THICK – Tickets – Cafe Nine – New Haven, CT – December 16th, 2019
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Nikki Sisti (guitar/vocals) - Kate Black (bass/vocals) - Shari Page (drums/vocals)
Born from the DIY/all-ages scene New York, THICK make music with the raw `defiance ofpunk and addictive melodies of pop, punchy and catchy and wildly tongue-in-cheek. Withtheir live show typically spawning a mosh pit described by Stereogum as “more like anaggressive hug,” the Brooklyn-based trio bring an unchecked intimacy to every song whilebuilding a deep and unshakable solidarity with the audience.
The band’s third EP and first release since signing to Epitaph Records, THICK bottles up thereckless energy of their live set and adds new textures to a gloriously scrappy sound they’velabeled “girlwave.” The three-song release also reveals THICK’s particular brand of lyricalgenius: calling out the stupidities of the status quo, and claiming their own space apart fromthe masses. "Each song is its own anthem, showing each of our personalities and the thingswe're dealing with," says Page. To that end, the “So Sick” pokes fun at fashion punks and theirattempts at degenerate glamour, while “Your Mom” delivers what Black calls “a tirade againstall the things your mom said you could or couldn’t do” (e.g., “You’re always late/And don’t begay”). And on “Green Eyes,” THICK turns unpredictably dreamy, the track’s overlappingvocals telegraphing the strange frustration of a partner projecting their emotional baggageonto you.
All originally from New York State, the three members of THICK each followed their owndistinct path into music: Page began playing drums in third grade and later saved up herbabysitting money to buy a used Rockwood drum kit; Sisti got a guitar from her grandmotherin fourth grade, then taught herself to play after sitting through one boring lesson; and Blackstarted out on flute and piccolo as a kid, played keyboards in a band after moving to Brooklyn,and eventually switched to bass (i.e., “the little unsung hero in all of the best songs”). WithSisti and Page forming the band in 2014 and Black joining the lineup two years later, THICKmade their debut with the 2016 EP It’s Always Something… and put out their sophomore EPWould You Rather? in 2018. They also played live as often as they could manage, booking theirown gigs and purposely focusing on DIY venues around New York. “We made so manyfriends with other bands and fans through playing DIY shows,” says Black. “No one was everstressed about turnout because there was a built-in community, regardless of the fact that youwere playing five shows a month.”
Recently featured in a New York Times round-up of “25 bands that prove women are makingthe best rock music today,” THICK point out that connecting with other non-cis-het-malemusicians has been one of the most rewarding aspects of starting out in the DIY scene. And inmaking their shows as inclusive as possible, “What’s incredible to see is how a lot of differentpeople relate to our music,” says Page. The band partly aims to pass their own self-styledbrand of positivity onto the crowd. “There’s always a hint of hopefulness in our music—like,whatever happens, we’ll push through it and it’s all gonna be okay,” says Sisti. Black adds:“Even if the world is caving in, you’ve gotta just take it day by day. It’s good to be angry, butjust remember to keep your head up and keep your friends close.”
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