Collected Thoughts is an alt rock trio that straddles the border between grunge, pop and hardcore to create solid original tunes. No stranger to the Supernova stage, the band has played and conquered 3 of our new music competitions over the past year, and looks to take another win this Saturday January 15th at the Kitchener Hysteria Finals.
Besides having put a lot of time in to building their stage presence, Collected Thoughts has already hit Epik Productions for studio time and has a growing fan base on the local scene. Without a doubt, any band who can play a solid rendition of a Primus tune deserves the recognition!
In listening to the music on their Supernova profile, (which has tons of great EPK-style media of the band in action!) it's clear that Collected Thoughts is honing in on a sound that takes advantage of the band's talents: vocals with great malleability, solid powerhouse drums, and edgy guitar work as evidenced by the video above.
As part of their gig work with Supernova, we grabbed an interview with the band to get to know them a little better ahead of their gig at The Gig this Saturday...
So what got you guys to where you stand as a band today?
Collected Thoughts started out as a band named Charlie, used for home recording work he (Charlies) did in the past 10 years. Charlie decided to take the band to the stage and become a live act.
Right now things have been so busy. From TV interviews, Radio spots and the great gig's provided by Supernova we are always busy.
How would you describe your band’s sound?
A shout back to a simpler sound. We try to create catchy verses/chorus and for the music fan we add a little twist to this formula. It maybe a sound, lyric line or something to make it standout from the crowd. Even when recording we use the "live off the floor" technique to give a real sound. The main distortion pedal we use is an analog pedal from the 1970's.
What other artists do you look up to?
Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Donovan, King Crimson, Morrissey, PWEI, Spookey Ruben... the list could go on for pages...
Great influences. For you, what's been the most rewarding thing about being in a band?
Having our music heard.
What is the biggest challenge facing ‘new’ artists, in your opinion?
To be heard and to grow a base of people interested in your music.
How did your band find Supernova.com? What would you tell other bands about it?
We attended a Supernova show before signing up and decided we wanted to give it a shot. We tell them it is a great way to get some amazing gig and they are wonderful people to work with.
Aww... What would be your band’s ‘motto’ for putting on a good show?
Be yourself. The fake unison headbanging may look cool, but is way too planned and "unreal".
Haha... Where is your favourite place to practice or play?
We love everywhere we play.
So a philisophical question: is there such a thing as ‘bad’ music?
YES! Manufactured ,wrapped in a pretty package music to sell to the masses. This is not real art just a pre-packaged product like a loaf of bread. Hence Auto-Tune and other recording and or live techniques that covers an artists flaws. These flaws are human and are the soul of music. What we hear now has no soul and is a product to make money off of.
And clearly you're going for something different. Is there anything else that makes your band unique that new listeners should know?
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If you are tired of the mass produced music we have something for you.
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