Thenderfin
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Thenderfin

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Established on Jan, 2008
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"Thenderfin - Calendar Spotlight (MetroPulse)"

What started as one man with a hobby is now one of the most eclectic music projects in Knoxville, a freak-folk, newgrass extravaganza driven by acoustic guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Head Thenderfin guy Mark Naylor started the band in 2005, writing and recording some songs in his spare time with his home computer and overdubbing all the instruments himself. The band derives its name from the Fender Thin guitar picks Naylor used on those early recordings. After cutting some of the songs that would become 2008’s Whomperjawed, Naylor took out an ad with hopes of assembling a band. Guitarist Rory McMillan began helping Naylor compose live arrangements for Thenderfin’s songs, and then Naylor and McMillan recruited multi-instrumentalist Bobby Honacre, who would drive in every weekend from the Tri-cities to practice with the band. Rounding out what is now the current line-up is Kami Lunsford, who plays various percussion instruments, including goat toenails (Naylor says it’s like a tambourine). Yume, Thenderfin’s second album and first full collaborative effort, came out in September and features new, original tunes, as well as new arrangements of songs from the first album. - Metro Pulse (John Faulkner)


"Local CD Roundup: (Yume) New Releases"

Thenderfin’s debut, released last fall, is rooted in folk music, but the influence of contemporary indie bands like Animal Collective is apparent in the group’s shining, almost psychedelic harmonies and offbeat rhythms. The folk underpinnings remain firm throughout the disc—“Bougainvillea” and “For Real” sound like mid-’70s Neil Young or American Beauty-era Grateful Dead—but both the songwriting and the arrangements keep it all sounding like something else altogether. The short, all-percussion title track is a highlight, and evidence that Thenderfin’s absorbing some inspiration from way outside the usual spheres of traditional music. (M.E.) - Metro Pulse (M.E.)


"Rhythm & Blooms Festival: Thenderfin"

Thenderfin is a four-piece experimental folk ensemble from the greater Knoxville area. Their live show employs a broad range of instruments – mandolin, metallophone, skillet-back banjimer & a battery of exotic percussion – to create a multi-faceted concoction of Appalachian folk and indie rock. Members include Rory McMillan, Bobby Honacre, Kami Lunsford and Mark Naylor. (Rhythm & Blooms Festival, Knoxville) http://rhythmnbloomsfest.com/artists/ - Dogwood Arts Festival 2010


"Thenderfin Maintains Triple-Duty Collaboration"

Representing a whole gamut of cities throughout Tennessee, the state-spanning influences of Thenderfin's members culminate in a diverse musical style that incorporates folk and bluegrass, among others.

Formed around the writings of Mark Naylor, the band is now a collaborative trio that rotates instrumental responsibilities. The experimental project has taken off, and the band is now writing material for a sophomore recording.

Performing and practicing frequently requires much commitment from the band, including a commute from the Tri-Cities for Bobby Honacre. The trio's rotation of keys, banjo, bass, mandolin, guitar and vocals creates an intriguing live show as well as a diverse catalog of material that crosses genres and produces interesting cover tracks.

"I got burned out on writing standard singer-songwriter type songs and decided to form a more experimental folk group to record an album," says Mark Naylor. "I got my cart before my horse and finished the album before I got around to recruiting some band members. Rory (McMillan) joined me last year, and we started working on ideas to translate the songs on the album into live versions."

"The challenge became how to duplicate the songs live with only two people," says McMillan. "Enter Bobby, a talented musician with enough determination - and gas money - to drive to Knoxville every weekend from the Tri-Cities in order to rehearse. I had been playing guitar on everything until this point, but when Bobby joined, it freed me up to add bass guitar, piano and even the occasional bongo part to many songs."

With past projects and influences ranging from bluegrass to psychedelic folk to punk rock, Thenderfin's new collaborative material is difficult to classify.

"I'm from West Tennessee, so the version of folk I grew up listening to was influenced by the sounds coming out of Memphis and Nashville," says Naylor. "Collaborating with Rory and Bobby, both East Tennessee guys, has brought a whole new dynamic to the songs.

"The most exciting aspect of the new material we've been working on, for me, is the collaboration. The music draws from a broader range of influences than any one project I've been involved in before. This definitely comes across in our live show. Folks who catch our show can expect to hear anything from straight bluegrass to, hopefully, something they've never heard before."

For the group's next string of shows, the revolving instrumentation will be joined by an additional player, adding rhythmic depth to the diverse live act.

"We've been working with an incredibly creative percussionist who will be joining us for our upcoming shows," Naylor says. "She'll be livening up our performance with everything from hand drums to goat toenails, so it should be a good time."

Thenderfin will perform in the Folk Fight Showcase on Sunday at The Knoxville Pearl in The Old City. Also performing will be local folksters Centralia Massacre and Boston's Spitzer Space Telescope. The show is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and costs $5.

Thenderfin also is scheduled to play a solo show at Time Warp Tea Room on Saturday, July 19 at 9 p.m. - Knox-News Sentinel - Jer Cole


Discography

Whomperjawed, 2008
Yume, 2009

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"What started as one man with a hobby is now one of the most eclectic music projects in Knoxville, a freak-folk, newgrass extravaganza driven by acoustic guitars, mandolins, and banjos." (MetroPulse) The music serves as a smorgasbord of sounds & tone colors for the listener. Members collaborate to fuse their East and West Tennessee musical backgrounds , creating a unique blend of styles & performance . Public Radio & Internet Performances include: WDVX The Blue Plate Special, Knoxivi 11 O'Clock Rock, as well as many local & regional concerts.

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