The Thin Men

The Thin Men

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lyrically intimate & hauntingly timeless melodies, epic and elegant. The Guardian hailed their debut 'Pure magic ****' The NME 'classy ****'

Biography

Patumahoe’s a market garden ghost town on the outskirts of Auckland city, New Zealand. Blair Jollands was born and raised there till he was 15.
He got a job mastering Rarotongan ragas and splicing beats for aerobic models. Started writing songs, playing the guitar. He played the folk clubs and coffee houses up and down the country – acoustic guitar and harmonica, sometimes with FX pedals as accompaniment and Andrew sisters cloning. His influences? Too many to mention without leaving someone important out. Johnny Cash, Bowie, Beck, Elvis, Dylan, Wainwright, Al green, Gypsy music, straightjacket fits…any sound that harnessed passion.
He recorded his first album in 1994 and took it and his guitar to the U.S.A. busking from Venice beach to Manhattan. San Francisco bay to Memphis. Got lost in Las Cruzes and taken in at El Paso. Fell in love in New Orleans then dumped for the man at the house of blues. Met Tom Waits on Burgundy. Arrived in Greenwich village for the CMJ festival. Played for a pizza and a tour of electric ladyland. Left JFK London-bound. Hit Heathrow with 30quid and a map of Soho. Started playing at the folk-antifolk houses – bungies, the 12-Bar, the Troubadour. Britpop was peaking and Jungle was rattlin’ windowpanes. He set up a studio in a converted garage in Portobello and recorded his second album, called it Hotel. - formed a band and called it El Hula - bringing in fellow kiwi guitarist Rhys Hughes. They got a manager by the name of Steve Fargnoli. Fargnoli co-wrote purple rain – managed Prince - Sinead O’Connor – World Party. El Hula got signed to Boy Georges Label More Protein and put out their first single ‘Everything but you’ followed by the Hotel LP. Jollands wrote some more songs and this time the band teamed up with Strokes producer Gordon Raphael. Together they recorded their third album ‘Violent Love’.

Its 2006. Boy George moved to NYC, More Protein shut shop so Jollands moved everything over to his own label Glowb Records. They changed the band name to TheThinMen to give voice to a new collection of songs and a new band line-up.

The Thin Men are Blair Jollands, Rhys Hughes, Cymon Reid on drums and Johnny Hillier on bass.
The new album is called Arena. It was entirely self-funded, recorded and produced. It will be released on Glowb Records through Shellshock Distribution in the UK and selected European Territories in June 2006.

Lyrics

Beautiful day (like tomorrow)

Written By: Blair Jollands

Beau-ti-ful day like today will unfold
Again
Tomorrow

Frui-ti-ful day like today will unfold
Again
Tomorrow

Rain falling down on my shoe
Through to the bone I was Blue
Tonight
Broken look in my eyes
Its true that I wrote the book of goodbyes

But day light is day light and new
crows
The storm is my saviour its
True that I wrote the book of disguise
But you tonight broke that look with your eyes

Beau-ti-ful day like today will unfold
Again
Tomorrow.

When the devil arrives at my door

Written By: Blair Jollands

When the devil arrives at my door
When the devil arrives at my door

With every grain of holy sand the desert stripped my faith in man I’m nude
Crawling on my hands and knees searching these intense degrees for food
From the falling sun I cannot run nor hide or from the dark the dark elude
The second hand cuts the air like a fan yet my burning feet are glued
To the floor
When the devil arrives at my door

And winters closing in my hands are cold my legs are thin and white as snow
Out upon the savalon horizon waits a storm like a crow
One last summer breeze brushed my face like a claw before the winds began to blow
On the shore
When the devil arrives at my door
When the devil arrives at my door
When the devil arrives at my door
When the devil arrives at my door

The Breaking

Written By: Blair Jollands

It’s the morning after I
Laid it all out on the line
Come tomorrow I’ll guess
It’s the breaking I like best

She was like an early morn
When the sun comes up to warm
I would watch the day undress
And send it falling out to the west

For the breaking I just won’t give up the fight
It’s the breaking that I long for day and night
For the breaking I will stone my heart to death
It’s the breaking Lord I pray will come to rest

For the breaking I just won’t give up the fight
It’s the breaking that I long for day and night
For the breaking I will stone my heart to death
It’s the breaking Lord I pray will come to rest

It’s the breaking I like best

Discography

'everything but you' - single 2002; / More Protein

'Hotel' - LP 2003; More Protein / Glowb

'Songs of violent love' - single 2004; More Protein / Glowb

'Violent Love' - LP 2004; More Protein / Glowb

'Out of Fashion' Highgate project - collaboration with Boy George 2004

'Arena' - LP 2006; Glowb Records

Pre Violent Love broadcast history includes Play-lists on Xfm + Xfm live session with Clare Sturgess. London live play-listed with support from Gideon Coe and Gary Crowley plus promotion from Boy George and Jonathon Ross on Radio two and Boy Georges’ Kiss Fm sessions. Live Television performances on Sky Digital ‘Where its at’ and BBC2 Play UK.
Plus Play-listed on Kataweb radio in Italy and plays on Radio around Europe. Also play listed on Various stations in California, USA.
Guest Vocal appearance on Boy George’s recording collaboration “Out of Fashion” with DJ Judge Jules
Guest Vocals with British DJ and production team The Away Team on Single “Pump” and album.
Remixes of Augustine by The Away Team.
TV broadcasts of Planet Harem and Everything but you on Channel 4 TV drama TEACHERS episodes 6, 8 & 9
TV broadcasts of Ice Cream City on BBC drama PARADISE HEIGHTS plus broadcasts on AUF WIEDERSEHN PET