Today, Brighton trio Thyla are announcing their long-awaiting debut album. Self-titled, it will be released via Easy Life Records on Jan 28th, 2022. The band are also sharing the record’s lead single “Gum” which was given its premiere by Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 last night, who said: “They are sounding so confident, so strong – they feel like one of the best bands about for me at the moment. If Gum is anything to go by [the debut album] is going to be a huge statement piece to watch out for.”
Thyla will also headline The Waiting Room, London, on 16th Feb 2022. Tickets are available here.
Thyla are a band that have regularly found their creative impulse heightened by a sense of heaviness and burden. Their music focusses on a journey that seems to be getting harder rather than easier, often highlighting struggles with how we attach identity and value to ourselves, and the sneaking feeling that the more we learn, the less we know.
In new single “Gum” there is a real feeling of the band willing themselves forward. In what is in fact the album’s opening lyric, singer Millie Duthie offers “I’ve been thinking about growing myself new skin”. It is a line that simultaneously seems to suggest that as that journey gets harder, their skin gets thicker, as well as a metaphor for finding freedom in shedding the negativity that can lurk beneath the surface of us all. “Gum” is a powerful opening statement that casts aside unconstructiveness and reels in positive engagement. She expands below:
“Gum is about shrugging the weight of the world off your shoulders – being stuck, knowing it, and choosing not to care. The world is weird; life is confusing. You’re not always going to get what you want, but let’s stop talking about it.”
Pre-order the album here.
Listen to “Gum” on DSPs here