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Brent Wirth - Vocals, Guitar
Brian Wirth - Guitar, Synth
David Lindsay - Guitar, Vocals
CJ Ricottone - Bass, Vocals
Matt Foster - Drums
Thought Beneath Film is a five-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Hamilton, Ontario Canada. They take their name from an Emily Dickinson poem, which speaks to the unseen interpretations that can be found by looking in a “different light.” With Thought Beneath Film, you can bend your ear one-way and you may hear sterling hook-driven, guitar pop — bend it another and you may discover a band with a penchant for noise-inflicted pop. The myriad of influences and touchstones taken at face value make their music completely relatable, but the initial unseen layers make them their own musical concoction. There is subtly in their directness.
Detours is the first EP from Thought Beneath Film. The title takes a very appropriate moniker considering the sprawling journey the music took to come to completion. The album was re-recorded twice and mixed by three different engineers—all at the request of the band—wanting to make sure the final outcome truly represented what they wanted people to hear. The band is comprised of scene veterans, well-worn touring musicians, and recording engineers/studio owners. This experience has dictated the thought, care and personal expectation each band member expects not only from each other, but also most importantly, the music.
They believe there is no reason to submit a subpar effort on the world. The final version of Detours showcases a band with unrelenting perseverance: Perseverance against a prevailing music industry ideology that “ok” is good enough; perseverance to make a record that doesn’t compromise just to be heard. Detours is a record that’s meant to be heard because it needs to be heard. The group eschews the Dickinson reclusiveness that fostered her creative peaks for a collaborative nature, working with people that understand how to augment their vision. Mixed with Tom Lord-Alge (Weezer, Coldplay, Blink 182) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Green Day, Nirvana, Foo Fighters), the album is a sonic marvel, a finely tuned machine that has lost none of the human heart. You can feel the musicians coming alive within the songs.
Expect to see Thought Beneath Film on the road and on-screen throughout the year as the band continues its efforts towards a full-length album. And one that will present them in exactly the light they want it to. But remember there is subtly in their directness.