Third Thought embark on a truly trippy journey on the spaced-out scope of “The Other Side”. Stylistically they go for the joyous, as there is a ramshackle gleeful quality within the messy yet infinitely catchy riffs that race on through. Punk, twee pop, noise rock, and more all filter into the fray with a shaggy dog demeanor that feels particularly refreshing in a world where music can sometimes sound a little too polished. Freewheeling with their rhythms and guitar work, there is a sense of the possible, a spirit of hope that ties the whole of the album together.
Early Pixies work definitely plays an important role within the framework of the sound. With a certain degree of chaos, they outright refuse to play it straight, allowing great veers completely off course into unexpected blooms of color. Beyond this, the twee pop aspect, on the totally opposite side of the spectrum, brings to mind a bit of Beat Happening’s warm, inviting presence. The album title itself “The Other Side” directly references probably one of my all-time personal favorites from said group, specifically “Other Side”.
A degree of Women’s off-kilter charms informs the alure of the opener “’12 Summer”. The anticipation of the track remains unresolved. The active drums alongside the nimble acoustic guitar makes “Be Myself” an unusually comfortable piece of work. Rhythms have a hyperactivity to them as the guitar and drums duke it out. Sly grooves underpin the surprising confidence of “Woman Online”, where the bassline appears to have been lifted from Robert Weston’s repertoire. “Rigging” has an assault on the senses with a feral high-pitch scream across the sky. Glistening guitar chords are messed with considerably on the ambling “Backwards To The Front”.
Repetition proves to be an essential ally on the Onedia-like cycles of “Uneventful” for they double and triple down on the guitar work, giving it an almost post-rock aesthetic at times. Blown-out with a dazed quality “Weird Guy Rock Version” plays with tempo as there is a silly sort of style. Easily the highlight of the album they have a lot of fun with this one letting things bounce off each other. With “Weird Guy 10 – 11 – 18” they make good on the usage of the wah-wah pedal giving it a reggae rock cadence. Casual with its Codeine-like quality is the oddly tender “Too Cool to Live”. Bringing it all to a fantastic conclusion is the triumph of “Mime Song – 2016 – 18”.
Delirious with a childlike sense of wonder, Third Thought find beauty in simplicity on the stripped-down soulful “The Other Side”.