Thought Forms – Thought Forms (Invada) 03/08/2009

August 10, 2009 by  

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When a band says they were brought together by a shared love of guitar abuse and pedal worship, sight their influences as Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine and come with an endorsement from Portished’s Geoff Barrow you expect something truly spectacular. Laying down such high expectations are Thought Forms. They are an incredibly young trio form the rural south of England who are not only content on making awe-inspiring music, they each have their own side projects.

Their self titled debut album goes a long way to fulfilling those expectations, and is a remarkable effort from such a young band. Each song is wave upon wave of sonic onslaught, delivered through rows of contorted overdrive pedals. ‘We would be so happy if…’ is a 6 minute epic which begins unobtrusively, then gradually soars dizzying heights then without warning throws you crashing down into a meld of twisted guitars and chaotic drumming.

At the opposite ends of the Thought Forms spectrum is the atmospheric Sunny, a song with little instrumentation just tense and atmospheric sounds, and the frantic Mr Steve Has Eaten You Dog. The latter is underpinned by a heavily distorted riff reminiscent of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Sleep Now in the Fire’ and is an unrelenting tour- de-force, which bends and twists the mind with warped psychotic sounds.

The attempted vocals on ‘Nothing is as Easy as you Think’ unfortunately does not live up to the musicianship on show. Singer Charlie’s lack of vocal prowess at times is a disappointment and is a subsequent annoyance. If only she had the same lyrical and vocal depth as say Cheno from The Deftones or any of the above mentioned bands, then the attempted extra vocal dimension would have as much impact as the guitars. But with such an abundance of tension and emotion being conveyed through the atmospheric tones and crashing bursts of noise it’s a wonder why they bothered included vocals in the first place.

This is truly epic stuff, but will ultimately only sound pleasing to the ears of those already well versed in the ways of shoegaze. As far from the middle-of-the-road pop tripe that spews out from my kitchen radio every morning , Thought Forms debut is a sonic journey through mesmerising expansive soundscapes of desolate wastelands and thunderous shards of noise which lap at the toes of the gods, that should not be missed.

By Chris Cummins

[Rating:4]


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