Brighton duo Thrillhouse, release the intimate yet expansive new album ‘Something About This Place’, released August 25th.
Showcasing their electrifying Alternative-Indie-come-Alternative-Country tendencies, the album further delivers on the unique sonic approach which has seen the band garner widespread acclaim from musical luminaries such as KEXP, Radio X (John Kennedy), and BBC Introducing. The brainchild of duo Sam Strawberry and Jack Nielsen, Thrillhouse gained their name as a humorous and nostalgic nod to an old Simpsons episode, but digging a little deeper, the name also evokes the yearning of being stuck in an increasingly bleak present whilst being rooted in a fragmented and pretend past.
Now releasing their hotly anticipated debut album ‘Something About This Place’, the band describe the 11 track release as: “A hark back to childhood – to simpler times, before ambition, failure and regret wrapped us up with our dreams and tossed us crashing back down to Earth.”
Capturing a melancholic sincerity tinged with wry humor within the captivating lyricism, the band’s stylistic sound shines across the album. Heartfelt and honest vocal delivery comparable to Matt Berninger glides above intricate musical backdrops of driving drums, warming, intertwining guitar tones, sparkling synths and melodic hooks to create spellbinding, genre-bending soundscapes. Comparable to The National, Nick Cave and The War On Drugs, Thrillhouse boldly challenges the boundaries of contemporary Indie music with a post-punk flare and alternative undertones.
The new lead track ‘Big Tree’ is a perfect representation of the band’s approach, blending melancholic beauty with intricate musical ideas and an underlying sense of driving energy.
Speaking about the album, the band explain: “The concept for the album came about on a cold night in Sam’s pokey little flat trading childhood stories with Jack to the soundtrack of ‘Born In The USA’. They dusted off the lid, opened the box and began plucking out memories for a hit of that bittersweet nostalgia. Whilst focussing on reminiscing their childhood, each tune laments the time, energy and love spent on a seemingly fruitless endeavour of pursuing music.
Writing ‘Something About This Place’ was an acceptance of things past, a letting go, que sera sera “what will be, will be” and all that. Perhaps we’re still grasping. There’s no glamour in it – looking back. The world certainly wasn’t purer. But ours felt bluer, brighter and maybe something has been lost, left behind.”
With a whole host of press and radio support already under their belt including the likes of KEXP (track of the day twice), Radio X (John Kennedy) ,BBC Introducing, Atwood Magazine, Clout, The Revue and Echoes and Dust, the duo have built a feverish anticipation which permeates into their live shows having played sell out shows across the UK. With an upcoming UK tour on the horizon, the band have their sights set on a big end to 2023.
SOURCE: Official Bio