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The Thrills reflect on a busy 12 months


Story: Jack Foley

THE past 12 months have been pretty much action-packed for The Thrills.

It all began in January, when the band decamped to LA to work with producer, Tony Hoffer, on their debut album, So Much For The City.

In the two months it took to record the album there, the band had dinner with Morissey, bonded with Beck's dad, and made friends with the man behind The Dukes of Hazzard theme (even though there was no Daisy Lee, unfortunately).

With the hard work done, the really hard work was about to begin...

The boys returned to London and started touring the country incessantly, stopping off at the legendary Abbey Road for a special one-off gig, in between supporting The Stones at their Astoria show in London.

On top of the live antics, the band entered the world of video-making, returning to LA to work with Diane Martell (maker of JT's Like I Love You and NERD's Provider) on the promo for Big Sur.

The ensuing shoot involved the lads laying about on the beach with very attractive US models - which meant that by the time they played Glastonbury, in the Summer, everyone wanted to return to the relaxed environment of the Big Sur shoot.

But it was then time for So Much For The City to make its bow in shops nationwide, which it did on the Monday after Glasto.

With one of the most blinding Summers on record, the album was reviewed by many as the perfect soundtrack, courtesy of its sun-drenched harmonies and pop sensibilities.

The NME nominated The Thrills for Bright New Hope, while the album secured a Mercury Music Prize nomination, and MTV2 nod and won the hearts of Q readers, who awarded the band the Best New Act accolade.

By the end of the Summer, a quarter of a million people decided to make the album part of their home and it has subsequently gone platinum.

To celebrate, the boys will release their fourth single, Don't Steal Our Sun, on November 24, before completing yet more tour dates, to bring the year to a memorable - and busy - finale.

The dates are as follows...

Monday, November 24 - Shepherd's Bush Empire
Tuesday, November 25 - Hull Uni
Wednesday, November 26 - Lancaster
Friday, November 28 - Oxford Uni
Saturday, November 29 - Keeli Uni

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