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rmt presents | thought forms + run logan run + marcy + charivari on Friday 2nd February 2018
RMT Music Productions are proud to present Bristol's almighty, alt-rock shoegazes, THOUGHT FORMS back at St. James' Wine Vaults with stunning support from drums/bass duo RUN LOGAN RUN, improv collective MARCY and Bath's deep-sound-scapers, CHARIVARI.
We were lucky enough to present THOUGHT FORMS at a sold out show at St. James' Wine Vaults back in 2016 when the band debuted new material that later surfaced on 2016's Songs About Drowning.
We are buzzed to be presenting them again and look forward to hearing new material once again. Tickets are £10 adv (no booking fee!) and will sell quick so pick one up quick!
Invada Records’ Thought Forms are that very rare band for whom the term “sonic progression” actually applies. With the Wiltshire three piece’s critically acclaimed eponymous debut, the band experimented with a beguiling, compelling atmospheric sound, all cinematic soundscapes and yawning chasms of noise. With their sophomore effort Ghost Mountain, the band found their teeth, biting back with a monster of a record that sounded as visceral and immediate as it was loose and experimental, and appearances on the award-winning Ex Machina soundtrack and with Adrian Utley’s Guitar Orchestra have cemented the band’s position in the vanguard of exciting, experimental new British acts.
Now, with their third full length release ‘Songs About Drowning’, Charlie Romijn (guitars / vocals), Deej Dhariwal (guitars / vocals) and Guy Metcalfe (drums) kick it up yet another notch, pushing the boat out even further to create a strange, intoxicating album, their most accomplished to date and certainly their most fascinating.
“We’d been playing live so much that we’d been rehearsing for gigs but not just playing together and seeing what happened”, Charlie Romijn recalls. “So when Geoff’s old studio SOA was empty after they moved to the new Invada HQ on the other side of town, we locked ourselves away in there, stayed there for days just making a racket and figuring out what kind of sound we wanted to explore next. We knew we wanted our next album to feel spacious and more expansive than anything we’d done before and that we didn’t want to limit ourselves in any way.
A contributing factor of this sea-change was the addition of Jim Barr, who, besides owning the J&J Studio in Bristol and playing bass in both Get the Blessing and Portishead, also produced ‘Ghost Mountain’ and has been a strong ally of the band since they first toured with Portishead back in 2011. “He pushed us beyond anything we’d done previous to that and was really inspiring”, Charlie says. “We knew he would be direct and honest and as big fans of his music, we felt we’d be in good hands with him. This time, as well as producing, he was welcomed in as part of the band…there’s really not many people we’d consider allowing into the creative process like that”.
The resultant album is Thought Forms at their most refined, although that doesn’t mean that it lacks a pulse by any stretch of the imagination. Instead it’s the opposite – by combining songwriting methods they’d used in the past, they honed and sharpened their sound to a knife edge. The colossal, completely improvised opus “Aeaea” slowly builds into a maelstrom of beautifully attuned noise with piano, drums and even horns adding to its perfect storm. Similarly, “Forget My Name” and “By the Stars” build on improvised drum patterns to become beautifully hypnotic, seductive tour de forces which rank among the band’s best yet. With the band adding new instruments and a new level of confidence into the mix, ‘Songs About Drowning’ could well be the record that sees Thought Forms getting the recognition they so richly deserve as unparalleled British sonic noiseniks bar none, and see them carrying on the proud lineage of off-kilter noise pop, joining the ranks of My Bloody Valentine, Suicide and many more.
'Bristol's Thought Forms' 2016 album Songs About Drowning was a trudging march into the dark, menacing corridors of alternative guitar music. With facets of prog, doom, shoegaze and post-rock the four-piece craft atmospheric, gloomy cuts that are utterly satisfying and realised. Charlie Romijn carries the performance, veering in and out amid the menacing pianos and fuzzed up guitars and bass.'
- The Quietus
'Songs About Drowning comes as close to a perfect ten as can be bestowed on any release that hasn’t stood a test of time or without making allowance for even the faintest prospect of improvement. On this showing it’s hard to see how they, or anyone else, are going to better this any time soon. Bets may now be off for album of the year.'
'Songs About Drowning is an album that bursts at the seams with musical ideas, evocative lyrical imagery and outstanding musicianship.
This album is their most cohesive yet. The production by Barr aids this as he helps create a Southern Gothic atmosphere that perfectly suits the songs whether that be on the eerily beautiful Inland which dips its toe into the murky water of Polly’s To Bring You My Love and brings it screaming into 2016 on a funeral bass riff and soaring guitars, or the post-blues majesty of closing track The Lake which slowly changes tempo until it ends up a speed-demon rocker before taken us back down to the swamp again… Songs About Drowning is where Thought Forms go from being a really good band into one of our finest. It is a complete work that plays like a noir novel full of lucid imagery and unsettling sounds yet remains warm and inclusive never once compromising. This is Thought Forms at their brave, single-minded best.'
- Louder Than War (9/10)
'Forget My Name' certainly teases a quietly vicious side to Thought Forms, with silvery layers of noise weaving between gorgeous vocal harmonies.
- The Line Of Best Fit
'Thought Forms have everything going for them. Having attracted a following due to the intensity of their dark drone-rock, there are moments where the album rises to the surface; namely, Charlie Romijn’s vocals on The Bridge and slow-paced, jazzy number Aeaea, where a clever brass arrangement collapses into a sea of distortion. There are also powerful lyrics here (“your name is written on the inside of my eyes”) which leave a heavy imprint in the listener’s mind, while tracks like Inland demonstrate a clever grasp of dynamics that make you feel like you’re in a half-conscious state of delirium.'
- Crack Magazine
Music Genres: Alternative, Jazz, Rock
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