The First Wave: A lockdown EP from Thousand Thoughts
6 weeks ago, Thousand Thoughts presented their EP The First Wave. An EP recorded and worked on throughout lockdown, the band came together (via the internet) to create a project that truly encapsulates a moment in time. Now the EP is released on digital streaming platforms, for all to stream and support.
Being trapped within four walls, for months on end, has been far from easy; it’s the fear of the disease, the internal panic, that puts you into survival mode – and adjusting to the “new normal” takes its toll on you.
Tom had just joined the band but we only managed one rehearsal before we truly realised the situation with death tolls rising, and a country changed. I started shielding to protect my mother a few weeks before we really saw the impact of what was to come. As the country went into lockdown, no one knew what to expect or even how long these measures would be in place. We knew this was a make or break scenario for our band, like many others.
To get to know Tom further, we felt it would be a fitting idea to start working and writing a few new tracks. What started as a project to test the waters, something that would keep us occupied and motivated, quickly became something more. There was a spark that couldn’t be ignored.
But after a while, the lock down took it’s toll on me. I lost my inspiration. Time passed by quickly and the songs were sat gathering dust and we had no further ideas to expand on them. I got into a really dark place and I’m finally finding the space to breathe. There were thoughts shared, sleepless nights, and days of frustration.
Now, we have created something that all of us are immensely proud of, and feel is an important body of work for us. It’s a raw capture of a frightening, traumatic moment in time that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
To anybody who has lost, grieved, struggled or helped to get us all through this pandemic – this one’s for you.