Recently joining stablemates Nine Black Alps as the latest addition to Leeds-based Hatch Records (ex-Brew Records), Chorley-based six piece Then Thickens are pleased to announce that they will be releasing their debut album 'Death Cap At Anglezarke' on 5th May.
The band have already revealed the first song taken from the album 'Restart Your Heart', which was released digitally on 2nd December and was championed heavily by Steve Lamacq while fellow 6 Music DJs Jarvis Cocker, Gideon Coe and Huw Stephens collectively lost their marbles over it too. The track was accompanied by an authentically retro VHS filmed video inspired by Celebrity Squares.
Those with keen observational powers may remember front man Jon-Lee Martin from the vaguely terrifying masked noise-mob KONG who released their one and only album 'Snake Magnet' in 2009 on Brew Records. Originally starting life as a home studio project from Martin, after some encouragement from close friend Jorma Vik from The Bronx a series of lo-fi recordings appeared online, which proved to be a prototype for the current Then Thickens incarnation.
Now years later and with a full band behind him, which includes former Rolo Tomassi member Joseph Thorpe on bass, Then Thickens are now ready to take things further with their full sound of lo-fi pop meets American rock.
Following support slots with Biffy Clyro (whose Simon Neil recently praised the band's "Dirge-y pop music") and Mariachi El Bronx, the sextet will be hitting the road hard in 2014 with some exciting tour support dates and festival appearances soon to be announced - eyes peeled for updates.
'Death Cap At Anglezarke' is scheduled for release 5th May 2014 via Hatch Records.
Then Thickens are:
13/3/14 - Night & Day, Manchester (headline show)
03/5/14 - Live At Leeds, Leeds
Listen to 'Restart Your Heart' here: