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The Dublin duo set out their stall with the opener ‘How to Talk’ – rhythmic drumming, throbbing fuzzy bass, muted trumpet and almost spoken monotone vocals. Over the course of the album the same formula is repeated and the combination of drums and bass remain in sync until the end.

New Thoughts moves at a steady pace and at times we’re dragged into an almost-hypnotic state by the frenetic hammering of Peter Maybury’s drumming. Bassist and singer Gavin Duffy gives a great vocal delivery, amply filling the space left by the absence of guitar.

New Thoughts is consistently dark, lending a ghostly atmosphere to proceedings. The stand out tracks are ‘Hh/Yy’, ‘How to Talk’, ‘Joujaouka Reminder’ and ‘Starts/Ends’. People say ‘less is more’ and that’s certainly the case with Thread Pulls, feeding their very distinctive sound. Excellent live performances combined with a strong debut album mark them as a band to keep a serious eye on. - We are noise


They’re nearly a rock band, a stripped back, less is more kind of rock band, just drums and bass, drum-kick centred and sub-bass heavy. Echoing vocals, solar synth drone textures, little bit different… Rooted in that Sheffield sound of the late 80’s, Cabaret Voltaire and such, brought fresh and now though, fresh and now and look at me, what do you want to own? Pointy boomy post-punk repetitive polyrhythms, warm patterns that are very much of now. Based in Dublin, Thread Pulls are a duo, Gavin Duff (vocals, bass guitar, trumpet) and Peter Maybury (drums and synthesisers). The sound is warm, the sound is bass-heavy and booming, the sound is big, inviting, intriguing, a futurist post-punk primal stomp. Wave forms, front to back… Look at me, I’m wild… What do you want to See? Thread Pulls liveWhat do you want to be? They have seen all they know, Slits rhythms, post-punk time and space, killing Joke-sparse, nouns and names, waves form… apart… that trumpet adds a subtle bit of something… and those unexpected bits of tuneful melody, the tides, the time… next part… touch of Liars, touch of Sonic Youth, touch of stark warmth… new thoughts, different shapes… - The Organ


As a child of the blogosphere (yes, slap me very hard in the face), it's always exciting to see a domestic band getting some attention from the more prestigious American-based blogs. Visitation Rites (http://www.visitation-rites.com/) and 20jazzfunkgreats (http://www.20jazzfunkgreats.co.uk/wordpress/) are two blogs who contribute to Altered Zones, Pitchfork's underground-focused sister site, and this makes them very influential indeed. Anyways, they've been getting behind Thread Pulls, the experimental Dublin duo who've just released their debut LP New Thoughts.

New Thoughts is certainly an excellent record, its pounding percussion and sinister basslines creating hypnotic patterns. Their aesthetic and approach shares much with other widely-acclaimed acts such as Liars, Gang Gang Dance or These New Puritans, and that's the kind of company most left-of-centre acts would only be too delighted to keep. - Electric Whipcrack


Thread Pulls have long been one of my favourite Irish bands, and they released their first album on Osaka this year. They’re a duo, Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury, and their sound is dominated by bass and drums, with vocals coming in chanted and repeating like another instrument, and on ‘How to Talk’, the opening track, I get excited every time when the trumpet comes in.

I think the sense of rigorous control in their sound has been the most compelling thing for me, and it’s taut and driving here throughout, though the result is very full and it manages not to be difficult listening despite being distant and at times a little sinister.

It’s been an extremely nice surprise to enjoy this even more than I’d anticipated. - Handsome Young Stranger


The awesome Kraut-rockish Thread Pulls have followed fellow Dubliners Twinkranes in releasing a stonking debut album. ‘New Thoughts’ features the band’s trademark experimental bass and drum driven sound. The duo varies things with shouted repetitious treated vocals, mournful trumpet and electronics to create a varied and textured sound. - Cork Independent


In the grand aural jigsaw puzzle Thread Pulls would take a corner, not because they’re shy or retiring but because New Thoughts, the album released on Osaka Records, is so sharp and right it’s 90° with just enough of a wave between those points to add a little mystery. Drums are a cornerstone of rhythm, from the most primitive of instruments inspired by the beating of hearts and marching feet in mankind’s earliest stages of consciousness right up to the point of this modern age when a vehicle moving at a steady pace passing lamposts and barriers evokes a silent tick of the inner metronome. The recognition of such repetition heralded the seminal work of Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, the motorik rhythm style and Klaus Dinger.

Though unswerving, the new work of Thread Pulls is quite unlike the immaculate sound of the 1970s greats. True, this album centres on the power of percussion, which does not let up for 35 minutes but the cross-wind of years is evident in their desire to drive off a slip-road and chart a course into their own territory. The sounds we hear are stark, brash, rumbling and strangely natural. Drums thrust the way forward but there’s a vocal stream of consciousness under/growth/lying/verges that add a green tinge, the sign of new shoots, setting them apart from the formal constraints of rigid, traditional form.

Weights is an instant favourite, synths rising and falling like an artificial ventilator while drums maintain their aspirations with a low 4/4 that pitch in with a murmuring extra thump. I really like the vocals, reminiscent of an austere 80's romanticism, which call out and come back as a final rise ends the divergence and results in union.

With all youth comes a sinister feeling, a threatening darkness. Sink and Swim uses pliant sing-song verses atop the steady advance of a drum that heralds imminent demise. Liars used this kind of music to adeptly channel fear in the form of public burnings and heart attacks but in this instance Thread Pulls show no merciless agony, no drawn-out suffering, merely stripping away the tension to leave a thumping ribcage, thready pulse doom that ends so abruptly it’s startling.

Joujouka Reminder has a tribal drum style pounding so deeply you almost look for the jungle from which they would surely emanate in any realistic setting. The vocals here are affirmed and strong, almost mournful, almost warning. Then they slow and fade away…the pace picks up, faster and there’s a stronger, striking use of the snare. Is that guitar? Or the stifled scream of sentries caught off-guard? Perhaps as the title suggests, it’s a reminder, that for all our lights and energy, nothing’s really changed at all.

It’s difficult to properly cover each song on this album because to do so I would have to reveal all the abstract signifiers which will mean little to bystanders and on listening their experience may well differ to any projections I can offer. Except this: it’s bliss. - Harmless Noise


BEAUTY IN REPETITION: What happens when you begin pulling threads, musically speaking? Well, it all depends on how you look at it. Perhaps it all unravels. Maybe the unraveling leads to strangely new and alluring pathways. Sometimes it means breaking new ground by pulling together the best aspects of music’s past and transforming them into your own wild concoction. Maybe it means your band should only consist of a bassist and a drummer. Thread Pulls’ debut album, “New Thoughts”, assaults silent space from multiple angles. It’s manic, frenetic, hedonistic and entrancing in its bravado. There are slices of new wave, Factory Records, punk, and jazz — like the searing trumpet squeals on “Joujouka Reminder”. There’s a dark quality to “These New Thoughts”, like it was created by a dance-house Bauhaus. Nearly all the songs have repeated elements, and the constant thump gives it the initial feel of math rock. Sometimes the music feels like the twisted sister to LCD Soundsystem’s “This Is Happening”. But that’s not exactly right either. “Starts, Ends” is majestic — a hypnotic combination of drums and bass inciting listeners into a futurist tribal groove. It’s orgiastic. (3:09 mark is staggeringly sick.) The reverbed high-falsetto vocals are sleek with slacker confidence, style, and strut. It’s cocky-cool with antipathy. Many of the song’s verses are sung in segmented parts. One phrase staggered, two words at a time, suffusing it with the magic of mantra. Thread Pulls’ duo of Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury know exactly what they’re doing. “Sink and Swim” contains wild yelps, that don’t mean anything, except to serve as beautiful variants of repetition. Its effect is enchanting. Say the phrases, bob your head, move your foot, hum the incantations — and pretty soon the spell is cast: “We begin again” … “Are these new thoughts?” … “Weight in space” … “Got nothin’ to say / You’re always on your way.” “New Thoughts” may sound organic, but the music is tight as a snare. The instrumental transitions and changes of pace are intricate without feeling constricted. The music’s lo-fi edge keeps the human element balanced with the electronic. This is a record with real surprises, and moments of narcotic mesmerism. Rush out to buy this record, because it’s one of the best releases of the year. - Their Bated Breath


The day I fled these cold shores in search of less hectic and sunnier climes for my hols I naturally stocked up on some new music to keep quiet while away. One such band that I had been meaning to check out ever since I had a very random music chat with a barman in Dublin (I was there on a stag do, its a miracle I remembered anything to be honest) is Dublin's Thread Pulls.

Thread Pulls' debut album New Thoughts dropped in late September in Ireland and a week or so ago here in the UK and ever since the drunken banter that introduced me to the band I've been intrigued. To be honest I don't know a massive amount about Thread Pulls but a bit of digging does hint at an intriguing past, they've certainly done their dues on the gig front. As a trio Thread Pulls played ATP back in 2004, off the back of their Summer Songs EP but it seems since then they've been a bit of a slow burner, taking til this year to release their debut L.P New Thoughts, out on Osaka recordings, as a duo and it seems to signal a bit of rebirth for the band.

Rhythm driven minimal electronic post-punk would be my way of describing Thread Pulls, stripped back to drums, bass and icy, flat vocals, with the odd touch of trumpet and a smear of synth. There's tribal beat influences in there too, influences of all kinds pepper the album in fact, but their tracks always feel sparse, considered. You sense that time has allowed a great deal of thought to go into New Thoughts, of what to take out, how little can been left, not what else can be added. Hopefully New Thoughts will open a faster revolving door for Thread Pulls. - Sonic Masala


http://www.osaka.ie/threadPulls-metro.html - Metro Herald


The opening track on New Thoughts, ‘How To Talk’, contains a little bit of everything that Thread Pulls bring to the table. Unrelenting drums, throbbing bass, modal trumpet sounds and stark, oddly lazy vocals; it’s all there. Over the course of this, their debut album, the two-piece expand on these same sounds and make a great case for the creative benefit of limitations.

Thread Pulls are possessed of a regimental, no-frills approach that is rare in a band of their ilk. With every song coming in under the five-minute mark, they have resisted the temptation to get sucked into extended rhythmic assaults, preferring to keep things moving at a steady pace. Ideas are stated, stretched, looped and finished with, all within a time-frame that shouldn’t challenge even the shortest attention spans. The central combination of drums and bass remain locked together throughout, allowing the vocals and trumpet to fill a space that the lack of cymbals and guitars would have left void. Singer and bassist Gavin Duffy’s voice is certainly an unusual instrument, one with an astonishing range (as exemplified on ‘Sink and Swim’) and a certain throwaway tone that will disappoint those looking for sweetness amidst the gloom.

New Thoughts is not an easy listen. It is consistently dark and driving, offering no respite at all. The drums barely stop until ‘Dead Heat’, three quarters of the way through and even then it’s only momentary. It is, however, just enough time to inhale before the impressive final section that sees the duo nail their sound into three slices of near perfection that culminates in the most vibrant track on the record; ‘No Sound’. It’s an outstanding end to an excellent album. With a serious live presence earning them much praise at home and overseas and a debut record that serves only to further enhance their growing reputation, Thread Pulls are a band going places. - State


http://www.osaka.ie/threadPulls-totallyDublin.html - Totally Dublin


Dublin duo Thread Pulls’ strong debut album sets its stall out from the very start. A treated vocal chant gives way to tribal drumming, a haunted trumpet hook (in as far as Kraut referencing post-punk can do hooks) and Gavin Duffy singing for all the world like Mark E Smith’s Irish nephew over the whole urgent concoction. This is music in thrall to the idea of rhythm. Lead guitars? No chance; they’d be a flourish too far on an album that snakes through a poisoned undergrowth of drum, bass, and occasional chopped-up fragments of trumpet and synthesiser. On their Myspace page, Thread Pulls describe themselves as “nearly a rock band”. They fib. New Thoughts has enough going on in the deceptively minimal shapes of the likes of ‘Dead Heat’ and ‘Weight’ to have your average meat-and-two-veg five-piece sick with envy. - AU Magazine


http://www.osaka.ie/tp-sunday-business-post.html - Sunday Business Post


Like Patrick Kelleher, Dublin duo THREAD PULLS also make like they’ve been teleported in from the cusp of the ‘80s, though their flirtation with the minimalist sounds of bands like Rough Trade Records-era Cabaret Voltaire and NYC No Wave stars Liquid Liquid is rather more successfully realised. Built around clipped bass lines, James Chance-style trumpet blasts, spinning Roto Tom beats and snatches of disembodied vocals, their best songs (the dub-by, spacey ‘How to Talk’, the sinewy grooves of ‘Sink & Swim’) often seem little more than fleeting ghosts of ideas, yet there’s still something about their dark, mutant funk which lingers and draws you in time and again. More please. - Whisperinandhollerin


Rock music's reliance on the electric guitar has somewhat left other instruments in the halfpenny place. On Thread Pulls' debut album New Thoughts the kick drum and bass come out of the shadows with primal effect.

The Irish band comprising Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury have brought out their first record on Osaka, home of Patrick Kelleher. There seems to be more than a recording label shared between the two acts as they both attempt minimalism intent on seducing the listener into a hypnotic state.

'How To Talk’ and 'Weight', the first tracks, drape their structures around a repetitive mid eastern trumpet, chanting samples and massive drums. The beat is ably abetted by half spoken shamanistic mantras echoing out into trippy space.

'These New Thoughts' ups the ante without straying too much from previous sounds. An ambient drone merges with more kick drums and a sinister sub-bass. The chanting is more in keeping with the DIY post punk aesthetics of James Chance and the Contortions than any modern fad. You can imagine this working under the dim lights of some scary disco housed by a cast of swaying zombies. It has a woozy weirdness to it.

Any lyrical reading with Thread Pulls is pointless. The closest thing to meaning comes in the delivery and punch of the vocals like on 'Start/Ends' where falsetto voice is a sonic device mixed up with the trip hop drums, ominous bass and digital blips like in any good Can recording.

'HhYy' marks a definite departure with a fuller noise coming to the fore. It is the first time we can hear a noticeable bass run with deviation. There is a real sense of tension and danger infested within the mantra and rhythm.

'Sink And Swin' and 'Dead Heat' reverberate with menace and as the tracks drift by we almost forget this sort of progressive and experimental music can co-exist in a country that produces The Script and U2. The zapping synth on the latter track spouts out The Fall comparisons and the vocals ring true of David Byrne at his most sombre. You can really hear the fusion between hip hop beats and structures and the edginess of Krautrock and experimental post punk.

Best track on the album could be 'Joujouka Reminder' with its droning synths and driving drums. It has without doubt the best hook on the album: a looping synth that works in tandem with a trumpet rhythm near the end. It oozes ghostly atmosphere and evolves and revolves all at the same time. There is no doubt these men are trying to broaden their musical soundscape and those of the listener. The samples are taut, violent and aim at subtle feeling rather than immediacy.

The only drawback to the album is a perceived lack of variation for the album to sustain but put it on every so often and it will bare some dark strange fruits. It’s a very good start to this act’s recording career and hopefully they keep on making interesting sounds in whatever guises they pick next.

The DIY aesthetic is alive and well in Ireland and throws out some clever and inventive groups, no more so than those associated with Osaka records and the Box Social. The bland centre of the Irish music scene will never take a closer look to the periphery but if Thread Pulls and their ilk can keep on producing such urgent, cohesive and experimental music it can only enhance the reputation and health of the indie scene here and cast those at the forefront into the greater musical world. - highbrowse.ie


It's not known if bass and drums duo Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury have anything personal against guitarists, but on their debut album they show that they get along without one very well.

There's a real chemistry between the duo, and this tight, pounding record twists and turns as they egg each other on and add more concentration lines to their foreheads.

At times some listeners may want a sweater or torch to continue the journey with them, while others will revel in a sound which traces its lineage back to the late 70s and early 80s.

There's no need for Thread Pulls to use the vocal echo effect next time, and every reason to believe that Duffy and Maybury can bring out even better in each other. - RTE


From the same Dublin scene like CAP PAS CAP and LOGIKPARTY, comes the debut-album (10 songs, download included) by this truly amazing twopiece! Basically with bass and drums, but also using synthesizer and trumpet, THREAD PULLS produce highly rhythmical Post-Punk with a minimalistic approach, but at the same time multi-facetted! While listening to this album, lots of references come to mind, from CAN, THROBBING GRISTLE and CABARET VOLTAIRE, over THIS HEAT, POP GROUP, PIL, DAF and NEUBAUTEN, to LIARS or THESE ARE POWERS. But to cut it short, it's just simply FUCKING BRILLIANT! - X-mist


Dublin’s thread pulls are a duo, stripped back to a core of drums & bass. Skewed grooves anchor their hypnotic proto-disco sound – kick-drum centred & sub-bass heavy. Roughly cut almost spoken vocals are layered with eastern trumpet-echoes & solar-synth-drones/stabs, bringing to mind early elements of future sounds. With echoes of Sheffield’s most prolific sound processers Cabaret Voltaire & the complex polyrhythms & repetitive dance styles of New York’s ESG. Imagine a ghostly echo of the Gang of Four’s ‘Entertainment’ with all the guitars removed, with a touch of Joy Division’s most funereal bass or A Certain Ratio’s most desolate moments & maybe a little of Scritti Politti. At the same time, it fits right in with current post punk minimalists Prinzhorn Dance School, These New Puritans or Liars. Spot on! - Resident Records


In an email back-and-forth on the subject of hypnagogic pop, published in Fall 2009 on music critic/Volcanic Tongue founder David Keenan’s personal blog, Dan Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and Games offered a compelling alternate name for the new “movement” Keenan had christened in the August issue of the Wire. In embracing the various iterations of pop musical kitsch they had grown up alongside in the ’80s and early ’90s, outsider musicians like James Ferraro and Spencer Clark were creating “noise without borders” — noise music that engaged in an open dialogue with the sounds it had previously excluded in its hermetic exploration of “sound” as material. The interview is no longer accessible to the public, but I remember Lopatin characterizing h-pop as a new, distinctly “feminine” alternative to the confrontational and unreflecting masculinity of pure noise, namely in that it allowed itself to be “penetrated” by other musical styles. Speaking historically, Keenan and Lopatin recognized the post-punk of the late ’70s and the early ’80s as another avant-garde moment that had allowed itself to be “penetrated” in this way, softening the resounding “no” that punk had pronounced to society into a more fluid stance that made room for dub, funk, and disco.

Dublin’s Thread Pulls, whom 20 Jazz Funk Greats spotlighted on Altered Zones a few weeks back, sound nothing like any of artists who founded or climbed their way into Keenan’s hypnagogic pop pantheon; in fact, seeing as our ears are pretty much glutted with cassette hiss and warped supermarket adagios at this point, they may even sound refreshing. Thread Pulls’ stripped-down, tightly-wound spin on post-punk is just as much a case for “feminine openness” as The Skaters or Oneohtrix, but it approaches this ideal from the opposite end of noise rock — purging where hpop oversaturates, refining and clarifying where hpop blurs. On their MySpace, Gavin Duffy and Peter Maybury confide in us that they are “only nearly a rock band, stripped back to a core of drums and bass”– though vocals, trumpet, and synths discover room in the equation as well. Little things start meaning a lot, the associations start flowing like crazy. A snappy note change in the bassline brings back James Chance and the funk he himself was bringing back (“Sink and Swim”); a twitch in the synth sounds vaguely arabesque, while also reminding us that ’60s psych was capable of swallowing anything (“Weight”). Thread Pulls swallow almost nothing, swallows it raw, and makes it sound like a full plate. - Visitation Rites


You all know ATP, right? It’s a great festival for grunting men in white shorts music geeks, where age seems irrelevant. Old masters and young upstarts, punters and bands alike rub shoulders amidst the Carry On chalets of English holiday camps in faded-glory resorts.

Thread Pulls, unbelievably the only Irish band to have played ATP (at time of writing), echo the beat-within-noise aesthetic of minimalist Neubauten and the eerie rainfall of This Heat. When the rain pours and the wind blows in an English town inhabited by the ghosts of a romantic past, a young man's mind looks to the otherworldly glamour of places with names like Minehead or Bognor. There is nothing like a dead place that once shone like the brightest star. - Altered Zones


Staring with alien eyes into the masses as they march down underground corridors, we become aware of the patterns that underpin this mundane ritual, parcels of energy and information carried by drones fighting a losing war against entropy. This is the daily clash of a decentralised empire where a low signal to noise ratio sends one hand against the other most fratricidally. Via parallel lines embroidered in an illusion of complexity we advance, in monotonous dirge.

But we have the advantage of a collapsed infrastructure and sonic beacons leading us to strange places like a predator hunting in a decaying jungle. It is Thread Pulls who guide us today down orthogonal folds in the belly of the beast with their martial barrage, mechanic yet alive like a neubauten dream set in Nocturnal Arcadia, like This Heat rearranging their Twilight Furniture for some spirit dancing. - 20 Jazz Funk Greats


Here we have a two-piece rock band stripped way, way back to the bass and drums with which they produce a very distinctive sound! That sound somehow seems to be very full, especially when other components are brought in, electronic squeaks & the odd thrash of a guitar. The initial comparison on the opening 'How to Talk' is of Liars mangled up with Cabaret Voltaire but its the second track where they really hit their stride, a fantastic Can/Silver Apples influenced rhythm driving it along - suddenly the drums burst out of the mix to superb effect while the vocals chant along, there's even the hint of a nearly catchy chorus. This is brilliant music, absolutely brilliant. Thread Pulls are the perfect soundtrack to driving around broken down industrial areas of Northern cities late at night, they recall some of the greatest bands to walk this sodden earth, apart from the afore-mentioned Liars and Cabaret Voltaire, This Heat, PIL, Throbbing Gristle, Joy Division, ESG, DAF all spring to mind at various points. For a contemporary reference there's also strong parallels with Factory Floor & to a lesser extent (an unpretentious) These New Puritans! Rhythmic, minimal compositions with a hint of darkness and fear underfoot, this ticks all the right boxes for me AND its recorded in Dublin for great sound quality. Joke courtesy of Dave. Always leave them with a joke, funny or otherwise. - Norman Records


Heavy on percussion, the group have honed their rhythmic edge into a surgical knife. Stark, effective bass lines (sometimes just two notes) complete the rhythmic picture, adding a muscle to the rigid bones of the drumming. There is a vaguely ritualistic feeling to the music, for example on "Starts/Ends," where the percussion dances around itself to create a cathartic and engaging sound. Gavin Duffy’s immediate bass playing drags the music from this weirdly transcendent place back to the dance floor.

Without naming names, there are many artists who spend their time perfecting the ultimate post-punk album, drawing their inspiration from albums recorded 30 years ago and adding nothing more than a superficial glossiness to ideas that were once revolutionary but are now just a historical reference. So few artists try and break away from the past to create their own sound. While in the past I have heard the echoes of Sonic Youth, Throbbing Gristle and PIL in the music of Thread Pulls but on New Thoughts these influences have been pulverised and converted into Peter Maybury and Duffy’s own vision.

Duffy’s vocals are the other main ingredient to Thread Pulls unique sound. Sometimes adopting an odd but bewitching falsetto, not unlike a bleaker version of The Tiger Lillies’ Martyn Jacques, Duffy cannot be accused of being a boring vocalist. On "Sink and Swim," his voice rises up through the music sharply, demanding my attention. Elsewhere he delivers the mantric lyrics in a more controlled fashion such as on "Joujouka Reminder" where all the elements of Thread Pulls’ sound come together perfectly: the beat and word fusing into each other.

Throughout New Thoughts, Thread Pulls repeatedly up their game and make their previous releases pale in comparison. All the elements that I liked about their music (the rhythms and instrumentation in particular) have been streamlined and improved, the end result being a very lean and focused album. I have not seen them live in a while but I will be doing my best to catch them as soon as I can because they are obviously riding on the crest of a wave of inspiration. - Brainwashed


Having so far garnered comparisons with everyone from Liars to This Heat, Throbbing Gristle and Sonic Youth, this band have a lot to live up to. New Thoughts captures the groove-driven, no-wave/industrial-inspired sounds of this Irish band, whose line-up is a stripped back duo comprising bass and drums, with vocals and occasional electronic elements seeping into the mix. It takes a lot of invention to make a setup like this work across the full duration of an album, but the angsty minimalism Thread Pulls summon up is more than up to the task, assisted greatly by a production that properly frames the full bulk of the band's rhythmic essence. - Boomkat


http://www.osaka.ie/tp-clash-review.html - Clash Magazine


http://www.osaka.ie/threadPulls-hotPress.html - Hot Press


They describe themselves as “nearly a rock band”, yet this Dublin duo are so much more. New Thoughts is spacious and primal, threaded with pirouetting vocal mantras and hypnotic gyrating rhythms. From this minimalism resonate all sorts of blanketing textures and thought- provoking musical ideas, the bass and drums aided with trumpet, synthesiser and mysterious vocal harmonies. Gavin Duffy’s wistful vocal on Starts/Ends weaves through Peter Maybury’s drilled beat-down with brilliant effect. New Thoughts is a receptacle for all sorts of musical history, from 1960s psych to taut post-punk and elemental disco and funk, yet never succumbs to any one ideal enough to derail this singular expedition. Joujouka Reminder pays homage to the Moroccan trance masters, albeit one fronted by a spluttering Mark E Smith. Closer No Sound brings this fantastically focused piece of work to a frenetic, screeching halt. See threadpulls.com - Irish Times


And then there's a great vacation as everyone crams into the downstairs room to catch Thread Pulls.

It's our first taste of The Noise of the weekend, and while it's not the machines-landing-on-your-intimates teeth pulling noise that we so enjoyed from so many of the acts playing at The Nightmare Before Christmas back in December, Thread Pulls tree-surgeon Sonic Youth and night-time dockyard menace is a harsh contrast to the lush, impending spring outside.

Mean and satisfyingly metallic guitar chords are laid deftly over a hovering voice, almost like the feeling I imagine the chap I saw wave para-wave-surf-thing in the beach earlier enjoys, but more about subtle atmospherics than flying off the top of the foam exultance.
- Luke Turner - PLAYLOUDER magazine


The slow angular spiked guitar trudge of Dublin young pups and three piece Thread Pulls is built from feedback, dissonant chops and reedy vocals that put one in mind of Thurston Moore traversing a tar pit, laborious foot lift by laborious foot lift, guitar dripping black oily tendrils and bitumen clots, like a heathen god risen from a forbidden land: a Subsonic Youth in every sense.

This debut mini album collects five tracks and is an admirable declaration of intent. Opener “Summer” builds over a riff churning like an idling diesel engine, high guitar chimes ushering in the buzzing tectonic bass and drum part led by pinpoint cymbals, before the vocal arrives.

This modus operandi works to particularly fine effect on the somnambulant sludge riffed “Nearly There” and the disenchanted stop-start squalls of final instrumental track “Building”
- Nick Southgate - Wire magazine


Discography

‘New thoughts’ CD/LP - Osaka recordings 2010
Patrick Kelleher ‘You Look Colder - Remixes’ CD - Osaka recordings 2010
‘Fluorescent 3’ CDr - Ninepoint recordings 2006
‘Fluorescent 2’ CDr - Ninepoint recordings 2006
‘Fluorescent 1’ CDr - Ninepoint recordings 2006
‘Summer songs’ CD - Ninepoint recordings 2004

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Thread Pulls are part rock band, stripped back to a core of drums and bass. Skewed grooves anchor their hypnotic proto-disco sound - kick-drum centred and sub-bass heavy. Roughly cut vocal layers and eastern trumpet-echoes coupling solar-synth-drones bring to mind early elements of future sounds. Having acquired a considerable reputation for their raw, energetic live shows and limited EP releases, they released their debut album New Thoughts to critical acclaim at home and abroad on Irish independent label OSAKA recordings at the end of 2010, followed by extensive touring in Ireland, UK, Europe and Scandinavia.

With echoes of Sheffield’s most prolific sound processers Cabaret Voltaire and the complex polyrhythms and repetitive dance styles of New York’s ESG, New Thoughts gestated and grew from extensive live shows often in galleries and warehouses in Dublin.