Being likened to The Cure, Cocteau Twins and Wolf Alice is high praise indeed, but in Thyla‘s case such lofty comparisons are warranted; the Brighton gang of four are already in possession of an expansive dream-pop sound that defies their relative infancy.
Thanks to a floor-shuddering synthesis of shoegaze guitars, heavenly refrains and ferocious energy, the last twelve months have seen them solidify their status as a live band to be reckoned with, bagging support slots with Slaves, Sunflower Bean and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, as well as a UK tour with Bass Drum of Death and a trip across the pond to SXSW.
Hot on the heels of the band’s impressive first collection of songs ‘What’s On Your Mind?’, out now via Rex Records, we grabbed five with Thyla to dig a little deeper.
How would you describe Thyla to a stranger?
“Loud wall of guitars, hard-hitting rhythms and pop choruses.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
“Radiohead because of how much they can say with so few words, Bloc Party because ‘Silent Alarm’ (!) and My Bloody Valentine because they taught us how to blend vulnerability and beauty with aggression, intense volume and distortion.”
What was the best gig you’ve played so far?
“Supporting Sunflower Bean in Brighton at Concorde 2 was pretty mental!”
You’re based in Brighton – what’s your local music scene like?
“It’s ever-evolving, really creative and competitive in the best way in that it encourages you to get better at your craft.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Projector – They are making waves in Brighton and they’re great live!
la lune – we were blown away by her songs when she supported us at The Hope & Ruin in Brighton last week.
LibraLibra – It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before and Beth is pure fire on stage.”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for Thyla?
“We’ve been touring around the UK with Bass Drum of Death and are currently on our first trip overseas in Austin, Texas for SXSW. You can also expect more music from us – hopefully something physical!”