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Tomas Kalnoky (born December 24, 1980) is the lead singer/guitarist and songwriter of the bands Streetlight Manifesto and Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution. He also held this position in the famed 3rd-wave ska band Catch 22, but left the band after making only one album (their debut, entitled Keasbey Nights) to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, among other reasons. He has stated that visual art was his first love, before his love of music came about, and that he attended the Savannah College of Art and Design purely for visual art, with music not being a reason of attending the school. According to the booklet of Somewhere in the Between, Kalnoky also attended Rutgers University. He is also supposedly involved with a punk band called Man Bites Dog, which has a planned album titled “It’s Go Time,” although they have yet to release any material.

Kalnoky’s family immigrated from the Czech Republic to the U.S. in 1985, when he was 5 years old. He has one brother, Achilles, who is a year older than him.

Kalnoky said he learned to play because of The Beatles. His first foray into the music world began with the punk band Gimp, with whom he released one cassette, Smiles for Macavity, before moving onto Catch 22. Gimp can best be looked at as quintessential 90’s pop punk, vaguely reminiscent of early blink-182.

Tomas played an Ibanez AS73 in the early days of Streetlight Manifesto, and now plays a “Satin” Gibson ES-335.

Kalnoky’s influences are many, the blending of which creates Streetlight’s signature sound. Kalnoky cites The Drifters as a favorite band. Other musical influences include Nirvana, The Suicide Machines, and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

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  • Nacho908

    you can find the 3 acoustics from "AP Show" its a radio interview with Tomas where he performed the 3 songs, it also has the 3 songs as separate tracks along with the interview

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Ferbulo

    Happy maybe your birthday Tomas.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • CelebBirthdays

    Can't blame you even!!:/

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • CelebBirthdays

    Hmm, i guess everyones on holiday!! Cant bale yal!

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • CelebBirthdays

    Can someone please confirm Tomas Kalnoky's date of birth...Some sources say born on October 15, 1979 and others state, December 24, 1980...!? ty.

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • lightfilter

    straight up god

    19 Oct 2009 Reply
  • JanieVicious

    this man is a fucking genius. i love everything he's ever written.

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • RockOutPantsOff

    xsessivedesigns dot com/Clients/kalnoky/

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Phex16

    They are from Boomblebooze or the Ap Show, where he played Forty Days, Somewhere in the Between and Dear Sergio Acoustic. Just search for it on Youtube.

    24 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Priapus512

    Yeah where are these acoustic songs from?

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • space-lemon

    ...takže Tomáš má rád Nohavicu? ho ho hóó! :) ........

    23 Feb 2009 Reply
  • bertality

    where do people get these acoustic songs from??

    14 May 2008 Reply
  • the_stolen_kiss

    this man is probably my most favourite musician :)

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
  • streetlighter

    yeah really a great tag!!!^^

    3 Apr 2008 Reply

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