Thea K

Thea K

 Maplewood, New Jersey, USA
SoloAlternativeRock

Urban stories of sociopolitical angst and unrequited love told through an intense mix of contemporary rock with a unique sensibility.

Biography

Thea Kearney is a multi-talented artist singer, songwriter, guitarist, and visual artist. She performs her songs in an alternative rock power trio and as a solo acoustic artist under the name Thea K. A native New Yorker and Brooklyn girl, her songs have been described as urban stories of sociopolitical angst and unrequited love told through an intense mix of contemporary rock with a unique sensibility.

Playing various musical instruments since the age of 9 (guitar, piano, and violin), Thea has always been interested in both the visual arts and music. She received her B.F.A. degree in Computer Art & Design from The University of Massachusetts and M.F.A. in Computer Graphics from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. While studying at college, she also found the time to play guitar in local rock bands.

After graduating from The School of Visual Arts, and earning a living as a freelance web site designer, Thea realized that music was becoming a much more important element in her life and she began to devote most of her time to music and learning the craft of songwriting. Although she has taken the occasional lesson and class, she is a mostly self-taught musician.

Growing up in an urban environment with a diverse mixing of cultures and experiences has greatly influenced her songwriting. Like her talent, her music has many facets. Although the music is essentially rock based, it is influenced by a wide range of genres including classic rock, punk, metal and funk, folk, pop and even classical music.

Although she has been compared to artists like Chrissie Hynde, Alanis Morissette, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey, Thea Kearney has managed to create her own unique style. Her guitar playing developed by studying great players, such as BB King, Carlos Santana, Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix, among others. This in combination with her vocal range has enabled her to become a dynamic and interesting performer as a lead guitarist and emerging singer-songwriter.

In 1998, Thea released a self-titled E.P., produced and engineered by Kennan Keating, who has worked with many acts signed to both major and independent labels. The E.P. garnered positive response, and as a solo artist, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, Thea quickly acquired gigs at music venues in the United States as well as abroad. While performing in England, she was invited to do a live performance on BBC London Radio to promote her solo shows at The 12Bar Club and legendary Hope and Anchor in London.

Thea Kearney was joined by bassist Peter Sampson and drummer Ed Ruokonen in September 2001, to form her first rock trio, initially called Thea and later changed to Thea K. In March 2003, Ed was replaced by Pam Arnold on drums, and the trio emerged to form a tight unit of high-energy rock. They regularly performed in New York City clubs such as Downtime, Continental, Acme Underground, The Orange Bear, and the C-Note. They also recorded an 11-song CD titled Species Closeout, which was released in Summer 2004 on Thea's independent label, Sea Dragon Records.

Currently, Thea is taking a hiatus from the band setting to play solo acoustic shows and concentrate on writing songs for her sophomore album. She is also singing lead vocals and playing guitar in Dollar Store Riot, an alternative rock band from NJ (see www.dollarstoreriot.com for more info).

Lyrics

Species Closeout

Written By: Lyrics ©Thea Kearney

Black rhinos, Indian elephants, orangutans, and chimpanzees
Your brothers, your sisters are calling out in agony

Panthers and tigers, bats and crocodiles
Monkeys and kangaroos at a discount price

Species closeout, species closeout, go, get 'em while they last, species closeout

Human expansion and greed, breeding like rabbits, can’t just have two or three
Bear gall bladder, tiger aphrodisiac, as if we really needed help to breed

Rhinos and elephants, black bears and orangutans
Jaguars and leopard skins at a discount price

Species closeout, species closeout, go, going, going fast, species closeout
Get 'em while they last, bargain prices, going, going fast, species closeout

Clear-cutting for the U.S., ivory from Africa, whale hunts for the Japanese
Silt in rivers, oil in oceans, factory trawlers strip-mining seas

Lions and manatees, wolves and chimpanzees
Pandas and lemurs at a discount price

Species closeout, species closeout, go, get 'em while they last
Species closeout, going, going fast, at a bargain price
You can get 'em, get 'em while they last, we make money fast
Species closeout, get 'em while they last
Species closeout, going, going fast
Species closeout, species closeout!

Faces In The Shower

Written By: ©Thea Kearney

I see faces in the wood
Knots look like eyes and the curves like lips
Most only see tacky linoleum from the 60's
But I see a world of personality

They're everywhere I go, Everywhere, Everywhere I go
They're everywhere I go, Everywhere, Everywhere I go

Faces appear on the shower walls
These faces follow me out into the hall
One even looks like your old aunt Maybelle
One looks like the French Chef from La Table

I see faces in the shower
Patterns look like ears and the shadows like a nose
Most only see fake marble from Formica
But I see a different reality

They're everywhere I go, Everywhere, Everywhere I go
They're everywhere I go, Everywhere, Everywhere I go

Faces appear on the shower walls
One looks like Nixon after his fall
One even looks like your old aunt Maybelle
One looks like the French Chef from La Table

They're everywhere I go, Everywhere, Everywhere I go
They're everywhere I go, Everywhere, Everywhere I go

Faces appear on the shower walls
These faces follow me out into the hall
One even looks like your old aunt Maybelle
One looks like the French Chef from La Table

My Imago

Written By: ©Thea Kearney

lavender Lilacs and Wisteria
so beautiful they smell so sweet
but like these flowers
what makes them special is
that like you they die
they only last for one week

Stay with me for one night
Let me pretend that you'll save me
In the dark for one night
tell me you won't make it right

My imago. I won't let go
Of my imago, I won't let go

In the morning
I know I'll have to lick your ashes
Say goodbye but the pain can't compare
To the void inside

My imago. I won't let go
Of my imago, I won't let go

No reason can control this desperation
Fantasy stings like an acid in my hands
But reality is no cure
If I could only be a robot,
Is all this pain worth a moment of joy?

My imago. I won't let go
Of my imago, I won't let go

I'm looking for someone that can torment me;
Fill me with passion and misery.
Nothing's new, why am I surprised
When they leave again

Two halves to make a whole
Let me heal your wounds

My imago. I won't let go
Of my imago, I won't let go
My imago. I won't let go
Of my imago, I won't let go

Unwanted Child

Written By: Thea Kearney

Stood up got slapped in the face again
Now that hole in your chest won’t mend
Like an animal in a cruel experiment
Pressed the levers to get feed but all they gave was agony
Now belief in no way out only lets you descend

You can’t remember the good times
When your body resembled something living
You can’t stand your own company
Eaten away from the inside

You want to drown your cries as an unwanted child
Kill its’ will, it won’t reveal your denial

You weigh all you say or do
You can’t try not to fall
It’s not what happens
It’s your attitude

With your spirit liquid dinner
As your blood grows thinner
You can’t feel what’s known in your mind
No connection to the outside

You want to drown your cries as an unwanted child
Kill its’ will, it won’t reveal your denial

You weigh all you say or do
You can’t try not to fall
It’s not what happens
It’s your attitude

Spit it out and drink it again
The poison tastes bad in your mouth
But it’s better than the misery
You’ve no hope to defeat

You want to drown your cries as an unwanted child
Kill its’ will, it won’t reveal your denial

Discography

Dollar Store Riot - "Rent Party 5th Anniversary Collection" 2014  (Barcode: 70026141079)

Thea K - "Species Closeout" 2004 (Barcode: 783707954325)

Thea - Self-Titled EP, 2002

Set List

Originals:
Marion
Damaged Goods
Homogenized
Unwanted Child
The Real World
Species Closeout
Face The Fear
My Imago
Thirty Dollars an Ounce
Melted Wax
Fun House
Junkyard
Faces
Last Breath

Covers (including, but not limited to):
Plan 9 Channel 7 - The Damned
Send His Love to Me - PJ Harvey
Dancing Barefoot - Patti Smith
Nutshell- Alice In Chains

A typical set is 40-60 minutes.