Keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter Tom Brislin wrote, produced, performed and recorded Hurry Up and Smell the Roses, and has drawn comparisons to vocalists including Sufjan Stevens, Gotye, Elliot Smith, and Ben Folds. The album features guest contributions from guitarist and platinum songwriter Clint Lagerberg, vocalist Annie Haslam of Renaissance, and Theremin synthesist Shueh-li Ong.
A New Jersey native, Brislin gained visibility through a string of demanding tours with iconic artists including Meat Loaf, Yes, Debbie Harry, and many others. Brislin's songwriting first emerged in the synth-rock band Spiraling, who toured with groups including They Might Be Giants and OK Go.
The Star-Ledger (NJ) described Brislin as “a warm vocalist and a sincere, introspective lyricist.”