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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
“cotton candy guitars and sticky reverb-drenched melodies shimmer and shudder with echo”
- Baltimore City Paper
"Gorgeous and affecting”
- Associated Press
Guitarist Casey Harvey had been pestering Rachel Harvey (née Tracy) about forming a band for years. She finally relented in Summer 2005, agreeing to play bass. They recruited vocalist/guitarist Anna Conner during a pickup baseball game and drummer Matt Davis shortly thereafter. Having cut their teeth in the formative Baltimore all-ages indie scene of the mid-nineties, they were itching to make meaningful music again. Several sessions in, they realized there was real chemistry and Thrushes was born.
Thrushes’ 2007’s debut, Sun Come Undone, earned critical praise and worldwide buzz with the instant classic, “Heartbeats,” reaching the top 5 most played tracks in the world according to elbo.ws prompting Idolator.com to write, “How Thrushes Became This Week’s Biggest Band In The World.” Reviewers compared them favorably with huge bands like The Jesus And Mary Chain and Deadcan Dance, and The Associated Press called the band “gorgeous and affecting,”
Gigs with heroes The Raveonettes, Glasvegas, and Asobi Seksu have sharpened their unique vision and Night Falls finds Thrushes upping the stakes in every department. Their trademark wall of sound, widescreen guitars and technicolor noise-pop are brilliantly polished to sparkle. The album’s opening single “Trees” finds Thrushes in full on “Dazzle” mode. Bells ring, drums thunder, guitars chime, hearts break. “Crystals” is a conscious nod to ‘60’s girl group’s cotton-candy coated odes to fallen love. Night Falls illuminates the dark edges of town on brooding tracks “As Much to Lose” and “Juggernaut.”
Just like on Sun Come Undone, the result is again “cotton candy guitars and sticky reverb-drenched melodies shimmering with reverb and shuddering with echo.” With Night Falls, Thrushes once again “make love to their effects pedals and wide-screen guitars.” (Baltimore City Paper)
• Thrushes have performed with The Raveonettes, Glasvegas, Asobi Seksu, XIU XIU, A Place to Bury Strangers, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Stereo Total, A Sunny Day in Glasgow, Octopus Project, Shearwater. High profile performances included showcases at CMJ Music Marathon, Halifax Pop Explosion, Artscape.
• Thrushes’ “Heartbeats (DtheNextLevel Remix)” was licensed for the title credits on sixth season of PBS’s national documentary series “Road Trip Nation”
• Night Falls was recorded & produced by Brooks Harlan (Avec, Two if By Sea, et al) at Lord Baltimore Recording (M.I.A., Beach House, Celebration, et al), mixed at J. Robbins’ Magpie Cage, & mastered by Kim Rosen (Franz Ferdinand, Dashboard Confessional, Jeremy Enigk) at Knack.