Not So Metal: Thank You Scientist

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Fair warning: this band is NOT metal. But I think they’re definitely metal friendly. They’re also really amazing.

I just got wind through Facebook that one of my favoritest bands, New Jersey’s own Thank You Scientist, got signed. Their sole album, Maps of Non-Existent Places, has been remixed and remastered and will be released this coming September 30th. You can pre-order the vinyl here, and from what I understand, you can pre-order the CD soon, too.

So, why do I love these guys so damn much? Because they fuse pop, rock, prog, jazz, metal(ish), funk and big band-type stuff, and it works incredibly well. Have you ever heard something close to a breakdown played with sax, trumpet, violin and fretless guitar? I didn’t think so. It’s in the song “In the Company of Worms.” But it isn’t on Youtube, so here’s a different one:

They’re all extremely good musicians, and that shows. Guitarist Tom Monda is ridiculous, and I read somewhere that they can play like 20 different instruments collectively. I hope you dig them. If not, try this song. It rips.

Check out their site, like them on Facebook, buy their stuff and catch them on tour supporting Coheed & Cambria:

SEP 05 – MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM – RIVERSIDE, CA
SEP 06 – THE WILTERN – LOS ANGELES, CA
SEP 07 – FOX THEATER – OAKLAND, CA
SEP 09 – PARAMOUNT THEATER – SEATTLE, WA
SEP 10 – ROSELAND THEATER – PORTLAND, OR
SEP 12 – THE COMPLEX – SALT LAKE CITY, UT
SEP 13 – FILLMORE AUDITORIUM – DENVER, CO
SEP 15 – SOUTH SIDE BALLROOM – DALLAS, TX
SEP 16 – STUBBS WALLER CREEK – AUSTIN, TX
SEP 17 – HOUSE OF BLUES – HOUSTON, TX
SEP 19 – HOUSE OF BLUES – LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL
SEP 20 – HOUSE OF BLUES – NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC
SEP 21 – THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE – CHARLOTTE, NC
SEP 23 – THE FILLMORE – SILVER SPRING, MD
SEP 24 – TOWER THEATRE – UPPER DARBY, PA
SEP 25 – WELLMONT THEATRE – MONTCLAIR, NJ
SEP 27 – HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM – NEW YORK, NY
SEP 28 – HOUSE OF BLUES – BOSTON, MA
SEP 30 – THE FILLMORE DETROIT – DETROIT, MI
OCT 01  – KOOL HAUS – TORONTO, ON TICKETS
OCT 02 – HOUSE OF BLUES – CLEVELAND, OH
OCT 04 – SKYWAY THEATRE – MINNEAPOLIS, MN
OCT 05 – HOUSE OF BLUES – CHICAGO, IL
OCT 06 – MERCURY BALLROOM – LOUISVILLE, KY
OCT 07 – TABERNACLE – ATLANTA, GA

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  • MoshOff

    Also worth noting: I just found out that their current violinist (Ben Karas) is a metalhead. I saw videos of him wearing Emperor and Vektor shirts. Doesn’t really surprise me that much, but still.

    Carry on.

    • Negrodamus

      Emperor, trve.

      The rest? Flush those poser hacks!

      • Death

        You can’t flush posers down! You said that you’re one of the biggest posers here.

        • Negrodamus

          Flush them down the toilet ov hell!

      • Why you flush vektor? 🙁

        • Death

          I like vektor.

        • Negrodamus

          Oh lol, I didn’t really mean Vektor per se. I just meant the rest of the poser hacks.

          • Good, I was gonna have to hate you for a day otherwise.

          • Negrodamus

            I’m glad we got past that, whew. Have you seen this upgraded Disqus tho?

          • Looks the same to me? What’s upgraded about it?

          • Negrodamus

            When I go into my replies, I can reply and upvote / downvote people without even going to the actual page or thread. Pretty tight.

          • Oh you mean from email? Yea I see that, sweet.

      • Howard Dean

        Emperor (during Emperor EP, Thorns vs. Emperor split, ITNE, Anthems…), pretty trve.

        Emperor (after Anthems), kinda wanky.

        • Negrodamus

          HD, what are your thoughts on Ihsahn’s solo material? Wanky or pretty tight?

          • Howard Dean

            Mostly wank. There are a couple of tracks off of “After” that are decent, but the rest of his stuff is pretty meh. My opinion of Ihsahn is that he is an extremely talented musician who just can’t prog. His solo stuff seems aimless and wanky. I think he works best under a more established and restricted framework. You can still be creative and “progressive” and make black and death metal. You don’t need to bleat random saxophone lines into your music.

    • Death
      • Stockhausen

        A couple nights ago was Steve Walsh’s last show with Kansas. 🙁 Gotta move on some time.

  • Randall Thor

    Thank you, MoshOff

    • MoshOff

      Welcome you are!

  • Holy shit this vocalist makes me want to end it all.

    • Kinda sounds like the guy from Coheed? Not generally my jam but I don’t mind either.

      • Mother Shabubu III

        The Coheeds Volta.

        • KJM

          Perfect description.

    • Death

      End it all?
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D23Ae8cj0iI

      I’m so sorry!

      • Howard Dean

        “Cut my cake into pieces, this is my last dessert!”

  • geddy

    The music is interesting. Sadly – those vocals left me running out of the building.

    Here – enjoy this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDQE82ElyJg

    • Death

      No… Not that! I cry.

    • Tyree

      Terry Bozzio needs a bigger drum set.

      • Death

        Every drum set is too small for Terry Bozzio.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        plus terry was married to dale bozzio when they were in new wave band missing persons ( which i actually like) Both madonna and lady lady gaga took some style ideas from her by the looks of things.

    • Guppusmaximus

      Gergo Borlai did a sick remix of this :
      (oops, I meant of “Keep it Greasy”)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KrcoI3Eb1IA

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        very cool. crisp, precise.

    • Xan

      I am of the same opinion. The instrumentation is nice but the vocals don’t do anything for me.

    • TrickleDownTacoRiff

      ZAPPA! Yes! The story behind the song name is cool if you haven’t heard it, if you have feel free to ignore my comment.

      • CONAN THE MOTHERFUCKING KING

        i found the perfect sexy woman for you ………………

        • TrickleDownTacoRiff

          (crying) Shes beautiful bro! thanks!! how u been man?

    • Lacertilian

      Another great The Black Page…

      Zappa’s influence knows no bounds.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-EX79eU1-U

  • FassbenderDickBlood

    i know you need to make money off this joint, but don’t promote just anything that offers you a quick buck you dirty whore

    • Lol. I haven’t made a dime from any of this. I’ve just lost a bunch of money. MoshOff wanted to write about this band so I gave him the OK.

      • Worth noting: I have legit clicked on a few ads. Can’t hurt right?

        For instance: I really wanted to know what a subscription of Revolver would cost.

        GL

        • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

          good price

        • Death

          What the fuck! Why would you want to know that?

      • No worries joe, ignore that ho, this is good shit tho.

        • Death

          You’re not doctor seuss, a poet or a rapper. Stop rhyming!

          • shhhh

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            Is that you putting death to sleep with some chloroform?

          • yup.

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            I’ll bring the car battery.

          • Death

            I don’t have a feud with you yet. Do you want to start it, pretty boy?

          • YourLogicIsFlushed

            I laugh in the face of death. Death is illogical.

          • Death

            Really?

          • M Shadows!

            GIVE ME BACK JIMMY YOU CUNTING LIFELOVER!

          • Death

            Get shrekt m8! Jimmy is my lover now!

          • Death

            It didn’t work, you cheeky fucker.

      • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

        not lost….Capital Investment.

    • Death

    • Stockhausen

      Joe for president.

      • Death

        Are you sure? Does he have any political experience? Can he run a country?

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Looks like somebody wants to make the fuck out.

  • Death

    Death likes, Death really likes.

  • ROYAL FLUSH!!

  • i love this band. great to see them getting some recognition!!

    • Death

      I like this as well, Jimmy boy

  • Mother Shabubu III

    Fantastic Planet shirt on one of the guys, so that’s good. However, none of those guys pictured should posses a Bixler-Zavala level high voice.

    • Death

      Mars Volta is love, Mars Volta is life.

    • guest

      the vocals were what killed the mars volta initially for me but over time I grew to enjoy them. Hoping this band will grow on me too, I like what I hear so far

  • FeelTheDarkness
  • Guppusmaximus

    “Have you ever heard SOMETHING CLOSE to a breakdown played with sax, trumpet, violin and fretless guitar?”

    Mr. Bungle
    VooDoo Glow Skulls
    Fishbone
    Shining

    • MoshOff

      I meant with all of those at the same time, but yeah.

  • Guest

    I’m sorry.

    • That’s because you entered a word that caught the language trap. Don’t use that word.

      • Death

        Good job, Joe. Show him where the chicken shits.

    • the Toilet is a land of kindness and togethership

      • Death

        We have Antifa here in the Toilet.

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    I had no idea that Coheed & Cambria were still big enough to fill venues like those. Good for them.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I love it! Great recommendation. The extra instruments make it.

  • Wtf how did I not know about buckethead?! This shit is great!

    • you’re in luck, he releases an album every 40 minutes.

      • Yea I’m lookin at the disography, it’s huge lol.

        • KJM

          Begin with what I just posted. Trust me.

      • Death

        For some reason I’ve never lsitened to him. Maybe I should.

      • Cock of Steele

        That’s even faster than the Melvins releasing an album every week.

    • Commented on the wrong post lol, oh well.

      • TrickleDownTacoRiff

        Lol..I was doing that all day yesterday man.

    • KJM

      Thanks for reminding me that I have not listened to Praxis in ages.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJkdiOeCEjE

  • Ayreonaut

    Lolbuttz

  • Poop Mango

    Oh man, you guys weren’t kidding about those vocals. What is with proggy bands and vocals like this? Why can’t bands like this ever find someone with some balls to sing for them? I dig it otherwise.