Thing One

Thing One


"Someone with more money than I needs to get this band on a label and have them tour the world, for this talent is too good to keep to ourselves on the East Coast." -- Jersey Beat


***Thing One Selected for CMJ Spotlight Band of the Week, Oct. 1 - 7, 2007***

*** October, 2007, Dan Berkman of The Deli Magazine wrote:

Rising out of the swamps of New Jersey, this group of childhood best friends are dead set on changing how you see dance-rock. From the first second of "Ridiculous Speed EP," which comes in the form of the explosive "Move It!" (CMJ Song of the Week in October '07), Thing One grabs a hold of your collar and drags your ass out on the dance floor. But unlike hardcore bootyshakers like !!! and The Rapture, Thing One mixes their dance-rock with interesting lyrics and vocal melodies that pack a powerful emotional punch, and have much more in common with acts like The Dismemberment Plan.

Thing One and their all too brief five track EP are not just an alcohol soaked party, although I feel if asked they wouldn't mind it now and again, it is more complex than that. Deep as the Grand Canyon and as fun as any dance party, Thing One are simply dynamite. A required listen.

*** July 9th, 2007, Rich Quinlan of Jersey Beat Magazine wrote:

THING-ONE - 4 Song EP 2007

I still do not understand why these guys are not signed and nationally revered geniuses. As I have said each time I have had the pleasure to review this band, what Thing-One does is normally a million miles away from my usual musical selections, but something about this act is hypnotic. They only continue to refine and improve their skills with these four tracks, starting with the bass-heavy "930". With a subtle disco beat that ebbs and flows throughout the song and nimbly wraps itself around a slick guitar riff, the track demonstrates a new level of sophistication for this band. Not relying as heavily on tales from childhood, Thing-One's members are maturing as people and performers, and are allowing themselves to take more chances.

The dance floor-ready beat of "Pointy Shoes" is another illustration of the increased intricacy of the playing. These four efforts do not retain as much of the trip-hop elements as the band's earlier work, moving instead into a denser, more substantial realm. These songs feel tighter and fleshed out, as if not a second is unaccounted for by any of the players. The jazz underpinnings that made the earlier work so mesmerizing is still present in each of the tracks, as heard with the beautiful piano neatly nestled in the mix of "Bedford Falls". "Bedford Falls" is the third track on the new EP, but is the first time that a traditional hip-hop delivery is used, and it is integrated with a more conventional singing style that dominated the first two efforts. The closing "Goodnight Jenn" begins as a heartbreaking track shrouded in more mystery than the other works, with understated vocals entwined with a thick bass line and a stunningly atmospheric soundscape that eventually surrenders to a transcendental groove.

It is rare to listen to a band develop over time and still remain true to their initial ideas. Thing-One has the atypical ability to challenge themselves and their listeners without alienating what original fans loved about the band. Someone with more money than I needs to get this band on a label and have them tour the world, for this talent is too good to keep to ourselves on the East Coast.


THING ONE's music has been featured on MTV's True Life, WOXY Cincinnati, NBC's Today Show, WFUV 90.7 New York City, XM Satellite Radio, WSOU Seton Hall University Radio, National Public Radio, WERW Syracuse University Radio, WOCM Maryland,,,, among others...

"You'll Be Fine" - September 2008 - LP
"The Thief" - April 2008 - Single
"Ridiculous Speed" - July 2007 - EP
"ghettoskylinesuburbanfarmland" - June 2006 - LP
"...miles from the road" - March 2005 - LP
"thing-one" - April 2004 - EP

Set List

50-70 minutes of music. 98.6% originals.