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OUT TODAY

Our split LP with friends Esben And The Witch is released today.
You can listen or buy digital directly from Invada by clicking below...
If you want to own the album on limited edition silver vinyl, click here.

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FROM THE INSIDE

Great review of our split with Esben And The Witch by "From The Inside"

http://paradoxoutside.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/thought-formsesben-and-witch-split-lp.html

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FOR THE MOVING STARS (RADIO)

Listen to our new single "For The Moving Stars"

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SOUND OF VIOLENCE

Listen to our new song "Sound Of Violence" from our forthcoming split LP with Esben And The Witch. 

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DOTS AND DASHES

Some lovely words from Dots and Dashes on our forthcoming split with Esben and the Witch over here :

http://dotsanddashes.co.uk/blog/sound-of-violence-thought-forms/


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THOUGHT FORMS / ESBEN AND THE WITCH SPLIT

We're very happy to be releasing a split with a band we really love, Esben and the Witch.

Invada Records will be releasing the split album on April 7th on 12" vinyl and digital formats. 

The entire record comes in at 32 minutes long and features 4 new Thought Forms tracks; 

1) Your Bones
2) Sound Of Violence 
3) For The Moving Stars 
4) Silver Kiss


Here's what Invada say : 

Invada Records is pleased to announce the release of a split EP between Brighton post-punk post-rockers Esben and the Witch and elemental Bristol fuzz-peddlers Thought Forms, due for release on April 7th. The split comes off the back of critically lauded long-players from both acts last year, with Esben releasing 'Wash the Sins Not Only The Face' and Thought Forms second album, 'Ghost Mountain'.


The release recalls the classic era of split singles in the US underground – think of those heady early Sub Pop days, where you’d get Mudhoney and Sonic Youth covering one another on either side of a 7”. In other words: record collector heaven.



Both bands will be touring together in the UK, Europe, and the U.S around the time of release to promote this split.

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TERRASCOPE

It feels like a long time ago now, but when we played at ATP's End Of An Era weekend 2, we were interviewed by Ian Fraser of the Terrascope! 

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TRACK OF THE WEEK

Dinosaur Jr - Little Fury Things…
Always makes us smile and feel warm inside… 
Back in 2006 we took a trip to Paris to see Sonic Youth play and lucky us, Dinosaur Jr were opening for them… Lee Ranaldo came out and did his vocal on this song. It was wonderful.



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FROM NOW ON FESTIVAL

This is going to be great….

Cardiff, February 15th


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65 DAYS OF STATIC

We're extremely happy to have been asked by 65 Days Of Static to join them for a few of their upcoming tour dates in the UK!

We'll be playing with them at the following shows :

January 20th - Sheffield, University
March 25th - Exeter, Phoenix
March 26th - Southampton, The Brooks
March 28th - Norwich, Arts Centre
March 29th - Glasgow, Arches

Tickets to these and their other shows are available here : http://www.65daysofstatic.com/2014/01/09/65dos_2014_infinity_splitter/


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TRACK OF THE WEEK


Happy 2014 to you all!

Thanks so much to everyone who showed us love in 2013, everyone who listened to our music, came to see us play, the promoters who put us on, bands we played with, people who wrote nice things about us and radio stations who've played our stuff!

Just for fun, we've decided to do a weekly "track of the week" thing in 2014.
So here's the first one for your listening pleasure :

'Perspective Parade' by SJ Esau.


This is the second video released from SJ Esau's forthcoming album 'Exploding Views' which will be out on fromScratch Records on March 3rd.

For those who don't know, SJ Esau aka Sam Wisternoff is the man behind the cover art for our album 'Ghost Mountain' and also the amazing video for 'Ghost Mountain You And Me'. 

His talents apparently know no bounds and we're really excited for the world to hear 'Exploding Views', we're big fans of Esau and in our opinion this is the best stuff he's done yet. 

Please, feast your eyes and ears on the above video!

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ONE HUNDRED MOST INFLUENTIAL INDEPENDENT RELEASES OF 2013

Thanks so much to Milana Naumenko, co-owner of "I Am Not A Musician" for choosing us as one of her five picks for this list on Independent Music News!


"Thought Forms are a 3-piece shoegaze band from Wiltshire, UK. This year they have released their most comprehensive effort // ‘Ghost Mountain //. In this album the band has expended their sound by adding new components and exploring new sonic horizons. Listening to // ‘Ghost Mountain’ // is a somewhat spiritual experience. It is a consuming album that does wonders to your imagination."


Check out her other picks here : 



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LANDING VIDEO

Watch our video for "Landing" here :



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DIY

Empty Pools were kind enough to recommend us and our friend SJ Esau in the latest This Is Fake DIY - http://issuu.com/thisisfakediy/docs/diy_october_2013/31?e=0/5092947


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ADRIAN UTLEY'S GUITAR ORCHESTRA - IN C


Back in February we took part in Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra performing IN C at St Georges in Bristol.

This was recorded and is being released on Invada Records UK - it's available either on 2xLP (CLEAR vinyl) or digi-pack CD.

http://invadarecords.bigcartel.com/products?search=adrian+utley&search-submit

All orders purchased directly through the Invada store come with an exclusive bonus DVD of the entire performance, filmed and edited by John Minton.

For those who don't know, John Minton does live visuals for Portishead among other things and he is a FUCKING GENIUS, his work is mind-blowing.
This DVD is ONLY available when you buy the record from Invada. So do that.

We're extremely proud and lucky to be a part of this and to have the chance to play with such amazing musicians / wonderful people.

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SOMETHING ABOUT BEES COS THEY'RE IMPORTANT

Another "re-press"of our 2009 album "Something About Bees Cos They're Important".

Featuring...

...live improv tracks from our 2008 UK tour
...live recordings of tracks from "Thought Forms" from the same tour featuring guest performances from Matt Loveridge (Beak>) and Doug Ferguson
...studio improv from the "Thought Forms" sessions at SOA in Bristol.

Spray painted jewel case, CD-R.





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NEW VIDEO 


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UK TOUR

Very happy to be going on tour with two of our favourite bands!
We'll be joining forces with Esben And The Witch and Teeth Of The Sea in October for three times the fun around England.


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POLAND

Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra (which we're a part of) perform 'In C' and Beak open the Sacrum Profanum Festival in Krakow on September 15

http://www.sacrumprofanum.com/en


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DRUNKEN WEREWOLF INTERVIEW 

Drunken Werewolf Magazine's latest issue features an interview with us, and best of all it's free to download / read. 

Here! 

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A GUIDE TO NOISE


DrunkenWerewolf Magazine 's Guide To Noise ! 

Featuring us / Hysterical Injury / Annette Berlin / Rozi Plain / Jemima Surrender / etc...

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SONIC CITY

Today we were one the first bands announced for Sonic City in Belgium, curated by our friends Beak>. 

This takes place 30th November - 1st December at DE KREUN.

Other bands announced today were Beak>, Savages, Dirty Beaches, Om, Adult, Haxan Cloak, ZZZ's, Forest Swords and Vex Ruffin. 

Tickets available here :http://soniccity.be/#tickets

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PHOTOS FROM SHACKLEWELL ARMS AUGUST 25TH

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EMPTY POOLS REMIX

Charlie's remix of "Absentees" by Empty Pools is now available on their Exploded View EP. 



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GREENMAN REVIEW

A review of our set at Greenman Festival by God Is In The TV Zine :

"Things really pick up over at the Far Out tent with Bristol’s Thought Forms. Blessed with a strong sense of what made experimental American rock work so well in the nineties – racket, tunes, a dedication to My Bloody Valentine (when they were good of course) and an unremitting will to shove guitars into amps and step on pedals when it all kicks in, they are a blast of finely balanced noise that cut through the day with precision and power."


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LYRICS - GHOST MOUNTAIN YOU AND ME


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JARED BARRON - FREE 4 TRACK EP 

Jared Barron is a dear dear friend of ours, he's a ridiculous drummer who resides in Brooklyn and against all rules of fairness has also been blessed with beauty at the guitar instrument, here he has put his first solo EP up on bandcamp for FREE download so you should probably do that...


Also, do the necessary :

http://jaredbarron.tumblr.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jaredbarronpickin
https://twitter.com/Jared_Barron_

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I PAINT MY MIND REVIEW GHOST MOUNTAIN

"For the seemingly depraved depths to which Thought Forms reach on their bold second album, “Ghost Mountain,” they soar equally high in magnificent swells on songs that seem to breathe life even where there is no air... the band has carefully constructed sprawling, ambient spaces around concentrated rock and indie low-fi awesomeness."

The Chicago based arts and music website "I Paint My Mind" has posted a review of "Ghost Mountain" - you can read it in full here : http://ipaintmymind.org/features/thought-forms-ghost-mountain-2/

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IN C

There's a piece in The Wire Magazine on Adrian Utley's "In C"


Photo by Marc Bessant

"In 1964 Terry Riley composed In C, hailed as one of the first minimalist compositions, comprising 53 short phrases of music to be played consecutively by a collection of musicians in any octave, at any speed, with any instruments. In performances, each phrase is repeated as many times as the individual performer wants, the only rule being that players must stay within two or three phrases of each other. The piece ends when all players reach the final 53rd phrase.
Riley's original recording was half an hour long, and was released on vinyl in 1964 (it faded out on side A, and back in for side B). In C is a perennial classic, recorded and released every couple of years, and seemingly always being performed somewhere in the world. Almost 50 years later Portishead's Adrian Utley has recorded his own version that's over an hour long, with a 19 strong orchestra of electric guitars (which includes John Parish, Portishead bass player Jim Barr, members of Thought Forms and others) backed up by four organs (played by Charles Hazlewood) and a bass clarinet.
Utley's version is slower than the original, more austere, and texturally it's very different due to the reduced palette of instruments, recorded in just five mics. "I wanted ours to be more linear, with all the same instruments," he says, audibly excited. Utley originally performed In C two years ago at St George's church in Bristol, and again in February this year, this time recorded, mixed and overdubbed with organ (Riley's original piece was double tracked, with everyone playing twice). "Once you start playing [In C], you're off, that's it," he says, "you've jumped off the top of the mountain and you're floating down."
Utley still feels there's potential in the sound of massed guitars, despite the enormous inroads made by Glenn Branca and Rhys Chatham in the last few decades. Branca was the starting point: "I have been doing this because of Glenn Branca," he says. "John Parish [PJ Harvey's guitar player] played me Branca for the first time, and I was completely blown away. Like it was something I'd been waiting to hear for most of my life. I've always been interested in the sonic possibilities of the guitar that are outside traditional playing... so it was really exciting to me to know that there's a future in that – an orchestral attitude towards writing for it."
He talks about working with non-traditional tunings, and playing with objects: "If you get 20 people hitting their guitar with a piece of metal, or with a wooden stick," he says "It's a phenomenal noise, and with them all retuned it's brilliant. That's exciting to me."
But there's a doubt, certainly in my mind, around a new recording of such a well worn composition: In C has been recorded so many times before is there room, or requirement for another? "I had to let that thought go," says Utley. "Although I'm still worrying about it. It's the nature of the piece that it'll be different every time you play it, and I could forever worry that we hadn't done the new definitive version. But I'm happy with it, conceptually and sonically, and with the performance...for today anyway."
In C by Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra is released on Geoff Barrow's InvadaRecords on 30 September."

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BREAK A PLATE REVIEW OF GHOST MOUNTAIN

A review of Ghost Mountain on "Break A Plate" : 

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ATP INTERVIEW

We had a chat with the lovely folks over at All Tomorrow's Parties about some of our favourite ATP experiences among other things... you can read it here! 


We play at End Of An Era curated by ATP + Loop. 

You should go to that. 

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WOOLF MUSIC COMPILATION


There's a fundraiser compilation (digital) out to raise money towards Woolf Music festival - there are 15 tracks and all the money goes straight to the artists who are involved with the festival so please, have a listen and donate what you can! 



There's a new Silver Stairs Of Ketchikan (Charlie's solo project) track on there too. 



Enjoy!



And don't forget to buy tickets to the festival! 







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SCENE NOT HERD



Scene Not Herd say kind words and make us “band of the week".

http://www.scenenotherd.org/2013/07/new-band-of-week-1582013-thought-forms.html?m=1

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RAISING MONEY FOR CLIC SARGENT


Kirsty James has been one of my favourite people for half my life now… When I first met her in a French lesson I was pretty scared of her but we soon became the best of friends and formed our first band together at 13. (It lasted 3 years, yes there are recordings and possibly very embarrassing video footage…)

Last year, at the age of 25, Kirsty was diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Thankfully she beat it, but she had to have a major, life changing operation to do so. She is one of the bravest people I’ve ever met.

She has arranged a charity event in Melksham where she will be having her head shaved to raise money for CLIC Sargent, who helped her through her illness - if you can, please sponsor her here :

http://www.justgiving.com/BeautifullyBald

any amount great or small will be much appreciated!

And please, women of all ages - go to your smear test.

A smear test takes a couple of minutes and does not hurt. GO.

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TOUR

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to see us over the past 10 days, and to all the promoters who put us on! 

Lots of fun, next stop : Greenman!

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BRIGHTON


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IN C

Really excited about the impending release of Adrian Utley's Guitar Orchestra's "In C" which we are proud to have been a part of back in February, at St George's Hall in Bristol. 

The album will be released on Invada Records on September 30th and you can see a 5 minute clip of the performance here :


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TOP TRACKS OF 2013

Lovely to be included in Middle Boop Magazine's top 13 tracks of 2013 so far! 
Thank you! 

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LONDON


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EDEN PROJECT




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LEEDS

We're playing a FREE ENTRY SHOW at Brudnell Social Club in Leeds on 7th July...

We're playing with Dead Wolf Club :


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REVIEW OF OUR SHOW WITH CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING

"Thought Forms are a much-loved atmospheric drone rock band from Wiltshire. They have recently released their second albumGhost Mountain that is an intoxicating blend of fuzzy guitars mixed with vocal and eastern instrumental top lines. Tonight they open with Burn Me Clean setting up the atmospherics from the outset. Thought Forms are brilliant at building up brooding emotional intensity that comes to burst when they hit songs like ‘Song For Junko and Only Hollow. This was a fan meets idol show for them as they’re biggest influence is Sonic Youth and of course Thurston Moore is part of Chelsea Light Moving, its only too bad they didn’t play their fantastic cover of Death Valley 69."

Read the full review here : 


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WRIR

We're being played tomorrow (Saturday 22nd June) on The British Breakfast on WRIR 97.3FM Richmond, Virginia and streamed live on www.wrir.org from 9-11AM their time, 2-4PM our time...

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MANCHESTER


We're playing in Manchester on 10th July... only 3 quid, get down and hear Gnod play some records too. Nice poster.

Facebook event : 

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RADIO CORAX


Radio Corax are doing a 2 hour special on us, the first hour of which is a mix we made for them! 

You can check that out here, some of our favourite songs...
http://iwantedto.be/mixtapes/thoughtforms.htm
And the show is on here : http://959.radiocorax.de/ at 1am.


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DEEJ SOLO SET

Deej is playing a solo set tomorrow (Friday 14th June) at The Cube Cinema. 


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LEICESTER BANGS BLOG REVIEW OF GHOST MOUNTAIN

Have a read of this review of Ghost Mountain over on the Leicester Bangs Blog. 

"...their vision and passion leads them to wring out new sound from experimental and improvised excursions... 

"...an ecclesiastical chant for the dark sonic generation slowly pipes its way into jungle-fevered incantations and tormented hallucinations..."

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TOUR POSTER


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BRIGHTON

We're playing our second ever gig in Brighton on July 3rd at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar with an ace band called Sweet Williams. 

Tickets are a fiver and you can get them here : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/226296