We're very happy to be releasing a split with a band we really love, Esben and the Witch.
Invada Records will be releasing the split album on April 7th on 12" vinyl and digital formats.
The entire record comes in at 32 minutes long and features 4 new Thought Forms tracks;
1) Your Bones
2) Sound Of Violence
3) For The Moving Stars
4) Silver Kiss
Here's what Invada say :
Invada Records is pleased to announce the release of a split EP between Brighton post-punk post-rockers Esben and the Witch and elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers Thought Forms,
due for release on April 7th. The split comes off the back of
critically lauded long-players from both acts last year, with Esben
releasing 'Wash the Sins Not Only The Face' and Thought Forms second
album, 'Ghost Mountain'.
recalls the classic era of split singles in the US underground – think
of those heady early Sub Pop days, where you’d get Mudhoney and Sonic
Youth covering one another on either side of a 7”. In other words:
record collector heaven.
Both bands will be touring together in the UK, Europe, and the U.S around the time of release to promote this split.
Thanks so much to everyone who showed us love in 2013, everyone who listened to our music, came to see us play, the promoters who put us on, bands we played with, people who wrote nice things about us and radio stations who've played our stuff!
Just for fun, we've decided to do a weekly "track of the week" thing in 2014.
So here's the first one for your listening pleasure :
ONE HUNDRED MOST INFLUENTIAL INDEPENDENT RELEASES OF 2013
Thanks so much to Milana Naumenko, co-owner of "I Am Not A Musician" for choosing us as one of her five picks for this list on Independent Music News!
"Thought Forms are a 3-piece shoegaze band from Wiltshire, UK. This
year they have released their most comprehensive effort // ‘Ghost
Mountain //. In this album the band has expended their sound by adding
new components and exploring new sonic horizons. Listening to // ‘Ghost
Mountain’ // is a somewhat spiritual experience. It is a consuming album
that does wonders to your imagination."
All orders purchased directly through the Invada store come with an exclusive bonus DVD of the entire performance, filmed and edited by John Minton.
For those who don't know, John Minton does live visuals for Portishead among other things and he is a FUCKING GENIUS, his work is mind-blowing. This DVD is ONLY available when you buy the record from Invada. So do that.
We're extremely proud and lucky to be a part of this and to have the chance to play with such amazing musicians / wonderful people.
A review of our set at Greenman Festival by God Is In The TV Zine :
"Things really pick up over at the Far Out tent with Bristol’s Thought Forms. Blessed
with a strong sense of what made experimental American rock work so
well in the nineties – racket, tunes, a dedication to My Bloody
Valentine (when they were good of course) and an unremitting will to
shove guitars into amps and step on pedals when it all kicks in, they
are a blast of finely balanced noise that cut through the day with
precision and power."
Jared Barron is a dear dear friend of ours, he's a ridiculous drummer who resides in Brooklyn and against all rules of fairness has also been blessed with beauty at the guitar instrument, here he has put his first solo EP up on bandcamp for FREE download so you should probably do that...
"For the seemingly depraved depths to which Thought Forms reach on their bold second album, “Ghost Mountain,” they soar equally high in magnificent swells on songs that seem to breathe life even where there is no air... the band has carefully constructed sprawling, ambient spaces around concentrated rock and indie low-fi awesomeness."
"In 1964 Terry Riley composed In C, hailed as one of the first minimalist compositions, comprising 53 short phrases of music to be played consecutively by a collection of musicians in any octave, at any speed, with any instruments. In performances, each phrase is repeated as many times as the individual performer wants, the only rule being that players must stay within two or three phrases of each other. The piece ends when all players reach the final 53rd phrase.
Riley's original recording was half an hour long, and was released on vinyl in 1964 (it faded out on side A, and back in for side B). In C is a perennial classic, recorded and released every couple of years, and seemingly always being performed somewhere in the world. Almost 50 years later Portishead's Adrian Utley has recorded his own version that's over an hour long, with a 19 strong orchestra of electric guitars (which includes John Parish, Portishead bass player Jim Barr, members of Thought Forms and others) backed up by four organs (played by Charles Hazlewood) and a bass clarinet.
Utley's version is slower than the original, more austere, and texturally it's very different due to the reduced palette of instruments, recorded in just five mics. "I wanted ours to be more linear, with all the same instruments," he says, audibly excited. Utley originally performed In C two years ago at St George's church in Bristol, and again in February this year, this time recorded, mixed and overdubbed with organ (Riley's original piece was double tracked, with everyone playing twice). "Once you start playing [In C], you're off, that's it," he says, "you've jumped off the top of the mountain and you're floating down."
Utley still feels there's potential in the sound of massed guitars, despite the enormous inroads made by Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham in the last few decades. Branca was the starting point: "I have been doing this because of Glenn Branca," he says. "John Parish [PJ Harvey's guitar player] played me Branca for the first time, and I was completely blown away. Like it was something I'd been waiting to hear for most of my life. I've always been interested in the sonic possibilities of the guitar that are outside traditional playing... so it was really exciting to me to know that there's a future in that – an orchestral attitude towards writing for it."
He talks about working with non-traditional tunings, and playing with objects: "If you get 20 people hitting their guitar with a piece of metal, or with a wooden stick," he says "It's a phenomenal noise, and with them all retuned it's brilliant. That's exciting to me."
But there's a doubt, certainly in my mind, around a new recording of such a well worn composition: In C has been recorded so many times before is there room, or requirement for another? "I had to let that thought go," says Utley. "Although I'm still worrying about it. It's the nature of the piece that it'll be different every time you play it, and I could forever worry that we hadn't done the new definitive version. But I'm happy with it, conceptually and sonically, and with the performance...for today anyway."
In C by Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra is released on Geoff Barrow's InvadaRecords on 30 September."
There's a fundraiser compilation (digital) out to raise money towards Woolf Music festival - there are 15 tracks and all the money goes straight to the artists who are involved with the festival so please, have a listen and donate what you can!
There's a new Silver Stairs Of Ketchikan (Charlie's solo project) track on there too.
Kirsty James has been one of my favourite people for half my life now… When I first
met her in a French lesson I was pretty scared of her but we soon
became the best of friends and formed our first band together at 13. (It
lasted 3 years, yes there are recordings and possibly very embarrassing
Last year, at the age of 25, Kirsty was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Thankfully she beat it, but she had to have a major, life changing operation to do so. She is one of the bravest people I’ve ever met.
She has arranged a charity event in Melksham where she will be having
her head shaved to raise money for CLIC Sargent, who helped her through
her illness - if you can, please sponsor her here :
"Thought Forms are a much-loved atmospheric drone rock band from Wiltshire. They have recently released their second albumGhost Mountain that is an intoxicating blend of fuzzy guitars mixed with vocal and eastern instrumental top lines. Tonight they open with Burn Me Clean setting up the atmospherics from the outset. Thought Forms are brilliant at building up brooding emotional intensity that comes to burst when they hit songs like ‘Song For Junko and Only Hollow. This was a fan meets idol show for them as they’re biggest influence is Sonic Youth and of course Thurston Moore is part of Chelsea Light Moving, its only too bad they didn’t play their fantastic cover of Death Valley 69."
A review of our tape "Sorry I Forgot" which came out on LF Records over on The Sound Projector ...
"Thought Forms are the trio of Romijn, Dhariwal and Metcalfe, playing a delicious form of acoustic trance music on their cassette Sorry I Forgot (LF RECORDS LF024). It takes a special kind of restraint to keep performing at this glacial pace, only allowing minimal and plangent notes to ring out as needed across a delicately-spun pattern of gossamer music. The languorous violin (?) tones are especially pleasing; one might almost say other-worldly. The musicians describe their work as “plowing a rural idyll through a landscape of feedback, strings and ghost axe”, evoking a pastoral scene whose serene vista is only slightly tinged by the spectral appearance of a supernatural presence. Very good; look out for their LP on Invada Records, which was forthcoming when this was released. (24/07/2012)"