The Thorns

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... read moreBlending the Beach Boys' sense of melody, the Byrds' gentle rock interpretation of country's early longings, and CSNY's mastery of folk harmony, and taking all three into the 21st Century, the Thorns unites 1990s alt-rock hitmakers Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, and Shawn Mullins. The trio of...

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No Blue Sky
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I Can't Remember
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Runaway Feeling
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Think It Over

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Active: 2000s
Country Of origin: United States of America
Group Members: Shawn Mullins , Matthew Sweet , Pete Droge

The Thorns was a reverse side project of sorts for its principals, Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge, and Shawn Mullins. All three singer/songwriters had made their names as solo artists, so to suddenly become a band took a bit of work. Even so, the musicians' batch of shared influences -- Beach Boys, Joni Mitchell, Gram Parsons, Simon & Garfunkel -- suggested that the union might work, even if they hadn't worked together before. Summer 2002 found the trio writing up material; by autumn they'd gelled, and started laying it down in an Atlanta studio with longtime producing pal Brendan O'Brien. Sweet (no pun intended) harmonies and an array of guitars were out front, while veteran drummer Jim Keltner held down the rhythm. The self-titled LP appeared from Sony in May 2003, and was immediately heralded as a return to the sunny, harmonious sound of groups like CSN and even Fleetwood Mac. A promotional acoustic tour followed, as did dates with the Jayhawks. A club tour of their own led into late autumn, when the Thorns hooked up with junior-league jangler John Mayer for a few dates of his arena tour. ~ Johnny Loftus~ Rovi

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