The band jams out single ‘Woolf Music’ in a haunted woodland.
With its accompanying video, which you can check out above, shot in the low light of Wiltshire’s supposedly haunted woodlands, Thought Forms’ new single ‘Woolf Music’ is a loose psychedelic jam of scatty drum fills and crunchy guitar tones.
This song features on their third album release, Songs About Drowning, and shows them adopt a tighter, more sophisticated approach to songwriting than on their two previous full works. It also sees them move away from the drawn-out, shoegaze-influenced reverb that those albums somewhat featured more of. This single plays counterpart to first single, the equally heavy and atmospheric ‘Forget My Name’, which is also available on Soundcloud.
Thought Forms are currently on tour with the instrumental/math rock band 65daysofstatic, playing at the UK venues of Islington Assembly Hall in London, Marble Factory in Bristol, Plug in Sheffield, the University of Newcastle and the Glasgow School of Art. Tickets and full listings are available for this tour via Thought Forms’ website here. Songs About Drowning is out on November 4.
Headline UK Tour
10/02/2017 Fri UK OXFORD The Cellar
11/02/2017 Sat UK GUILDFORD Boileroom
12/02/2017 Sun UK COLCHESTER Arts Centre
13/02/2017 Mon UK BRIGHTON The Hope
14/02/2017 Tue UK CARDIFF The Moon Club
15/02/2017 Wed UK BRISTOL Exchange
16/02/2017 Thu UK SWINDON Level III
17/02/2017 Fri UK LONDON Shacklewell Arms
18/02/2017 Sat UK HULL Adelphi
19/02/2017 Sun UK LEEDS Headrow House
21/02/2017 Tue UK NEWCASTLE Cluny
22/02/2017 Wed UK MANCHESTER Soup Kitchen
23/02/2017 Thu UK STOURBRIDGE Scary Canary
24/02/2017 Fri UK LEICESTER Firebug
Thought Forms have announced a UK tour, which kicks off in February 2017. The band will release its 3rd studio album on Invada Records, November 2016.
Thought Forms will support the legendary Bob Mould on his forthcoming UK tour.
Thought Forms announce third record Songs About Drowning and share lead single Forget My Name.
For this latest outing, the Wiltshire trio have expanded to a quartet, with producer and Portishead bassist Jim Barr joining the ranks.
The record is built upon improvisations and explores new instruments – it’s a marked change from what’s come before, but arguably their most direct and streamlined release to date. Forget My Name certainly teases a quietly vicious side to Thought Forms, with silvery layers of noise weaving between gorgeous vocal harmonies.
Songs About Drowning is released via Invada Records on 4 November.
Thought Forms are set to extensively across the UK and Europe this autumn with 65daysofstatic.
Listen to Forget My Name below.
Forget My Name
By The Stars
Bristol-based noise champions, Thought Forms, will hit the road with 65daysofstatic this autumn, coinciding with the release of the band’s latest magnificent album.
17/10/2016 Mon NETHERLANDS TILBURG O13
18/10/2016 Tue FRANCE DUNKERQUE Les 4 Ecluses
19/10/2016 Wed FRANCE PARIS Badaboum
20/10/2016 Thu FRANCE BESANCON La Rodia
21/10/2016 Fri SWITZERLAND GENEVA Usine (PTR)
22/10/2016 Sat SWITZERLAND NYON La Parenthèse
24/10/2016 Mon SPAIN BARCELONA Razzmatazz 2
25/10/2016 Tue SPAIN MADRID But
26/10/2016 Wed PORTUGAL PORTO Hard Club
27/10/2016 Thu PORTUGAL LISBON Musicbox
28/10/2016Fri SPAIN VIGO MARCO (Museo de Arte Contemporánea)
29/10/2016 Sat SPAIN ZARAGOZA Las Armas
01/11/2016 Tue FRANCE CANNES MJC Picaud
02/11/2016 Wed ITALY BOLOGNA Locomotiv
03/11/2016 Thu ITALY ROME Monk
04/11/2016 Fri ITALY MILAN Magnolia
05/11/2016 Sat ITALY VENICE Spazio Aereo
06/11/2016 Sun GERMANY MÜNCHEN Kranhalle
07/11/2016 Mon AUSTRIA VIENNA WUK
08/11/2016 Tue CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE MeetFactory
09/11/2016 Wed GERMANY BERLIN C-Theatre
10/11/2016 Thu GERMANY HAMBURG Uebel & Gefährlich
11/11/2016 Fri NETHERLANDS AMSTERDAM Q-Factory
12/11/2016 Sat NETHERLANDS MAASTRICHT Muziekgieterij
13/11/2016 Sun BELGIUM BRUSSELS Botanique
14/11/2016 Mon UK LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
15/11/2016 Tue UK BRISTOL Marble Factory
16/11/2016 Wed UK SHEFFIELD Plug
17/11/2016 Thu UK NEWCASTLE University
18/11/2016 Fri UK GLASGOW Art School
We pleased to announce that Thought Forms will be joining Marmozets on their UK tour in February, you can catch them at the following cities :
18/02/2015 – Wedgewood Rooms | Portsmouth UK
19/02/2015 – Electric Ballroom | London UK
20/02/2015 – The Fleece | Bristol UK
21/02/2015 – Rescue Rooms | Nottingham UK
23/02/2015 – Academy 3 | Manchester UK
24/02/2015 – Garage | Glasgow UK
25/02/2015 – Riverside | Newcastle UK
27/02/2015 – Beckett Student’s Union | Leeds UK
28/02/2015 – The Library At The Institute | Birmingham UK
More info here
Silver Kiss is a track from Thought Forms’ split LP with Esben And The Witch, released in 2014 on Invada Records, made by the London based artist Rose Goddard.
We’re delighted to announce that this September THIS WILL DESTROY YOU will play an extensive tour of Europe.
Fri 29 Aug UK BRISTOL ArcTanGent Festival
Mon 1 Sep UK GLASGOW Mono
Tue 2 Sep UK MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
Wed 3 Sep UK LONDON Scala
Thu 4 Sep UK BRIGHTON The Haunt
Fri 5 Sep FRANCE PARIS Petit Bain
Sat 6 Sep BELGIUM GHENT Dok
Sun 7 Sep NETHERLANDS MAASTRICHT Bruis Festival
Mon 8 Sep GERMANY HAMBURG Hafenklang
Tue 9 Sep GERMANY BERLIN Bi Nuu
Wed 10 Sep GERMANY LEIPZIG Conne Island
Fri 12 Sep DENMARK AARHUS Postfest
Sun 14 Sep GERMANY BIELEFELD Forum
Mon 15 Sep CZECH REPUBLIC PRAGUE Rock Cafe
Wed 17 Sep POLAND WARSAW Klub Hydrozagadka
Thu 18 Sep SLOVAKIA BRATISLAVA Batelier Club
Fri 19 Sep NETHERLANDS TILBURG Incubate
Sat 20 Sep SWITZERLAND ST. GALLEN Grabenhalle
Sun 21 Sep SWITZERLAND FRIBOURG Fri-Son
Mon 22 Sep AUSTRIA INNSBRUCK PMK
Tue 23 Sep ITALY PADOVA Mame
Wed 24 Sep ITALY ROME Circolo degli Artisti
Thu 25 Sep ITALY MILAN Leoncavallo (tickets available on the door)
Fri 26 Sep SWITZERLAND ZURICH Bogen F
Sat 27 Sep GERMANY WIESBADEN Schlachthof
LISTEN/POST: “Dustism” by This Will Destroy You
At the beginning of this month, Geoff Barrow’s Invada Records released a split LP from roster act and Bristol fuzz-rockers Thought Forms and Brighton magickians Esben & The Witch (head here to get hold of it). Now, one of the TF tracks, ‘For The Moving Stars’, has some filmic accompaniment courtesy of recent Invada signing CUTS. In the spirit of the record’s genesis, harking back to early Sub Pop splits (“think of those heady early days where you’d get Mudhoney and Sonic Youth covering one another on either side of a 7″, aka record collector heaven”, as Invada say), the clip is inspired by skate videos of yesteryear and opens with archive footage of Bristol luminary Spex skating across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, before cutting to the man today making his way round his home city. Invada and CUTS have kindly given us a first look at the video, which you can watch above, while the label’s Redg Weeks fills us in on the full back story below:
“I first became aware of a lanky skateboarder called Spex in the mid 80s while skateboarding in south Bristol. The skating trend had sailed over the Atlantic from the States and was in full swing by around 1987. Spex was a ridiculous talent and was known all over the south-west of England and further. On days where the cream of San Francisco’s skateboarding community would come over for exhibition shows – Spex would turn up and not only rival them but put most to shame… The entire Bristol skate scene was huge and the worship all us teenagers had for this individual was unmatched for anyone else.
“Up until around ’86 my music tastes were simply HEAVY METAL – nothing more nothing less – it was all about Van Halen, Motörhead, Judas Priest and of course Maiden. When the skate scene started to take over my world in between school and sleeping, I began to see imported VHS videos coming from the States. Videos like ‘Streets On Fire’ introduced me to to a new form of music I’d not really known of: hardcore. Bands like Black Flag, Firehose, Minutemen, Blast, etc, became the mainstay of my listening and from that moment introduced me to all kinds of alternative music.
“When I heard the Thought Forms track ‘For The Moving Stars’, I wanted to have a skate video to accompany it; it immediately conjured up images of kids on the West Coast of America skating along to an early Hüsker Dü or Sonic Youth track – I mentioned this to Geoff and he was in agreement, but we didn’t know what to shoot or who to get involved. Geoff asked me what Spex was up to nowadays – in a weird twist of fate, my kids and his go to the same school – but I hadn’t actually seen him in years. I tracked his number down from a mutual friend and then set up a meeting between us with Invada’s latest signing CUTS, who not makes music but incredible videos too. Spex, despite having serious skating injuries over the past year, was obliging when we played him the track.
Invada Records is pleased to announce the release of a split LP between Brighton’s Esben and the Witch and elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers Thought Forms, due for release April 7th. It comes off the back of critically lauded outings from both acts last year – the former with Wash the Sins Not Only the Face and the latter with Ghost Mountain.
Recalling 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”, aka record collector heaven – it’s the perfect manifestation of both acts’ prodigious and earnest approach to touring: a collection of songs forged with the drama and meticulous craft that come from the trial and error of weeks spent on the road testing new material.
Esben’s side immediately reaches a fever pitch as ‘No Dog’ drags itself up from the primordial ooze of Sonic Youth’s early years mastery of cacophony and dissonance, underpinned by the volatile rhythmic propulsion of Fugazi or Hoover. The lone voice left unadorned in the eye of the storm comes from bassist and vocalist Rachel Davies, who summons up the fiery catharsis of Chelsea Wolfe or Sharon Van Etten. The trio’s other contribution here, ‘Butoh’, pursues an altogether more tribal path, kicking up a fury and intensity rarely matched this side of the pond these days.
Thought Forms find an equally cathartic voice across their four songs, but achieve it by totally different means: dressing their tracks up with the swirling swathes of guitar you’d expect from the dreamier edges of the ‘80s US lexicon. ‘For the Moving Stars’ jolts forward from the off with the sort of driving, hypnotic lead lines you’d expect from J Mascis, that is were he armed with Steve Turner’s pedal collection. ‘Your Bones’, meanwhile, is a disarming slow-burner that creeps its way into the back of your mind, erupting from what could have been an early Low cut into an uphill battle against tumbling drums and guitars that crackle like a bonfire on a crisp Autumn night.
In an age where music – outside of healthy fetishist niches – feels more and more dominated by digital formats, the LP serves as a love letter to shelves and record store bins stacked with hidden gems. If the music is anything to go by though, this is far from bargain basement fodder.
1. Thought Forms – ‘Your Bones’
2. Thought Forms – ‘Sound of Violence’
3. Thought Forms – ‘For the Moving Stars’
4. Thought Forms – ‘Silver Kiss’
1. Esben and the Witch – ‘No Dog’
2. Esben and the Witch – ‘Butoh’
LittleBig’s latest signing Thought Forms has been confirmed to support 65daysofstatic on a string of very special shows in Europe. 65daysofstatic will be performing their debut album The Fall of Math in its entirety, with Thought Forms as the main and only support act.