Many years ago bands of such great stature
as Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, The Beatles, The Jimi Hendrix
Experience sent music into interstellar overdrive. For many it was too
fast to follow but for an illuminated few. Following in the footsteps
of Giants has never been easy but how many Think to try!
Starting off with a humble groove and a box of tricks, a young songwriter named Terry McGuinness imagined that he was much like many of his childhood heroes. Fuelled by a musical overload of Zeppelin, Morrison, The Stones, Hendrix, Lennon & McCartney, and the alien undertones of Bolan and Ziggy, McGuinness' own alter ego Think was ignited. This very ethos will give you an insight into why Think is an entity that lives outside the confines that conventional thinking creates.
A chance encounter with Gareth Desmond, a Dublin-based producer with Studio Loop Records (which Think would later sign to) lead to the moulding of Think's debut album 'Gimme That Sound' in the depths of their underground studio. McGuinness' vision for Think was given further scope when he met with Jerry Fish (former vocalist with An Emotional Fish) - this spawned Think's debut single 'Man Alive'.
"Working with Gareth was great, as he always had many different way of doing things and a fresh perspective. He'd hear something in a song and focus on that - a lot of the time what he found was a new focal point to the tune. This wasn't a compromise, this was an evolution."
The addition of Paul Brennan (drums) and Mucker (bass) saw Think grow into a cohesive three-piece band in more recent times. The mutation from a solo artist into a trio has been an easy transition for McGuinness, who believes that his comrades will further the quest that Think has embarked upon.
"We're all on a journey, and it's cool to listen to music when you're travelling! What's great about music is when you get a record, you buy into the world of that band, and for a while you step into the universe of that performer - let's just hope that ours has something that connects with people.
"In music the rules are - there are no rules - the amount of options are infinite. My own loose set of rules are; no compromising, always give 100%, and take bits and pieces from all over the place, stick on the blender and reduce, distil and purify."
The core of each Think song encompasses that singular personal touch, yet there is a worldliness rooted in each that you'll rarely hear coming from the mind of just one. Like any music that's made today, Think's songs have their ghosts, but it's the way McGuinness and the band manage to contort those influences that has earned them respect from a number of influential figures.
"It's unavoidable that the music that you grow up with will influence the songs that you write, but as Keith Richards once slurred 'we no longer transmit, we only receive'. I like listening to bands that have had the same musical diet, and seeing the different conclusions that they've come up with."
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