Thousand Thoughts – Thousand Thoughts (Marshall Records)
Taking cues from the much-loved genres of nu-metal, pop-punk and alt-rock, Enfield-based quartet Thousand Thoughts performed for the very first time together in January 2017 under their original name ‘Elswhere’. Fast forward two years, and their eponymous, bold debut EP is out on Marshall Records, with the band giving a glimpse into what’s to come.
With big sounds and brutally honest lyrics, Thousand Thoughts share shameless similarities to Linkin Park and Bring Me The Horizon, and this sense of familiarity will certainly win them a few quick fans. It will however, work the opposite way to those desperate for something new, as although the sound is most definitely bold, it does not exactly push the boundaries of any of the genres they dip into.
Opening with This One’s For You, the band comes hurtling out of the traps with pristine precision, energized musicianship, and a true sense of purpose stemming from Ethan Smith’s deep, impressive vocals. This sense of resolve continues into Priorities, where the brutal honesty of the band’s struggles and support of mental health awareness becomes apparent, with a maturity beyond their tender years.
At times, the energy of the band can override the emotion of their music, however there is an authenticity about Thousand Thoughts that is truly impressive. These kids sing about what they believe in. They regularly play charity shows to raise awareness of mental health, and they write songs about it. In short, they sing about the world they live in and they have a huge amount of potential.
While, this potential is great, it is also frustrating for the listener due to their real lack of identity and constant flickering between genres. The first three tracks of this EP build towards something Bring Me The Horizon would be proud of, but it then ends with Ignite, a song right out of the rehashed pop punk catalogue, more akin to what a band like Jimmy Eat World would produce. But, 75% is a pretty good start, and this EP gives them a great foundation ahead of their first full length release.