Thula Borah’s ‘Near Life Experience’ EP out now!
“…a sludgy and melodic brand of rock music that recalls Hum, Silversun Pickups, and Blue Album-era Weezer…” – Stereogum
“…unsettling…” – Upset Magazine
Putting down a marker for all rock bands in 2017, Thula Borah have produced one of the best records your likely to hear all year, creating a sound that defies any one genre; switching seamlessly from post-rock, post-hardcore and dream-pop to grunge, indie-rock and emo. As a result the band have picked up some amazing support with Stereogum premiering EP track ‘Confabulation’ and Upset Magazine premiering the unsettling video for official single The Psychopath Test.
‘Confabulation’ is available to download for free on the Thula Borah Soundcloud page.
The Glaswegian four-piece have taken post-hardcore sensibilities and fuzzed out, meaty riffs and amalgamated them with catchy hooks that demand your attention. Opening track ‘Analysis Paralysis’ combines chiming guitar riffs with heavy distortion, atmospherically enveloping the listener in ways that bands such as And So I Watch You From Afar, Yndi Halda and Explosions In The Sky achieve so well. Single The Psychopath Test recalls the feedback-laden stylings of Hum, while the aforementioned ‘Confabulation’ has the immediacy of an indie-rock classic; a track the likes of Silversun Pickups would be proud. The second half of the record is more subtle, introspective, as the band play with a lo-fi sound and simple acoustics, creating an ambience that draws parallels with the quieter elements of bands such as The Appleseed Cast, Moving Mountains and Dads.
Hailing from Glasgow the band initially started when Lloyd James Fay (guitar/vocals) and Matthew Williams (bass/vocals) began jamming with a drum machine in 2009 before becoming a fully fledged band in 2010 when Kevin Heimann (guitar) became a full time member. The current line-up was complete when Michael O’Rourke (drums) was introduced to the band by a friend and Thula Borah haven’t looked back since, picking up support from Stereogum, Upset Magazine, The Scotsman, Punktastic, Gigslutz and BBC Radio Scotland as well as playing festivals such as Jocktoberfest in Inverness and Manchester’s Indie Week Europe.