Thou (American band)

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Thou
OriginBaton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Genres
Years active2005-present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitenoladiy.org/thou/
Members
  • Andy Gibbs
  • Matthew Thudium
  • Mitch Wells
  • Bryan Funck
  • Tyler Coburn
  • KC Stafford
Past members
  • Terry Gulino
  • Josh Nee

Thou is an American sludge metal band formed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2005.[1] The current line-up of the band consists of Bryan Funck (vocals), Andy Gibbs (guitar), Matthew Thudium (guitar), and Mitch Wells (bass).

History[edit]

The band was formed by guitarists Andy Gibbs and Matthew Thudium, bassist Mitch Wells, and drummer Terry Gulino. Thou released their first full-length effort, Tyrant, in 2007 after the arrival of the vocalist Bryan Funck.[1] These were followed by their second studio album Peasant in 2008 and a string of EPs, including Malfeasance Retribution EP (2008), The Retaliation of the Immutable Force of Nature (2008), Through the Empires of the Eternal Void (2009) and Baton Rouge/You Have Much to Answer For (2010). Their third full-length album, Summit was released in 2010.[1]

The band's fourth studio album, Heathen, released in 2014, was met with critical acclaim.[2][3] This album marked the first time in the band's career that the band had featured cleanly sung vocals from collaborator Emily McWilliams.[2] The album was named the best metal album of 2014 by music website Pitchfork.[4] Thou has toured with and collaborated frequently with fellow sludge metal band The Body, whom they most recently collaborated with on the album entitled, You, Whom I Have Always Hated.[5] On 30 October 2020 they released a collaboration album called May Our Chambers Be Full with Emma Ruth Rundle.[6]

Style and artistry[edit]

Thou's style has been labeled as "experimental doom", stoner metal and sludge metal.[1] On the band's style, Allmusic critic Gregory Heaney stated that "the band's sound blends the shuddering heaviness of doom with the oppressive atmospherics of black metal, giving the band a monolithic sound that feels, at times, inescapable."[1]

Thou has taken a DIY approach to touring which has become a defining characteristic of the band and its aesthetic.[2] Thou's lyrics often espouse anarchist views. Thou also has covered artists from various rock music genres, including Nine Inch Nails' "Terrible Lie" (with The Body)[7] and Nirvana songs "Something in the Way", "Sifting", and "Aneurysm".[8]

Band members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Heaney, Gregory. "Thou". Allmusic. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Kelly, Kim. "Thou: Heathen". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  3. ^ Gotrich, Lars. "First Listen: Thou, 'Heathen'". NPR.org. npr. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Stousy, Brandon. "The Best Metal Albums of 2014". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Currin, Grayson. "The Body / Thou You, Whom I Have Always Hated". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Nelson, Michael. "The Body & Thou – "Terrible Lie" (Nine Inch Nails Cover)". Stereogum. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Gotrich, Lars. "About A Song: Thou On Nirvana's 'Something In The Way'". NPR.org. NPR.org. Retrieved 6 February 2015.

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