Thrum (band)

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Thrum
Origin Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom
Genres Indie Rock, Alt Country
Years active19921995, 2011present
Labels Fire, PRA Records, Mecca Holding Co
Members Monica Queen
Johnny Smillie
Gary Johnston
Past membersDave McGowan

Thrum are an indie rock band from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, formed in 1992. They released four singles and an album before splitting up in 1995. Singer Monica Queen went on to a solo career. Since 2011, Thrum have reformed, releasing a single and album and undertaking a number of live appearances.

Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record labels, the term became associated with the music they produced and was initially used interchangeably with alternative rock. As grunge and punk revival bands in the US and Britpop bands in the UK broke into the mainstream in the 1990s, it came to be used to identify those acts that retained an outsider and underground perspective. In the 2000s, as a result of changes in the music industry and the growing importance of the Internet, some indie rock acts began to enjoy commercial success, leading to questions about its meaningfulness as a term.

Bellshill town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Bellshill is a town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, 10 miles (16 km) south east of Glasgow city centre and 37 miles (60 km) west of Edinburgh. Other nearby towns are Motherwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge. Since 1996, it has been situated in the Greater Glasgow metropolitan area. The town has a population of about 20,650.

Lanarkshire Historic county in Scotland

Lanarkshire, also called the County of Lanark is a historic county in the central Lowlands of Scotland.

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History

The band was formed in 1992 by Johnny Smillie (guitar, vocals), Dave McGowan (bass guitar, vocals), Gary Johnston (drums), and Monica Queen (vocals, guitar). [1] Smillie had met Queen while she was singing in a youth theatre performance of Godspell , and she had previously sung in a Christian rock band. [2] Smillie was strongly influenced by Neil Young while Queen cited Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette as influences. [2]

<i>Godspell</i> musical

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Neil Young Canadian singer-songwriter

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Patsy Cline American country music singer

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They signed to Fire Records at the start of 1993, and Fire issued their début self-titled EP in April 1993. Singles "So Glad" (which they performed on The Word ) and "Here I Am" were critically well-received, and they recorded their début album Rifferama in San Francisco. [2] "Purify" was taken from the album as the band's final single; They split up in 1995. Queen went on to provide guest vocals on Belle & Sebastian's "Lazy Line Painter Jane" single in 1997, recorded duets with The Jayhawks, Grant Lee Buffalo and Shane MacGowan, and performed with Snow Patrol in Glasgow (June 2010). In addition to her guest vocal work, Queen signed to Creeping Bent and spent the 2000s as a solo artist (with Smillie still on guitar), releasing an EP in 2000 and albums in 2001 and 2004. [1]

Fire Records (UK) British Records label founded in 1986

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The Word was a 1990s Channel 4 television programme in the United Kingdom.

The band reformed after a 16-year hiatus in 2011, and released a new album, Elettrorama, and making a live appearance at that year's T in the Park festival. Ian Greher replaced McGowan on bass guitar, following the latter's decision not to take part in the reunion. In May 2013, with Rory McGregor now on bass, Thrum released a two track single All Over Again on new label Mecca Holding Co, and the band continue sporadic live appearances, concurrent to Queen's solo activities.

T in the Park

T in the Park festival was a major Scottish music festival that was held annually from 1994-2016. It is named after its main sponsor, the brewing company Tennents. The event was originally held at Strathclyde Park, Lanarkshire but was held at the disused Balado airfield, Kinross-shire from 1997 to 2014. In 2015 the festival moved to Strathallan Castle, Strathallan, Perthshire. Originally a two-day event, the festival became a three-day event in 2007. Promoted by DF Concerts, the event attracts up to 255,000 people, along with 70,000 campers.

Discography

Albums

Singles, EPs

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 Larkin, Colin (1998) "Thrum", in The Virgin Encyclopedia of Indie & New Wave, Virgin Books, ISBN   0-7535-0231-3, p. 440