Thames is a four member rock band based out of St. Louis, Missouri. These young musicians, all students (three college and one high school), play local shows around the St. Louis area and have quickly attracted a following. Their sound is a mix of funky soul type rock n' roll similar to Alabama Shakes with even some dramatic rock influences like Muse and Queens of the Stoneage. Their four-song debut album Limbo has an impressive full, multi-dimensional sound with standout performances from each member. Each song sounds completely different and could stand on its own although the album flows nicely.
The album started with “Hummingbird” which instantly got my attention with a long intricate guitar intro and catching melodies. It ended up being my favorite track on the album.The lead vocals have a classic rock gritty quality which sounded perfect with the full-bodied instrumental background. The song had a high production quality and sounded crisp and clear. I loved the harmonies and jam band style instrumental breaks. The bluesy feel of the guitar and bass made it a standout track.
“Memory” had more of a rock sound and I was again impressed by the rich sound. The lyrics are complex and deal with love and loss, perfect components for a good rock n’ roll song. With interesting guitar solos, smooth bass lines and aggressive drums, this song establishes Thames as a band that deserves a place in the music scene.
Slowing it down a bit was “Nostalgic Friction” which is a softer, more subdued track with intricate vocal melodies and pretty guitar riffs. It still has a very concentrated sound, taking on a more ambient vibe than the other tracks. Ending the album was “Tesseracts” which was a bit more dramatic with a combative rock sound with intense vocals and repetitive guitar chords.
Limbo is a striking debut. The well thought out arrangements and talented instrumental performances mixed with professional production value contribute to an overall lavish sound. With its members being so young, it makes me look forward to the evolution of Thames’ sound and I expect more impressive EPs in the future.
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