With a string of vibrant indie-rock belters under their belt already, Brighton-based duo Thrillhouse have now returned to share one of their most euphoric offerings yet, 'Just At The Right Time'.
Channelling the broad and diverse direction of acts like Arcade Fire, 'Just At The Right Time' makes for a beautifully moving return. With its warm and progressive direction mixed with effortlessly instrumentation, their latest release is a firm and dreamlike release that ticks all the right boxes.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with Sam from the pair to find out more about his origins and experiences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
The recorder. Not sure if it was just my school but they really forced that hellish instrument on all the kids. I remember we had a weekly recorder lesson with Mrs Wheatly, a terrifying teacher, and the sound coming out of the room was something I hope to never have to experience again. Having said that, I didn't actually learn it, I just used to fake blow and copy whoever I was next to's fingers. So maybe the actual answer is the guitar.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Yea, I had a cassette of Take That. I can't remember what the album was called but they all looked very happy on the front cover and it had Relight My Fire on it. The first album I bought myself was the Men in Black soundtrack. That was a good album. It probably still is.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they
Yea big time, when I was about 12 or 13 me and my buddies started a band called The Experience and we were quite the talk of the town. We were the darlings of Bognor (I'm from Bognor, or Bogbados to us). We used to play on a Sunday afternoon in this pub called Cheers on the seafront, not sure how they got away with it but that's by the by I s'pose. My Mum recently found this old bit of paper in my old room headed 'Band Rules'. I don't remember writing it, but we must have set up a very strict code of conduct for 12 year olds. It's very funny but deadly serious.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Erm, tough...My fav song of all time ever is What's Love Got To Do With It but I guess it's not the 'best' song ever written. Mebs The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. Can't think of a song that better covers the complexities of this thing we call 'life' without being miserable. Actually I take that back, I'd like to have written 'Let's Go Crazy' by Prince.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Thrilling eh? I'm not sure I could say I've ever been thrilled. It's mostly a long slog with little reward it seems. But I can be a tad cynical sometimes. We've never had the chance to play live which could potentially fit into the 'thrilling' category. We were just getting ourselves ready to hit the open road and play some shows as the ol' Covid hit. So hopefully by the end of the year I might have a couple of thrilling tales to tell. I probably should have used this question to big us up a little really. Sorry about that.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Social media. I don't like it. I always try and think of funny things to post that will go viral and catapult us into international rock super stardom but they never do. I tried 'serious band' posts too but nobody likes them either! Whaddya gonna do? Actually, I just re-read the question and that doesn't really answer it at all. I'll start again... I'm kinda new to songwriting really, I've been a guitarist in bands for years but never bothered/thought I was able to write full songs. So It takes me a lifetime to get lyrics done and I always hate them. I guess lots of people feel the same about their own lyrics... But I truly loathe mine.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Sadly Prince and Bowie are dead so can't be one of them. Tina Turner would be pretty cool but that's never gonna happen. Maybe Phoebe Bridgers? I think she's the best songwriter around at the moment. Or mebs Billy Nomates, she's reeeally good.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Probably still aimlessly releasing single after single hoping that eventually someone will start to take notice.
Thrillhouse's new single 'Just At The Right Time' is available to stream now. Check it out below.