We believe in the nature of totality (BRahma) and try to create music from a place of sincere recognition using universal cosmic laws of empathy, compassion and physiological relation. We do not write music to fit a GENRE. We produce what we feel, and never to fit into social norms of what is ‘cool’. If you judge our music to be DOOM or METAL or ALT. etc., that judgment is a limitation of what we are doing – and you are trying to organize AIR, DIRT, EARTH, WATER. WE are driven by COUNTRY, CLASSICAL, ROOTS ROCK, JAZZ, ROOTS REGGAE, BRITISH INVASION.
We have been busy figuring out the order and tempos – compositions are already complete and we are just tweaking what we already know. We might even have an acoustic song on the next record, for I Need Sleep.
The progress is slow and exciting, the process is something familiar but easier this time around. We are hitting the road to record with Steve Albini this month — and will stop along the way to do a few impromptu gigs.
Big up to Jennifer ‘Jenncity’ Arroyo for getting on BIG BROTHER. She has been a supporter of our band for many years — always plays our tunes when DJ’in – and is an all around badass chick! We wish her mad luck and know she will win that whole deal.
Pigs shut down TTH’s set on Thursday June 21. Summer solstice. We got through BUILDING UNDER ICE and DR. REED before they pulled the plug.
Same week Gavin got a NO SEATBELT ticket WHILE WEARING A FUCKING SEATBELT. Same week a BUILDING AUTHORITY bangs on ELECTRIC GAVINLAND STUDIOS so see whats going on in there while elicit smells permeated the air.
WE ARE IN A POLICE STATE. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY THIS MONIKER ‘FREEDOM’. IT IS A LIE.
We are not free to rock. We are free to do things within the confines of the law. This sucks. I do not enjoy this kind of paradigm, as I work daily to enlighten and uplift my experiences here on earth.
As NWA said a while back, when I had pimples and wore a denim sleeveless over a leather MC – F*&% THE POLICE!
Photo by Max Sequiera
Listening to Oceans Rise at the office this morning. I have to say it again, what a great fucking record. Definitely looking forward to some new stuff.
Whoever is reading this – we would like to thank you for your choice in surrendering your valuable time to engage in our realm of the creative sphere. Thinning the Herd consists of three full time musicians with little choice but to make music for little monetary gain. Luckily we all have a support system and work constantly, Rick does a lot of booking bands and working the bar at different clubs here in NYC, while Wes is a waiter and does a lot of engineering and producing of bands he knows from back home, in Nashville, Tenn. I (Gavin) work at a college teaching people how to draw and paint, as well as manage and produce TTH – and take care of my daughter, and wife.
We are blessed to engage you all in the finest blues music we can deliver. Some of you think our music is heavy metal, it is not metal. We are heavy, yeah — but heavy in the way Mountain or James Brown was heavy. We dig heavy music, but do not include ourselves in the ranks of the metal world at all. Metal has become GLAM. Doom has become GLAM. It is all rotten, the best thing is to be true to self and produce what you like.
We don’t like hair metal, glam or poser shit. We write from the heart, with John Lee Hooker, Al Green, Cro Mags, SLayer, Crumbsucker, DRI, AC/DC, Cream etc. all mixed in our collective subconscious. We don’t try to be dark and heavy. We like classical and country music and enjoy spiritual balance. If we hear something heavy, we will listen and usually like it. If it sounds like Mastodon, chances are we will not enjoy it – unless we know the people in the band. We think metal is out of control, and too many derivatives of Black metal permeate the essence of what was once cool.
That said — I will write here from time to time – because I love to write. If you read this — message us on Facebook and we will shout you out. http://www.facebook.com/THINNINGTHEHERD
June 12 – RBAR NYC
June 22 – Under the BQE Parking Lot
July 30 – Aug 5 Tour
August 24th – Mercury Lounge