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"Listen - By Fish Griwkowski"

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Thea vs. Loki, Crystal Castles, France Gall
Published May 13, 2010 by Fish Griwkowsky in Music Feature

Thea vs. Loki
The Woodsman
***1/2
Thea vs. Loki comes at us with a slight lineup shift and a new EP, the band having moved firmly away from trumpet-sprinkled indie country to a gnashing pop rock in the last year or so. Of the five here, all sung by Greg Greenleese, the title track was picked wisely. “The Woodsman” sneaks up a little like the Hip’s “Fully Completely,” soft little guitar notes luring us into heavier percussion, then Greenleese runs up the steps thrashing, almost crying at the end. Trevor Borchuk and Adam Stark handle the guitars with Chad Martin on bass, all refreshingly bluesy and straightforward in this age of nearly mandatorily desexualized indie rock and all its magic choir boys. No insult in saying this sounds like a bar band singing for supper in the early ’90s. Thankfully, no tightly permed longhairs here, but maybe a few torn jeans.
All in all, a solid rock record, extremely heartfelt, growing on me with every listen and being released Wednesday night, May 19, at the Black Dog.
- See Magazine May 13, 2010


Discography

Autumn Blush - CJSR Compilation
Available Immediately - indie EP
The Woodsman - indie EP

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thea vs. loki is a 4 piece outfit based in Edmonton, Alberta. Fronted by Greg Greenleese (vocals, acoustic, electric guitars), who has previously written and is currently writing an extensive catalogue of emotive ballads, songs of life's borders, netherworlds and the differences in between. He was approached by Trevor J. Borchuk (electric guitar) to pursue their mutual love of music and to reinforce it. With the sometimes gentle growl of arpeggios, to an avalanche of pure toned melody, the sound began to breathe. Chad Martin (bass guitar, keys, backing vocals) offered to record the duo in his home, and when he started to accompany the pair with basslines and keyboard parts, full stride chemistry was struck. Adam Stark was brought in to record a song for a CJSR radio compilation. After repeatedly crashing band rehearsals, it was soon realized that Adam's experience, ominous/mysterious guitar soundwaves, and definitive drum chops, he was to become an invaluable asset in creating the soundscape that backdrops the strong song writing/storytelling that is thea vs. loki. Fresh out of the studio with their first professional recording, The Woodsman, the band is gearing up for what is sure to be a busy season.