Tom Scott ‘Years Gone By’

Tom Scott shares the video for ‘Years Gone By’, the powerful first track from his Avantdale Bowling Club project. Created by writer and director Arty Papageorgiou, the video was shot inside the construction zone that is Auckland’s St. James Theatre and features three generations of Scott men.

A note from Tom:

peace everyone. it’s tom. i was supposed to release this new video last friday. the director had sent it back finished exactly the way i had asked. he put a lot of time and effort into meeting my demands and don’t get me wrong, i appreciate it. it was beautiful. but after living with it for a bit, relative to the ugly space i was in at the time, it felt too beautiful. 

it didn’t feel like a true depiction of my experience of the world. i’ve never been called beautiful. i always liked destruction more than perfection. not to say i’m not grateful for when things go right. gratitude is probably exactly what the song is about. i just know that things don’t STAY right. 

and i like it like that. i don’t need the movie to end just when everything’s perfect. i’m suspicious of silence. peace makes me paranoid. i can smell smoke. even in paradise. i know that there’s another moment coming to kick this one off it’s podium. just when everything seems good, my mum calls and says she’s got breast cancer. just when everything’s good my aunty gets diagnosed with dementia. one year from retirement, 40 years as the most esteemed breast surgeon in the hemisphere and now she can’t put her own shoes on. My son running round laughing in one room, my nana’s screaming dying in the other. no credits rolling. no synchronised bow. 

i think what i’m trying to say is that life is ugly sometimes. but that’s all good. could be the worst day of your life or the best, you’ll reminisce on them both the same. i like the fires. i like the break ups. the fist fights. the car crashes. the screaming arguments. dinner plates you bought on special at farmers with baby shower money flying through mouldy gib board. that’s what it’s about. no moment is better than the other.  no moment is static. it’s all just happening. shit goes right. shit goes wrong. years go by. 

anyway, i hope enjoy the video. much love. 


Avantdale Bowling Club is available for pre-order on digital platforms ahead of its release on Friday 17 August, and with an LP edition featuring three extra tracks out in October at your favourite record store.

The release will coincide with an exhibition featuring original artworks, photographs, limited edition merchandise and DJ sets.

Red Bull Music presents
Avantdale Bowling Club Exhibition

Friday 17 August, 12-10pm
Saturday 18 August, 12-10pm
Sunday 19 August, 12-5pm
CorpStudio, 86 Pitt Street, CBD

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