We Got Worlds For You

Thought Creature recently released their debut album Teleport Palace. Since its release the NZ music press has had a field day. The band that was ignored for so long has pulled through, proving to everyone what some of us have been saying for ages, Thought Creature is one of the best bands in the country. Personally, I’ve been waiting for this album for three years, ever since I first discovered Thought Creature playing in a small Wellington bar.

Delighted to hear the band had an album ready for release, I worked on setting up an interview with them. Unfortunately this proved difficult, Will Rattray (vocals, guitar) was going to ring me during their South Island tour a few weeks ago, but as the night went on, he text me to say they hadn’t yet made it to Christchurch…. bummer! We then arranged to do the interview in person when they visited Auckland on June 20 (photos in the Photo Gallery). What happened? I was sick, well yuck enough to not want to make the band sick before their show. But we soldiered on, I did make it to their gig that same night…. but I never got my interview.

Looking back, I’m quite glad I didn’t get my interview, I feel better just writing about how damn good this album really is. Finally Thought Creature have delivered on their potential. Teleport Palace is a romping dance-punk album with an ultra postmodern sound. Taking the defining qualities of the early decade dance rock movement, they have changed the colour from light blue to bright green, coming up with a unique advancement of that sound and propelling the genre in a new direction. In the past year there has been some pretty good records made in New Zealand, the Tiger Tones and Disasteradio being some obvious highlights. But Teleport Palace is a step above anything we have heard.

Noisy from the outset, ‘Words Can’t Save You’ arrives unannounced, launching ahead with a thundering crash of instruments, before settling into a rhythm that sets the tone for the entire album. From ‘Kamakaze TV’ through to ‘Famous New Machine’, the album rides on a wave of bass driven dance beats, electrifying drums and sharp, finger snapping guitars. Rattray adds poetic but elegantly silly vocals to each track, complementing the in-betweens and working his voice as an instrument into each song. Despite the entire album being relatively flawless, two tracks standout from the rest. ‘Shake About’ displays the perfect balance between vocals and noise, Rattray’s vocals shedding a wavy mist over Danny Brady’s gritty bass. ‘One Day I Turned Into a Spider’, a track that’s destined for the dance-floor, and a favourite of Auckland indie dance-floor icon Stevie Kaye, has everything; a perfect bass line, quiet, attentive guitar and all the mystery of what it would be like if we all turned into spiders.

Thought Creature- Shake About: MP3

Thought Creature- Winter Is Over: MP3

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Posted by Nick Fulton under New Zealand
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