New single from Then Thickens. The single is Heaven Alive, taken from their latest album, Colic and will be released on August 19th, the video was filmed by singer and chief songwriter Jon Lee and takes place in the back garden of his Chorley home surrounded by the bands friends and families.
Chorley’s Then Thickens have announced a new single from 2015’s epic & intimate album ‘Colic’. A sprawling yet remarkable & poignant record, ‘Colic’ is a refined album which follows their 2014 debut, the acclaimed ‘Death Cap at Anglezarke’. The album takes in the real life experiences of frontman Jon-Lee Martin and interweaves it with characters and dark and ominous stories. An album that perfectly balances light and shade, the record is as uplifting as it is gripping.
Heaven Alive premiered on Clash yesterday – http://www.clashmusic.com/news/track-of-the-day-277-then-thickens.
The video is here
Quote from Jon Lee on the video – “I find making videos incredibly uncomfortable , torturous even , it’s the reason I’m in so few of them. The last video ( My Sunday , shot in an abandoned psychiatric hospital over 4 days ) was a god damn nightmare for tender nerves. I was dipping my toe and a vicious, dog sized, piranha bit my leg clean off. After that I said I’d only make another video if we did it at my house and for it not to take all bastard day!! I love the result , it’s as honest as the song and I’m up for another go now.”
‘Heaven Alive’ is one such exploration of some of the darkest corners of Jon-Lee’s mind, specifically his struggles with sleep paralysis, he explains: ‘Around the tim
e of writing the album ‘Colic’ I was riddled with it and most days I’d be a walking corpse. Day terrors and hallucinations were common and to some extent, still are. Attempting to remedy this, I became obsessed with sleep promotion, lullabies, in particular, really helped me relax. The album is book ended and covertly stuffed full of these melodies throughout but Heaven alive really evokes that time period perfectly. I forgot my mantra’
A slow burning mass of piano, guitars, drums and those same lullaby melodies sits underneath Jon-Lee’s vocals as ‘Heaven Alive’ builds and builds to a crashing end. ‘Heaven Alive’ taken from the album ‘Colic’, released on Hatch Records in 2015. The album hones the elements of the bands first record ‘Death Cap At Anglezarke’, to create something more vibrant and epic, but also darker and more honest.
The single’s b-side is a ‘CommeAdore House refix’ of acclaimed single ‘Restart Your Heart’ from the band’s debut album by Thomas Griffin. Then Thickens began as a solo project for frontman Jon-Lee Martin, who previously played with masked noise-mob KONG. Then Thickens became a fully fledged prospect following encouragement from close friend Jorma Vik from The Bronx.
After a series of lo-fi recordings appeared online, Charlie Hartley, Sean Doherty and Thomas Griffin joined the band. Then Thickens have shared stages with luminaries including Biffy Clyro, Nine Black Alps, Vennart, Echo and the Bunnymen and Mariachi El Bronx.
Then Thickens’ latest album has been supported by the Momentum Music Fund. Momentum is managed by PRS for Music Foundation, supported using public funding by National Lottery through Arts Council England, and in association with Spotify. Heaven Alive will be released on Hatch Records on the 19th August.
“A wonderful record” – The Line of Best Fit
“The most triumphant of arrivals” – Gold Flake Paint