Thigma power their pioneering metal with an authentic analogue attitude, which the members developed while paying their dues in other bands during the '90s and '00s. A refreshing antithesis to the Pro Tools sterility of most modern music, Thigma is driven by their overwhelming need to learn, improve, and play/write better than they did yesterday.
In fact, it was this very passion for self-improvement that gave birth to the band, when strangers Dan McDonough (guitarist in '90s Vancouver band, Boxcutter) and guitarist Ryan James both ended up taking music lessons from Ray Harmony (Revolution Harmony). Ray, seeing himself as a sort of "band matchmaker" after successfully conceiving bands like Exist Immortal, decided that Dan and Ryan were destined to tour together. He introduced the two guitarists, who instantly felt a connection, and within a month were in Ray's studio writing and recording their debut double A-side single Cultivate (2015). Lacking a full band, Ray turned to his good friend Meyrick de la Fuente (Exist Immortal) for session vocals, but after falling in love with their songs, Meyrick became the band's long-distance singer.
In early 2016, Dan and Ryan crossed island paths with surfers Jette Leimbigler (bass) and Malcolm Shoolbraid (drums), a mega-rare married rhythm section. Malcolm, who's been touring the world in Scrap Arts Music since '99, took one listen to Thigma's polymetric patterns, and wanted in. So, one chat around the campfire later, and Thigma had a complete line-up.
Following countless rehearsals through the spring, in the summer Thigma returned to Revolution Harmony studios (Vancouver, BC) to write and record their self-titled debut album, with production by Ray Harmony. Their highly-anticipated Thigma LP will be out worldwide in 2019.
At A Glance
Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada
Groovy grunge-core tech-metal
Meyrick de la Fuente - vocals
Dan McDonough - guitar
Ryan James - guitar
Jette Leimbigler - bass
Malcolm Shoolbraid - drums
Exist Immortal, Ray Harmony
Tool, Clutch, Alice in Chains, Gojira
info (at) revolutionharmony.org
"Their labyrinthine, technical kind of looser, more melodic Meshuggah-isms are catchy enough for you to make a mental note to get that coming EP when it's out. Promising stuff." Terrorizer magazine