Having just completed a wildly successful UK tour in support of rising stars Marmozets, as well previously bagging slots alongside Portishead and 65daysofstatic, Thought Forms’ mix of intense fuzziness, pedal-worshipping guitar histrionics and sparse, ethereal vocals is the sound of a band you didn’t know you needed to hear (unless you happen to be Prince Philip, as they found out…). We caught up with guitarist and co-vocalist Charlie Romijn to find out what drives their challenging sound.
Where does the name come from?
It came from a previous member of the band. There used to be four of us when we first started out and he was reading a philosophy book about the idea that you can bring beings to life with your mind
Do you think where you’re from has affected your music?
We grew up in Wiltshire – it definitely affected the music because there’s nothing do apart from making noise so it definitely brought us together in that way.
How did you meet the rest of the band?
A girl I went to school with was the original drummer and I started jamming with her, she met Deej [Dhariwal, bass/guitar/vocals] on a local music forum and asked me to come along. Deej and I clicked instantly. Then the original drummer left and we found Guy [Metcalfe] from another band called Caldero who we’d played a few gigs with. We asked him to join the band when we were thirteen, so we all knew each other from a young age.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
We’re really influenced by bands like Sonic Youth because they never stuck to doing one thing – they’d release a noise album one week and a pop album the next. Also bands like Nirvana and later on more jazzy stuff.
What have some of the highlights been so far?
We were lucky enough to support Portishead in North America, Europe and Turkey, it was a surreal experience playing to 10,000 people supporting one of our favourite bands.
Who would your dream tour be with?
We’d love to tour with The Cure, they were a big influence on me. Placebo and Queens of the Stone Age too.
What makes Thought Forms unique to you?
We’ve been together for ten years now, and I think we’ve got a very strong connection between us – like a family. I know most bands probably feel like that, but I think that connection is what makes it different to any other band I’ve ever been in.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened at a show?
We were playing a local gig in Wiltshire, and Prince Philip was watching us – that was pretty surreal. Deej works for the council and his boss asked us to play at some community event, it was outdoors and we were playing and looked up and he was there – he didn’t look impressed!
What other bands should people be checking out?
Repo-Man: they’re a Bristol band and they’ve got a new album coming out this year. They’re sort of punk but a bit jazzy with quite poetic lyrics. They’re an amazing band so people should definitely check them out.
Tell us a joke.
What did the Greek cheese say to his reflection?
Thought Forms are currently working on their next album for Invada Records – it’s due to be release sometime later this year. Right now, you can purchase and download all their previous releases over on their Bandcamp page.