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The Thing is a band whose sound penetrates instantly due to their unbridled passion for rock & roll and firm belief in capturing its essence through raw and authentic recording. Pouring their heart and soul into every recording, striving to capture the raw energy and emotion that makes rock & roll so special, it seems that for The Thing there is nothing quite like the sound of a distorted guitar riff or the thumping of a bass line, and that shows.
Here’s The Thing
“Here’s The Thing” is the debut album of The Thing. The album consists of nine tracks that showcase the band’s ability to capture the essence of rock & roll: high-energy, perfectly delivered vocals, lyrically driven and captivating the listener with its disruptive guitar and sentimental power. The album represents a summary of The Thing‘s unbridled passion for rock & roll and their ability to create a unique and powerful musical experience in an alternative music world where we tend to believe that these albums don’t exist anymore.
From a guitar silver lining, it’s how all starts in “Beige Bouquet” and in the debut album from The Thing. The track exudes a captivating energy reminiscent of The Who’s early appearances. Though it has a distinctly retro vibe, there’s something fresh and unique about it. Within the first minute, the song rapidly builds momentum, culminating in a powerful rhythm that’s nothing short of extraordinary. The stretched-out and perfectly delivered vocals serve as a cathartic release, elevating the track to greater heights. With its thrilling blend of old-school and contemporary elements, this song is a true masterpiece that will leave a lasting impression on any listener. And in the repetition of the first track, we get all in into it. Welcome The Thing, we are now ready for this.
Ana De Armas
For us, everything started with Ana De Armas. In this sense, this was the first track we ever listened to by the NY band. A track that captivated us since the first moment we heard it. The amount of growth the track involves the listener in, the way the guitar disrupts everything every time it comes back to our ears, and the way the track truly breaks the new stereotype of indie rock music. These are the main reasons for our instant love. The 2nd track of The Thing‘s debut album is also lyrically driven in a way we can’t stop it from entering our minds and doing damage, like a sentimental mosh.
The opening lines, beats, and chords of “Dirt,” the third track on the album, immediately bring to mind the iconic sound of The Beatles. But as the song progresses, it takes on a life of its own, featuring a unique blend of organized chaos and reverbed vocals that are reminiscent of a passionate revolution. Each individual involved in the movement is clearly identified and united in their cause, driving the momentum forward. The track maintains this intensity throughout, never giving the listener a chance to catch their breath. Even during the guitar solo, the energy remains overwhelming, pulling the listener further into the song’s powerful message. Overall, “Dirt” is a masterful example of how to create a track that exudes excitement without having to reinvent the wheel just by sounding overwhelmingly powerful.
From Beatles to White Stripes, Dixie Queen is one of the “oldest” sounding tracks of the album but nonetheless a revolution on its own. The guitar solos are there (and even when you know they are there they will still surprise you and take you further), and the intensity of the screamed-like vocals is still there too without sounding dull or less than a locomotive on their own. There are hooks and turns clearly supported by the main guitar (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that) and a drummy power that makes us head-bang it all the way: it’s like we are cruising in the front of a train, with the wind on our faces and the perfect weather warming our bodies.
Right Where You Need To Be
Starting like a proper Tame Impala track, with the guitar drifting us from side to side, the echoed vocals provide a great intro to “Righ Where You Need To Be” that slides the listener gently and easily into a catchy and powerful chorus. With the guitar being the headliner, once again, there is a soft retro feel that evolves into a nice Black Keys-like vibe, within a track that takes its time to grow. A track that also channels the spirit of The Who, with an explosive energy that simmers just below the surface. The drums drive the rhythm forward, always working in perfect harmony with the rest of the band. The song’s power comes from the feeling that it could burst into a chaotic frenzy at any moment, but instead, the contained energy builds and builds, creating an intense sense of anticipation. It’s in this containment that the listener finds the greatest satisfaction, as the song teases them with the promise of release, but never quite delivers it.
Country Song II
“Country Song II” is a standout track that perfectly balances traditional country and modern rock elements. The song starts with a great drum-guitar dichotomy that immediately draws the listener in. The vocals are straight-up and sound with less reverb than in other tracks, giving the song a raw and authentic feel. The guitars play a significant role in creating a Western meets rock atmosphere, using riffs and solos to create the proper enticement for a duel. As the song progresses, a modern guitar feel is introduced in the back, making the track even more captivating. The use of claps to build up into a proper explosion adds to the already intense atmosphere of the song. Throughout the entire track, the perfect balance between the guitar solos and the vocal reaches is showcased, creating a harmonious and dynamic sound. Overall, “Country Song II” is an impressive example of how country and rock can be blended together to create a unique and powerful musical experience.
“Love” is sort of a departure from the more upbeat tracks, being more contained and melancholic. Despite this, the song’s use of repetition in a melodic way creates an irresistible pull towards its emotive core. Once again, the vocals serve as the perfect balance between intensity and dream, offering a powerful emotional anchor. The song’s small choir vocal interludes add a sense of depth, while the increasing guitar explosions offer a dynamic contrast that builds towards a powerful climax. With a sound that is both traditional and modern, “Love” can be both aggressive and soft, depending on the listener’s mood, and its ability to satisfy a wide range of emotional needs makes it an undeniable highlight of the album. Oh, and the final minute gets us every single time.
“America” is a song that features Beatles-like singing with a drunken quality that floats easily into an intentionally tragic vibe. The slow-paced instrumentals give the impression that they may not be able to finish their purpose, yet they turn melodic and purposefully engaging. The track is almost like an ungentle ballad that can’t help but sound romantic. The vocals convey a sense of longing for something that is just out of reach, while the instrumentation creates a dreamy atmosphere that feels both melancholic and hopeful. “America” captures the essence of a romanticized ideal of America, with all its beauty, flaws, and contradictions.
Let It Die
“Let It Die” is a song that builds on the melancholic mood of the previous track, “America” but takes a different turn. For the first minute, it sounds like a slow and mournful goodbye, but the overwhelming sense of love prevents us from purging all our feelings. As the song progresses, it evolves into a Beck-inspired feel, complete with quirky bits, guitar riffs, and an enticing vocal that is the most melodic on the album. The track feels like a melancholic whirlpool that sucks us in with its retro feel, but then punches us back out with modern guitars and unapologetic sonority. The song ends like a proper ending, with a solo that sounds like it was made to be played live. Overall, “Let It Die” is a beautiful, poignant, and cathartic experience that lingers in our minds long after the final note has been played.