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Thalia Zedek
«Nothing draws as much blood as the work of this songwriter and guitarist, one of the most painfully honest and brilliant anywhere» - Time Out, New York.

No spring chicken, Boston-based Thalia’s been at the forefront of making excruciatingly emotional rock music since 1981. Developing and perfecting her chops first as a member of Dangerous Birds and Uzi and later with the NYC band live band Live Skull which served as a backdrop for some sensational guitar interplay between her and Chris Brokaw (Codeine, Come and MORE) and who joined her on the renowned Living Room Tour circuit in 2018 in an ongoing collaboration that resulted in four full-length albums , several EP’s and singles plus extensive touring. Her powerful work lifted her status within the so-called indie rock genre up from an underground icon and led to a prodigious surge in popularity. Not least by doing her thing, she also reached the artistic level of strongly influencing other women alt-rock pioneers like Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey.

Like most of her work before, her latest album is pretty political in intent and excels with lyrical expressions. «Fighting Season» refers to the end of winter in Afghanistan when fighting resumes and at its core, it’s a call for individual resistance against the never-ending lunacy in this senseless war in the piece «War Not Won». It’s also a call to resistance in both our personal lives and today’s political reality on the downslide. For the new album, Thalia called on her bandmates from the album «Eve» (2015) which featured old chum David Curry on violin, pianist Mel Lederman, bassist Winston Braman, drummer Jonathan Ulman and cellist Jonah Sacks. One of plenty of highlights is J. Mascis hair- raising guitar solo on the opener «Bend Again» and be enthralled also by Chris Brokaw’s sensitive slide guitar jaunts which were possible by chance only: He was recording own material at the same time at the same recording studio… Finally, enter Thalia Zedek's fierce voice, visceral and fragile, swaying back and forth between the melodic and the glass shattering.

Thalia Zedek and band live at El Lokal. Powerful emotions right here in our living room.  

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