Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Special Thumbs' dark and light, heavy and dreamy rock of "21 [F.O.L.]"

"friends only lie"

21 [F.O.L.], by Colorado based Special Thumbs, moves in shifting ways, from double time progressively shaped alt rock to absolute rock dreaminess. The disparity of tones glued together by stark dark synth waves, nimble electric guitar and the lead vox that have a muscular grit but beauty as well. It is a sort of Ying and Yang  rock song (think Cage The Elephant meets Pink Floyd). 

Special Thumbs are Joey Riley (vocals/lyrics/keys), Patrick Greene (vocals/lyrics/guitar), Ryan Magnani (bass) and Ryan McGuire (drums).

-Robb Donker Curtius


Originally formed by Colorado natives Joey Riley (vocals/lyrics/keys) and Patrick Greene (vocals/lyrics/guitar), who’ve been friends since junior high, the band takes its name from a passing conversation about finger painting. The moniker stuck and has since come to signify the band’s appreciation for all artistic expressions and mediums. Over the past couple years, Riley and Greene welcomed Ryan Magnani (bass) and Ryan McGuire (drums) to the line-up. And now, the four go by Chiefy Roon, Pablo Tortoise, Mufasa and Animal, respectively, on stage.

Together, they create layered, thoughtful lyrics set against an atmospheric mix of textured synths, heady guitar riffs and moments of dissonant perfection. Think Cage The Elephant meets Spoon or Tame Impala crashes into Kings Of Leon blended with a dash of early influence courtesy of The Kinks and The Beatles.

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