He met with singer-songwriter E, and John "Butch Norton" and officially formed The Eels. Prior to their founding, E had already released two records by himself, under his single-letter pseudonym, and their name was decided upon so that their music would be placed next to E's solo works. However, it was in retrospect that they realized that there were bands that would be placed in between, such as The Eagles.
Their collaborations led to refining songs that E had previously written, as well as creating new material. They released their debut album, Beautiful Freak, in 1996. However, after a year of touring, Tommy quit the band. In an interview, he stated his dissatisfaction with E's personality, and the loss of the amount of creative input that both Butch and himself had prior to the success of Beautiful Freak.
Soon after, he formed a band called Metromax. They shortly changed their name to Tely, and released an album over the internet. However, the band didn't garner much success, and it soon evolved into Tommy's solo project, Abandoned Pools.
Although a solo project, he recruited a touring band, featuring Leah Randi and Bryan Head filling out the ranks of bassist and drummer, respectively. They had several successful tours, going across the country and headlining with acts such as Garbage and Lenny Kravitz. They also appeared on Craig Kilborn and two videos, "Mercy Kiss", and "The Remedy", were released. Monster, another video, was composed of shots taken while on touring, but wasn't released for years, via MTV's website.
In 2002 they performed the theme song for the short-lived Teletoon (also broadcast on MTV) animated series Clone High. Many of their songs can be heard in the background during the show. After Clone High was dropped by MTV, however, the band stopped its touring (largely due to the dissolution of their label, Extasy Records).
Teaming up with Bryan Head once more and bringing in guitarist Sean Woolstenhulme, Tommy started work in 2004 to record his next album. In June 2005 they released an EP, consisting of a few songs from the new album along with b-sides and demos, called The Reverb EP. This was followed by the full album, Armed to the Teeth, in September 2005
In January 2006, Walter wrote in his online journal that Universal Records had stopped promoting the album. He subsequently quit the label, also noting that Abandoned Pools is once again a one-man project. He also began working with Ross Golan of Ross Golan and Molehead, forming an alternative and electronica duo, called Glacier Hiking, which was signed to Lionsgate Records in early 2008. While working with Ross Golan, Tommy wrote several new songs, promising to Abandoned Pools fans a third album. Glacier Hiking, however, has become his main focus, and he also collaborates with several other artists and friends in the Los Angeles area, such as Charlotte Martin and Graham Colton. He also started another project with Rie Sinclair, called Oliver the Penguin.
|The Reverb EP|
|Armed to the Teeth|
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