Glasgow’s Thula Borah are eager to share their expansive sound with the rest of the world as they gear up for the release of their six track EP, Near Life Experience, out on 27th January 2017 via Kill Jester Records.
The band’s track Confabulation premiered on Stereogum and is now available to download for free on Thula Borah’s Soundcloud page.
Putting down a marker for all rock bands in 2017, Thula Borah have produced one of the best records your likely to hear all year, creating a sound that defies any one genre; switching seamlessly from post-rock, post-hardcore and dream-pop to grunge, indie-rock and emo. Indeed, Thula Borah have taken post-hardcore sensibilities and fuzzed out, meaty riffs and amalgamated them with catchy hooks that demand your attention. Opening track ‘Analysis Paralysis’ combines chiming guitar riffs with heavy distortion, atmospherically enveloping the listener in ways that bands such as And So I Watch You From Afar, Yndi Halda and Explosions In The Sky achieve so well. Official single The Psychopath Test recalls the feedback-laden stylings of Hum, while ‘Confabulation’ has all the immediacy of an indie-rock classic; a track the likes of Silversun Pickups would be proud. The second half of the record is more subtle, introspective, as the band play with a lo-fi sound and simple acoustics, creating an ambience that draws parallels with the quieter elements of bands such as The Appleseed Cast, Moving Mountains and Dads.
Hailing from Glasgow the band initially started when Lloyd James Fay (guitar/vocals) and Matthew Williams (bass/vocals) began jamming with a drum machine in 2009 before becoming a fully fledged band in 2010 when Kevin Heimann (guitar) became a full time member. The current line-up was complete when Michael O’Rourke (drums) was introduced to the band by a friend and Thula Borah haven’t looked back since, picking up support from BBC Radio Scotland as well as playing festivals such as Jocktoberfest in Inverness and Manchester’s Indie Week Europe. The band will be aiming to play more festivals in 2017 on the back of their impressively brilliant EP release, which is sure to capture new supporters in the industry and beyond.
Near Life Experience by Thula Borah is set for release on 27th January 2017 via Kill Jester Records.