Thank You Scientist

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Thank You Scientist
Thank You Scientist photographed Satans Hollow - Manchester UK. Left to right: Ben Karas, Tom Monda, Faye Fadem, Salvatore Marrano, Sam Greenfield and Joe Gullace
Thank You Scientist photographed Satans Hollow - Manchester UK. Left to right: Ben Karas, Tom Monda, Faye Fadem, Salvatore Marrano, Sam Greenfield and Joe Gullace
Background information
OriginMontclair, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active2009–present
LabelsEvil Ink
MembersSalvatore Marrano
Tom Monda
Cody McCorry
Ben Karas
Faye Fadem
Sam Greenfield
Joe Gullace
Past membersJames Robbins
Russ Lynch
Greg Colacino
George Marzloff
Ellis Jasenovic
Andrew Digrius
Odin Alvarez

Thank You Scientist is an American progressive rock band from Montclair, New Jersey.[1] Their debut studio album Maps of Non-Existent Places[2] was named the Revolver "Album of the Week" in October 2014.[3] Their second album Stranger Heads Prevail was released in July 2016. Their third album Terraformer was released in June 2019.


Thank You Scientist was formed at the New Jersey Montclair State University's music program, when guitar player Tom Monda met saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpet player Andrew Digrius. Their musical taste for Frank Zappa, Harry Nilsson, the Beatles and Mahavishnu Orchestra would later become an influence and a seed for Thank You Scientist.

In 2009 vocalist Salvatore Marrano (former vocalist of New Jersey rock band "Hello Eden"), bass player Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violin player Russ Lynch joined the band, which became the original lineup for Thank You Scientist. The band self-released their "The Perils of Time Travel" EP in 2011, followed shortly after by their first full-length album "Maps of Non-Existent Places" in 2012. This album caught the attention of Claudio Sanchez, vocalist and guitarist for the progressive metal/rock group Coheed and Cambria and founder of Evil Ink Records, who brought band to the label as its first signed act.[4] A music video for "My Famed Disappearing Act" was released in August 2014.[5]

The deal opened multiple doors for the band, which soon started touring with Periphery in 2015, and with Coheed and Cambria later that year.[6] a 2015 tour with Periphery[7] Bass player Greg Colacino left the band that year, and was temporarily replaced by James Robbins and later on by Cody McCorry of Karmic Juggernaut.[8] Touring put new pressure on the band, which announced on September 2017 that Odin Alvarez, Ellis Jasenovic, and Andrew Digrius would leave the band, and were to be replaced by Faye Fadem on drums, Sam Greenfield on sax, and Joe Gullace on trumpet.[9] In 2017 their song "Psychopomp" was included in Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps show "Jagged Line".

They announced their next album, Terraformer, on April 5, 2019 and released the first single off that album, "FXMLDR" (pronounced as “Fox Mulder” and inspired by the television series The X-Files), on April 13. The album was released June 14, 2019.[10] The band also released a video for "FXMLDR" made with solar equipment and in conjunction with Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps.

Musical style[edit]

Their musical style has been described as progressive rock,[1][11] progressive metal,[12] and jazz fusion.[11]


  • Salvatore Marrano – vocals (2009–present)
  • Tom Monda – electric guitar, fretless guitar, shamisen, sitar, vocals, synth, producer (2009–present)
  • Ben Karas – electric violin (2013–present)
  • Cody McCorry – bass, theremin, saw (2015–present)[13]
  • Faye Fadem – drums (2017–present)[14]
  • Sam Greenfield – saxophone (2017–present)
  • Joe Gullace – trumpet (2017–present)

Past members

  • Ellis Jasenovic – saxophone (2009–2017)
  • Andrew Digrius – trumpet, flugelhorn (2009–2017)[15]
  • Odin Alvarez – drums (2009–2017)
  • Greg Colacino – bass (2009–2015)
  • Russ Lynch – violin, viola, mandolin (2009–2013)
  • George Marzloff – keyboards (2009–2010)
  • James Robbins – bass (2015)



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions[16]
US Hard Rock US Rock
Maps of Non-Existent Places 25 4 14 48
Stranger Heads Prevail
  • Released: July 29, 2016[20]
  • Label: Evil Ink
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
193 14 3 14
  • Released: June 14, 2019
  • Label: Evil Ink
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
73 15 8


Title EP details
The Perils of Time Travel
  • Released: January 10, 2011[21]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Title EP details
Plague Accommodations
  • Released: November 19, 2021[22]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Single details
  • Released: April 12, 2019[23]
  • Label: Evil Ink[24]
  • Formats: Digital release
  • Released: May 9,2019[25][26]
  • Label: Evil Inc
  • Formats: Digital Release
  • Released: June 6, 2019[27]
  • Label: Evil Inc[28]
  • Formats: Digital Release
Party All the Time
  • Released: November 12, 2019[29]
  • Label: Evil Inc
  • Formats: Digital Release


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  2. ^ Neilstein, Vince (September 9, 2014). "Thank You Scientist Want to Show You Their "Famed Disappearing Act"". MetalSucks. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Album of the Week: Thank You Scientist, 'Maps of Non-Existent Places'". Revolver. October 6, 2014. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Evil Ink signs Thank You Scientist". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Thank You Scientist Bio". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  6. ^ Oswald, Derek (September 25, 2014). "Thank You Scientist: "You Can Really Do Whatever You Want Musically"". AltWire. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  7. ^ "Facebook announcement". Retrieved October 18, 2018.,
  8. ^ "Facebook announcement". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  9. ^ "Official announcement – Facebook". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  10. ^ Ewing, Jerry (April 12, 2019). "Thank You Scientist premiere video for new song FXMLDR with Prog". Prog. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Blum, Jordan (June 7, 2019). "Stronger Hooks Prevail with Thank You Scientist's Latest Video, "Swarm" (premiere)". PopMatters. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  12. ^ Olivier, Bobby (October 13, 2016). "25 N.J. bands that you need to hear right now". Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  13. ^ "Cody McCory replaces James Robbins as bassist for Thank You Scientist". Facebook. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Drummer for Thank You Scientist, Faye Fadem, comes out as transgender". Facebook. October 19, 2020.
  15. ^ "Thank You Scientist". Facebook. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
  16. ^ "Thank You Scientist – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  17. ^ Bowar, Chad (August 13, 2014). "Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez Launches New Label". Loudwire. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  18. ^ "Thank You Scientist (Evil Ink Records), "My Famed Disappearing Act" video premiere". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  19. ^ "Maps of Non-Existent Places – Thank You Scientist – Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  20. ^ Brennan, Collin (July 22, 2016). "Stream: Thank You Scientist's wild ride of an prog rock album, Stranger Heads Prevail". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  21. ^ "The Perils of Time Travel". Bandcamp. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  22. ^ "The Perils of Time Travel". Bandcamp. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  23. ^ Ewing, Jerry. "Thank You Scientist premiere video for new song FXMLDR with Prog". Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  24. ^ "Thank You Scientist - FXMLDR [Official Audio]". Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  25. ^ "Thank You Scientist - Terraformer (Official Music Video)". Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  26. ^ Maxwell, Jackson. "Thank You Scientist Premiere New Song, "Terraformer"". Retrieved June 16, 2021.
  27. ^ "Swarm". Retrieved June 16, 2021.