New Music Monday: Then Thickens

Sometimes a record comes along that you cannot stop playing. It creeps into your brain, makes a nest and demands to be heard, multiple times a day.  I’m sharing one such record with you now – Death Cap at Anglezarke by Then Thickens. I’ve been playing it on repeat for the last week, and it’s getting better with every spin.

Then Thickens

Watch Restart Your Heart (the first single from the debut album): 

This is an important album, make no mistake. A departure like no other from front man Jon-Lee Martin’s previous noise-makers Kong.  

Kong. Yeah, sleep well.

So exactly how does a guy go from being Magpie, of the psychotic, transparent-masked, ear-bleeding outfit Kong to make the big, gorgeous songs that we hear with Then Thickens?  Through a journey of reaching the bottom of a chemical-fuelled cloud; losing friends and coming out the other side, it would seem. 

Martin started Then Thickens as a solo home project, and with a prompting from Jorma Vik (The Bronx), Jon-Lee posted some recordings online.  Some years later, we see the band ‘proper’ as a six-piece which includes the familiar face of Joseph Thorpe (Rolo Tomassi) on bass duties.

Then Thickens’ debut deals with some intensely personal stuff, but don’t let that make you think it’s all going to be doom and gloom. The record strikes a perfect balance with the dark material offset against soaring anthemic choruses that draw you in, delicious melodies and beautiful backing vocals. 

I really think this is going to feature in countless ‘top records of 2014’ once the year is out, but don’t leave it til then to get in on this – the album Death Cap At Anglezarke is out now on Hatch Records (here) , and the band are currently on tour with dates at Manchester and Wolverhampton coming up – check here for more details.

Watch the gorgeously infectious Tiny Legs, their latest single, below: 

Like what you hear? Let me know.



  1. May 15, 2014 / 3:20 am

    I have a job for you – please can you tweet me the link to this on the 25th May 2014 when I am back in England to look into this more! I managed about 30 seconds of Tiny Legs and loved it but the WIFI here is precariously shit. =(


    Corinne x

  2. May 17, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    An awesome record. And the kind words are bang on.

  3. May 20, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    Consider it done! Hope you're having a good holiday though – looks like you are on twitter (beer & blogging!) xx

  4. May 22, 2014 / 4:24 pm

    Great job, no doubt I'll be listening to more of their stuff!

  5. June 2, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    Sophie, let me know if you do! I've got my fingers crossed for some local (ish) gigs soon! x