creative partnership; in recent months they have been able to take a smoother approach to successful creation which is helping them more fully realise their vision of how music, especially surrealist quasi-pop pseudo-dub insert-your-niche here music should be. www.tombosleyexperience.com
2004: Debut album cd 'The Spark of Inspiration' The Tom Bosley Experience have just released our debut CD, "The Spark Of Inspiration". Described as "what would happen if you took an early period Flaming Lips cassette, played it to an autistic child, gave the child a Casiotone keyboard, a dodgy sampler, a second hand guitar and two tabs of low grade acid and told him to write a dance tune", the Tom Bosley Experience has a melodic-pop influenced ambient sound with an experimental outlook, increasingly loungy undertones and a taste for weird and amusing samples.
'With their proud tongues fixed firmly to their cheeks, NZ's eccentric enigmas, internet based lo-fi tronic weirdos The Tom Bosley Experience aka Peter Lewis and Sean Murgatroyd, have just released their debut CD album entitled `The Spark Of Inspiration`.Over a decades worth of the bands recorded history lovingly compressed onto a wonderfully packaged silver slab o plastic for the worlds delight and enjoyment. The cd includes the classic innovative early years of four track tape decks and qwirky Casiotone dabblings and journeys through to todays more polished and accomplished delvings into rather commercial sounding (yet still bloody twisted!) electronic Pop. I'd liken them to a mutant hybrid of Ween, Tall Dwarfs, The Residents and early Wendyhouse.
A reviewer had this to say: 'Musically, The Spark of Inspiration is akin to what David Bowie and Frank Zappa might have come up with had they collaborated. The Tom Bosley Experience could be to electronic music what David Byrne and The Talking Heads were to musical cults in the '80's." Sums 'em up quite nicely!' Marq Bizarre
'Sometimes I think your music is like the audio equivalent of a three-way between Bettie Page, Morticia Adams and Axl Rose in the Merry-go-Round bar at Circus Circus with little green aliens serving as cherubs smiling down from up on high. And spaceships. And Jesus.
I was giggling out loud just because I liked what I was listening to so much and was all kinds of impressed that I knew the musicians. Some of the tracks are totally rock-solid and addictively accessible. The tracks that don't sound as polished are very cool to listen to because they sort of give some insight to the way your musical minds are working. There's a general sense of humour about all this that is wonderful! One of the highlights of the night was when I popped into McDonalds to use the loo with White Cookie serving as the soundtrack. It was brilliant! Waltzing into the flourescent lights past a plastic statue of Ronald McDonald to the tune of hand claps, waves crashing, seagulls and the dulcet tones of someone singing "White Coooooooookie....I wanna get to know youuuuuuuuuuu" made me giggle out loud.'
JACKIE BRASFIELD, ARTIST, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
'As a stab in the dark at indeed being remarkable visionaries The Tom Bosley Experience could've tripped, but their The Spark Of Inspiration (Nectar Rectory) album is something of a triumph. TTBE are Peter Lewis and Sean Murgatroyd, old friends who've done the age-old move on from punk and metal to dub, pop, ambient and techno, which means they are a hybrid of all these things but mostly sound like that funny genre dubbed Electro-clash. The Spark Of Inspiration is a curly, electronic assault they unravel. More acid-tinged than danceable, though there are periods of rhythmic simplicity. Some interesting samples: 'The Weekend Song' features Mr. Hankey The Christmas Poo and 'Evil Bear' with it's bird calls and sage mumbles. All of which can, depending on the mood, feel as kitchen-sink cluttered as it is evoking. Sure it's overambitious but with the right vantage point it's clear that TTBE can reflect the artful disposition of the generations'.ADRIAN OSMAN, REAL GROOVE MAGAZINE, NZ
"The Bosley Experience is a refreshing hotch potch of passage plays mixed and edited together into very likeable songs. very mesmerising and laid back and good listening with a long cool drink and an hour of leisure time to spare." Kingcongaman
'This electronic outfit displays an excellent sense of melody and rhythm in composition. Melodic arrangments compliment some pretty funky beats laced with catchy elements. I listened to all the tunes and they each have their own distinct sense of originality, Kudo's to the composers! I will definately keep an ear out for future releases as i enjoyed your upbeat style. Songs to party too!! Excellent work.' Ace Soul Channel