Nick Thorburn performing with Islands in Stockholm, 2012.
|Also known as||Nick Thorburn
27 November 1981 |
Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
|Genres||Indie rock, indie pop|
|Associated acts||The Unicorns
Th' Corn Gangg
Nicholas Thorburn (born 27 November 1981) is a Canadian musician originally from Campbell River. He has fronted numerous bands such as The Unicorns, Th' Corn Gangg, Islands, Reefer, and Human Highway. Thorburn occasionally goes by the stage name "Nick Diamonds".
Thorburn was born in 1981 in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, which he says has influenced his songwriting. Nature, in particular whales, are a subject of interest; his lyrics include references to rivers, swans and frogs. He also had a formative experience in a visit, along with his father, to see the killer whale Luna; his memories of the visit became an influential part of Islands' debut album Return to the Sea.
His vocals have been noted as a distinguishing feature of The Unicorns and Islands. His production technique involves dark personification over enjoyable music, though he is "usually wary of composing dance tracks." This contrast is observed in his live performance as well.
In 2005, he co-wrote with Adam Gollner the satirical charity song "Do They Know It's Hallowe'en?" organizing the collaboration of many artists. He guest performed on Les Savy Fav's 2007 album Let's Stay Friends. Reefer, his collaborative album with producer Daddy Kev as Reefer, was released on Alpha Pup Records in 2008.
Thorburn has made an album with Honus Honus (aka Ryan Kattner) of the band Man Man: "One thing that has been floated around is Honus Honus from Man Man and I making a record in a new (sub)genre we are developing, called Doom Wop, which is essentially low frequency, and extremely slowed down music atop traditional doo wop harmonies. Or something." The project, called Mister Heavenly, also involves drummer Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse and The Black Heart Procession and has had actor Michael Cera playing bass on the tour.
- Unicorns Are People Too with Alden Penner & Jamie Thompson as The Unicorns (2003)
- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? with Alden Penner & Jamie Thompson as The Unicorns (2003)
- Return to the Sea as Islands (2006)
- Arm's Way as Islands (2008)
- Reefer with Daddy Kev as Reefer (2008)
- Moody Motorcycle with Jim Guthrie as Human Highway (2008)
- Vapours as Islands (2009)
- Out of Love with Honus Honus & Joe Plummer as Mister Heavenly (2011)
- I Am an Attic solo album as Nick Diamonds (2011)
- A Sleep & A Forgetting as Islands (2012)
- Ski Mask as Islands (2013)
- Busdriver - "Happy Insider" from Jhelli Beam (2009)
- Nocando - "You Got Some Nerve" from Jimmy the Lock (2010)
- Buck 65 - "Gee Whiz" from 20 Odd Years (2011)
- Fat Tony & Tom Cruz - "Bad Habits" from Double Dragon (2012)
- El-P - "Stay Down" from Cancer 4 Cure (2012)
- Everyday Is Like Sunday (2013) - actor
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