British blues rockers The Thinking Men are currently having their latest EP, “Queen Of The Ravens”, streamed over at Never Enough Notes ahead of their July 30th release date!
When asked recently about the EP title, which is also the name of the lead single, the band said:
“We enjoy delving into the darkest recesses of man’s mind, a place that remains hidden from the majority of the world. What you tend to discover is that emotions, such as love, often have many faces, some of which are a lot darker and more sinister than the popular societal conception of love would lead you to believe. So, ‘Queen Of The Ravens’ is about dispelling popular myths concerning love by highlighting its potential to psychologically torture.”
The full EP can be streamed here - http://www.neverenoughnotes.co.uk/2016/06/nen-exclusive-the-thinking-men-preview-new-ep-streaming-queen-of-the-ravens-in-full/
The Thinking Men were formed by Johnny Raspin (guitar and vocals) and Ronnie Smith (lead guitar). As a duo they began writing and performing together, but were soon joined by Sarah Raspin (keyboards & backing vocals), Matt Rowe (drums & backing vocals) and Duncan Samwell (double bass). Described as “Gritty and seductive bluesy rock” by The Blue Walrus, this exciting Norwich quintet have been working hard cultivating and maturing their sound accumulating in their latest offering. They have carved out a somewhat unique sound, harking back to the swinging 60’s, but with a contemporary, modern feel. Channelling inspiration from the likes of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, The Doors and Jack White the band have seen their popularity grow and have built up a steady following locally, often selling out venues.
The Thinking Men have become reputable for their eccentric, unpredictable and theatrical live performances that simply enthral and captivate their audiences with infectious, foot stomping anthems that reverberate throughout the auditorium. A must see live act that doesn’t disappoint, from the first note to the final chord! They began attracting more attention in 2013, picking up Future Radio’s Next Big Thing award.
While building their scintillating live reputation, the band have also produced a number of self-releases. Most notably their 2014 EP, “Ululate”. Which was mastered by Joe Laporta of Sterling Sound (The Killers, Foo Fighters & Imagine Dragons). They also continued to get busy on the live circuit; scoring spots on a number of festivals, including The Secret Garden Party, VW Whitenoise, Symmetry & Red Rooster. Elsewhere, the band racked up support slots with Molotov Jukebox (fronted by Game of Thrones actress Natalia Tena), The Weeks, Doors Alive & Kill It Kid. Their most recent home town show in Norwich at the famed Norwich Arts Centre was a sold out affair.
All of which has led to their latest release; “Queen Of The Ravens EP”! In support of the new record, the quintet are set to hit the stage again this summer. With a slot at Festival Too, one of Europe's largest free festivals, and a support with The Wonderstuff. It’s an exciting moment for The Thinking Men. Time to come along for the ride!
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