MELKSHAM band Thought Forms are embarking on their biggest tour to date next month, playing 30 gigs in 11 countries, as they get set to release their new album.
The young band, who met at George Ward School and played their first gig at the Parson’s Nose in 2004, say they are releasing their ‘best work yet’ next month in new album ‘Songs About Drowning’.
In support of 65daysofstatic, Thought Forms will start their tour in Bristol on 15th October then play 30 gigs in 11 countries from France to the Czech Republic over the following five weeks.
Guitarist and singer Charlie Romijn tells Melksham News, “We’re extremely excited to release Songs About Drowning and to play our new songs live and perform in countries we’ve never played in before. This will be the longest and most intense tour that we’ve ever done.
“We’ve been working on the new album for over a year and a half so it’s great to finally be able to share the first single with the world and tell people about it. We’re really proud of it, it’s our best work yet.”
The first single from the album, ‘Forget My Name’, has already been released and is available to listen online at www.thought-forms.co.uk
The band has also expanded this year; after spending nearly 12 years as a three piece – Charlie and Deej Dhariwal on guitars and Guy Metcalfe the drummer – they have now been joined by bassist Jim Barr, part of popular Bristol band Portishead.
Charlie said, “We really enjoyed working with Jim as producer on our last two records and this time the songs we were writing were more expansive so we felt, for the first time, that we had space for a bass player.
“His playing is so intuitive and he connects with us in a way that is quite unique. We’re very close as a trio and there aren’t many people that we’d allow into the creative process, so finding someone who we trust in that way is very lucky. We never wanted to limit ourselves to two guitars and drums; we follow the music where it takes us!
“Songs About Drowning is a definite evolution from what we’ve done before but in quite an organic way.
“It’s much more ‘song’ based than our previous albums, which were more improvisational. A lot more emphasis has been put on the lyrics and there are a lot more words in there than ever before. The sound is darker and richer, too.”
The band, who all work to support their lives as musicians, are running a pledge campaign to help fund their expenses on the tour. The campaign lets fans buy a huge range of music and unique merchandise in exchange for varying donations of money.
Find out more at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thought-forms
Read about the band or listen to their new music at www.thought-forms.co.uk