photo by Katey Wilkins
This is fun stuff! Today we meet , The Thingz, and 2 seconds into this you’re going to moving your feet and singing along. That have that garagebeat stomp maddness thing going on , with cowbells!! So dig to the groovy beat , tell your friends about this cool band The Thingz that you heard about on 50thirdand3rd and don’t forget to dance , summer is on it’s way…..
Meet ,The Thingz
for those unfamiliar with your bands history, can you tell us all how you all met up and decided to start a band ?
– the roots of the band go back to the late 90s. Inspired by the Drags and Teengenerate Kim wanted to put together a garage band, so I (Mike) wrote some songs for her. Our friend Mike McHugh recorded us and hit the drums too because we had no drummer at the time. Our present line-up solidified about ten years back with the addition of Jason Cordero on the drums. Except for a brief period where we had a fourth member we played keys and occasional guitar, we’ve always been a three-piece.
who would you list as your musical influence?.
– the Sonics, the Drags, Billy Childish, Holly Golightly, Rolling Stones, Clash, Ramones. Teengenerate, Devil Dogs, and loads of others, too many to count.
whats the coolest thing that’s happened to you as a band since you started up?
– playing Mexico City a few years back, we’d love to go there again. Just a matter of time and money.
what are your hopes and dreams as a band for the next few years.
– write more songs, make more records, play more shows, play out of the country.
what are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
– Thee Fine Lines new LP is great; the Sonics new LP is amazing; volumes 9 and 10 of Back From the Grave; latest 12” from Gino + the Goons; Bamboo Kids double LP impressed me; last two LPs from Guantanamo Baywatch; latest LPs from Bloodshot Bill, Reigning Sound, Shannon + the Clams; Jason likes David Bowie’s “Blackstar,” “Hardcore Devo Vol 1 & 2 and the Live album from the tour. Fidlar, self-tilted; Goat’s “World Music,” “Commune,” and live albums are awesome. JJDoom, “Keys to the Kuffs” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”.
Do you see any real use for social media , or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
– it’s a good way to put yourself out there. But the real commodity is attention: how do you get people to pay attention to you?
Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off.
– I think we’re all interested in what people have to say about our music, it’s just a question of how seriously you take it all. Basically, we play the music we want to play and we present ourselves in the manner we’d like to be seen. If someone digs it, cool.
If you could tour anywhere in the world , where would you want to go.
– Italy, France and Spain. But we will play anywhere for just about anyone.
Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life.
– great question, I think music can save your life. And it is also a great backbeat to life. It also may ruin your life. But it’s almost always fun.
Any last thoughts for your fans?
– if you want us to play your town, let us know and we’ll try to get there.
Mike Morris – vocals, guitar
Kim Morris – vocals, bass
Jason Cordero – drums, vocals
rock ‘n’ roll time kids…
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