Thrum (band)

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Origin Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Indie rock
Years active 1992–1995, 2011–present
Labels Fire
Past members Monica Queen
Johnny Smillie
Dave McGowan
Gary Johnston

Thrum are an indie rock band from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, formed in 1992. They released four singles and an album before splitting up in 1995. Singer Monica Queen went on to a solo career. Since 2011, Thrum have reformed, releasing a new album, available on iTunes through PRA Records.


The band was formed in 1992 by Johnny Smillie (guitar, vocals), Dave McGowan (bass guitar, vocals), Gary Johnston (drums), and Monica Queen (vocals, guitar).[1] Smillie had met Queen while she was singing in a youth theatre performance of Godspell, and she had previously sung in a Christian rock band.[2] Smillie was strongly influenced by Neil Young while Queen cited Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette as influences.[2]

They signed to Fire Records at the start of 1993, and Fire issued their début self-titled EP in April 1993. Singles "So Glad" (which they performed on The Word) and "Here I Am" were critically well-received, and they recorded their début album Rifferama in San Francisco.[2] "Purify" was taken from the album as the band's final single; They split up in 1995. Queen guested on Belle & Sebastian's "Lazy Line Painter Jane" single in 1997, recorded duets with The Jayhawks, Grant Lee Buffalo and Shane MacGowan, and performed with Snow Patrol in Glasgow (June 2010). Queen signed to Creeping Bent as a solo artist (with Smillie still on guitar), releasing an EP in 2000 and an album in 2002.[1]

Since 2011, Thrum have been reformed, releasing a new album, Elettrorama on April of the same year, available to download on iTunes. The band played at T in the Park in Kinross on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Thrum graced the T Break Stage, playing old favourites like So Glad and Here I am, and some material from their well-received new release, Elettrorama.



  • Rifferama (1994), Fire
  • Elettorama (2011), PRA

Singles, EPs[edit]

  • Thrum EP (1993), Fire
  • "So Glad" (1994), Fire
  • "Here I Am" (1994), Fire
  • "Purify" (1994), Fire


  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2003) The Great Indie Discography, Canongate, ISBN 1-84195-335-0, p. 1028-9
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) "Thrum", in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0231-3, p. 440