THICK SYRUP (The Wharves, Broken Arm) share ‘Heavy Syrup’ single/video, taken from Living in Leeds, due 23rd February 2018 on Gringo Records

January 23, 2018

Jonathan Kenworthy



Share new single/video ‘Heavy Syrup

Live dates in February & March

Debut album, Living In Leeds
due 23rd February 2018 on Gringo Records

“a prime example of their genre-defying sound, a blend of 60s garage, 70s funk and earlier hard rock that comes together into an intriguing, enveloping blend.” – DIY

“Pitched somewhere between early 70s hard rock and the Nuggets compilation, the band’s demented, organ-led sound has already caused a stir” – Clash

“Unmissable riff display, like Slick fronting ZZ Top with an accentuated funk element.” – Robert Sotelo of The Robert Sotelo Group

With their solid, tight and acrobatic displays of full-on groove inducers, Leeds’ Thick Syrup are set to release their debut album, Living In Leeds, on 23rd February on Nottingham cult label, Gringo Records (Hookworms, Sauna Youth, That Fucking Tank, Part Chimp). An adequate description of the group’s particular blend of guitar band genres is not easy, but touchstones exist on a continuum somewhere between The Meters, Black Sabbath and Shocking Blue.

Today, the band has shared new single ‘Heavy Syrup‘, and say of it, “The song Heavy Syrup considers that the red barn murders in Suffolk were in fact an elaborate publicity stunt by Maria Marten herself, substituting blood for a heavy fig syrup. This notorious nineteenth century murder story inspired a particularly nasty spate of 21st century street gangs which have sprung up nationwide. In this television expose, presenters speak to a former member about his experiences within the bosom of the gang.” Watch it below…

Thick Syrup was formed in Leeds in 2013 by Guy, Paul and Tom out of a mutual love of 60s garage, 70s funk and early hard rock, with the intention of creating music outside of the stylistic ballpark of their other more straight up aggro bands Broken Arm, Mob Rulesand Whipping Post.

In 2014 saw the group’s desire to have an organ player fulfilled by the recruitment of Dom Berry (The Static Waves, Ambulance) who has played in a plethora of groups with Guy over the last 25 years, and through 2015 the group solidified into a more coherent sound and their jamming began to give off a feeling of ‘these would be cool songs if we had a singer’.

Not finding anyone quite right in the immediate vicinity of Leeds, the search was cast to friends further afield, and Gemma Fleet, who has played in such groups as The Wharves, Trogons and Kasms entered the picture, completing the jigsaw, answering the riddle and naming the now complete group ‘Thick Syrup’.

Friday 16th February – Leeds – Wharf Chambers w/ Bilge Pump and Rattle
Saturday 17th February – London – Secret Warehouse Party
Friday 16th March – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
Saturday 17 March – Nottingham –  JT Soar

1. Jennifer
2. Heavy Syrup
3. Magic Carpet
4. Stone Grove
5. Boiling Point
6. Llama
7. Grave Robber
8. Lady Anne Arise


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