Undiscovered Band of the Month: Thrushes
By Staff on March 3, 2010
Ambling out of Baltimore with a stack of Crystal's 45's and an arsenal of effects pedal, Thrushes’ 2007’s debut, Sun Come Undone, earned critical praise and worldwide buzz with the instant classic, “Heartbeats,” reaching the top 5 most played tracks in the world according to elbo.ws prompting Idolator.com to write, “How Thrushes Became This Week’s Biggest Band In The World.” Reviewers compared them favorably with huge bands like The Jesus And Mary Chain, Pixies and Dead Can Dance, and The Associated Press called the band “gorgeous and affecting.”
Follow up, Night Falls, finds Thrushes upping the stakes in every department. Their trademark wall of sound, widescreen guitars and technicolor noise-pop are brilliantly polished to sparkle. The album’s opening single “Trees” finds Thrushes in full on “Dazzle” mode. Bells ring, drums thunder, guitars chime, hearts break. “Crystals” is a conscious nod to ‘60’s girl group’s cotton-candy coated odes to fallen love. ‘Night Falls’ illuminates the dark edges of town on brooding tracks “As Much to Lose” and “Juggernaut.”
Just like on Sun Come Undone, the result is “cotton candy guitars and sticky reverb-drenched melodies shimmering with reverb and shuddering with echo.” With ‘Night Falls’, Thrushes once again “make love to their effects pedals and wide-screen guitars.” (Baltimore City Paper)
Who are your main influences?
Mainly I think bands we grew up listening to in high school like Jesus and Mary Chain, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Helium, Velvet Underground, Superchunk, Mazzy Star, My Bloody Valentine. I think that's the way it probably is for most people. I really love surf and rockabilly guitar stuff. Also, lots of the 60's girl groups like The Ronettes, Crystals, Shangri-Las, etc...
How did you meet?
We all kind of knew each other or of each other playing in bands in the mid 90's at an all ages club in Baltimore called the Small Intestine. It was really great and a fabulous incubator for a lot of awesome local bands. The place closed down after a year or two and we all went to college, graduated, got real jobs and stuff and stopped being in bands until we formed Thrushes in 2006.
What is your biggest achievement as a band to date?
We've got to play with some really great bands and tons of awesome shows, but opening for The Raveonettes (who are one or our favorites) in our hometown was probably the most exciting!
Where did the band name originate?
I came up with The Thrushes and Anna had the good sense and good taste to drop the "the." Seemed to fit right from the begining.
The Raveonettes, Asobi Seksu, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Sky Drops, A Place to Bury Strangers, Sonic Youth.
Plans to Tour?
Hope so, if we can sell some records and save up some money. We'll do some select east coast dates in the spring.
Plans for next release?
Night Falls comes out March 9th. Already working on a few songs for the next one, stay tuned!!