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Thinning the Herd

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Below is our complete Thinning the Herd news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Thinning The Herd Releases Music Video

Mind melting NYC pillagers Thinning the Herd have just completed their newest official video for the ripping anthem "Rabbits." The track hails from the act's sophomore full-length album, "Freedom From The Known."

The self-produced new video is a more than five-minute movie starring the band - including Rick Cimato, the band's previous bassist who tragically passed away last year - with integrating visuals from across the universe depicting ancient wizard monks migrating to Earth by command of a flying disc.

Thinning the Herd today proudly unleash the new video, which also serves as another homage to fallen brother Rick. Check it out below.

Thinning the Herd continues to hook up shows in support of "Freedom From The Known," with several late Summer and early Fall gigs locked and more in the works across the region. These pending shows will be the very first TTH performances as a quartet, as the longtime trio has just expanded, bringing in new blood Brian Murphey on bass and moving Wes Edmonds to second guitar. The rest of the current lineup is rounded out by drummer Garth Macaleavey, also Murphey's bandmate in previous act Madame Trashy, and founding guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Gavin Spielman.

9/13/2013 The Grand Victory - Brooklyn, NY @ Stoned Fry Day The 13th w/ Geezer, Borracho
10/26/2013 Webster Hall - New York, NY @ Stoned Halloween Show More...

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Thinning The Herd Streaming Full New Album

"Freedom From The Known," the sophomore full-length from NYC trio Thinning the Herd, is now available on CD and via iTunes with additional digital outlets to follow, released via the band’s own Saint Marks Records.

This Is Not A Scene is now broadcasting "Freedom From The Known" in its entirety, paired with a lively summary of the album’s foundation and what’s transformed within the band between the album’s initial inspiration to the completion of the album, and the hardships the group endured bringing it to fruition. Check out the album breakdown here or stream the full release below.

Founding Thinning The Herd vocalist/guitarist Gavin Spielman had replaced the crew on debut full-length, "Oceans Rise," recruiting a new rhythm section in 2012 with bassist Wes Edmonds and drummer Rick Cimato (ex-Locked In A Vacancy). The new lineup traveled to Chicago last Summer to record the sophomore album "Freedom From The Known" at Electrical Audio Studios with Steven Albini, and as they were preparing to release the new album, Rick Cimato was tragically killed in a head-on collision over the 2012 holiday season.

Mourning the loss of their friend, Spielman and Edmonds hosted several local listening parties of the album for local fans and friends to honor Rick and his family, and then recruited local drummer Garth Macaleavey to carry the new material and TTH as a whole forward. More...

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Thinning The Herd Streaming New Song

Today, New York City based Thinning the Herd releases another new song from pending second studio album, the Steve Albini-recorded "Freedom From The Known." Check out "Sludge" via Stereokiller here. The following press release was also issued about the track:

"The six-minute riff-wrangling anthem 'Sludge' stomps triumphantly through smooth, bluesy metallic rock riffs and thunders with great bass tone on a slow-paced transcendental sort of journey which gives way to stampeding stoner/classic rock jam-outs and back, boasting an almost desert-rock approach while being conceived and recorded in the most massive urban territories of the country.

"Following their debut EP and debut LP, Oceans Rise, founding Thinning the herd vocalist/guitarist Gavin Spielman recruited a new rhythm section in 2012, bringing bassist Wes Edmonds and drummer Rick Cimato (ex-Locked In A Vacancy) on board. The new lineup honed recorded the sophomore album Freedom From The Known at Electrical Audio Studios with studio guru Steven Albini and had filmed a new video for the album, and as they were preparing to release the album, Rick Cimato was tragically killed in a car accident over the 2012 holiday season. More...

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Thinning The Herd Announces Album Release

Following a tumultuous several months of hardships and hard work, once again restructuring the band for the second time in a year, NYC’s Thinning the Herd this week confirms the details of the band’s pending second full-length, "Freedom From The Known."

Founding vocalist/guitarist Gavin Spielman had replaced the crew on TTH’s 2011-released debut full-length, "Oceans Rise," recruiting a new rhythm section in 2012 with bassist Wes Edmonds and drummer Rick Cimato (ex-Locked In A Vacancy).

The lineup honed the newest songs, and shipped out to Chicago last Summer to record the sophomore album "Freedom From The Known" at Electrical Audio Studios with studio guru Steven Albini. The trio filmed a new video for the album, and as the band was preparing to release new material, Rick Cimato was tragically killed in a head-on collision over the 2012 holiday season. More...

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Thinning The Herd Issues Drummer Update

Thinning the Herd's drummer passed away late last year, and now the band has checked in with the following update about auditioning for a new member:

"We want to thank all the people we auditioned, and those who are still in the final rounds.

"We have been moving our studio - a cathartic action after losing Rick, which has taken up all the bands time. The momentum and time spent with Rick C. was irreplaceable. We took a lot of it for granted, as our sound was so easy and meshed. As we audition, the work needed to get back to where we were is an uphill climb.

"We were so tight, we didn't have anything to change when we ran the set. We were into the groove, finding nuances and inflections only present to those in the moment and kinetically balanced through sound.

"The finalized art hasn't been approved - and a bored Gavin has already started writing the next record. Looks like we aren't going to release this record until April."

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Thinning The Herd Announces Memorial For Drummer

Rick Cimato, drummer for NYC stoner metal outfit Thinning the Herd and previously of Locked In A Vacancy, was tragically killed over the holidays in a car crash. Cimato was on his way home from visiting relatives in Maine, when the head-on collision took place in Connecticut.

Last week Thinning the Herd founder Gavin Spielman issued the following statement via the band’s Facebook page about Cimato’s passing: “Being in a band is about being friends. In shock and in tears over the loss of my friend and bandmate, I have to think of the band. I named the band Thinning the Herd when my father Steven A. Spielman passed, to cope with the loss. Rick would want me to keep writing for Thinning the Herd. If stop, I would not be doing his legacy service. His drumming on the new record is some of the best rock I have heard, and I want you guys to hear it. Thank god for this guy, what a gift as a friend, brother and band mate. For anyone who jams with others, anyone who lets another into that higher conscious world - you might understand the depth of how one can integrate and nurture the spirit.”

Cimato’s distraught bandmates have set up a memorial for their fallen brother, set to take place this Sunday, January 6th at The Grand Victory [245 Grand St., Brooklyn] at 6pm. The memorial will be hosted by members of Gods Green Earth, Locked in a Vacancy, Nassau Chainsaw, Hickory Hawkins and of course the remaining members of Thinning the Herd. Full info is available here.

This special gathering will also serve as the public’s first listen to the newly-completed Thinning the Herd album "Freedom From The Known." The trio recorded the album with acclaimed producer Steve Albini over the Summer, and have just wrapped up the mastering on the album. Previously slated for a late 2012 release, the album will now be released on February 5th via Saint Marks Records. More...

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Thinning The Herd Issues Statement About Drummer

It was announced yesterday that Thinning the Herd's drummer had passed away after being in a car accident and now the band's guitarist/vocalist Gavin has issued the following statement about continuing with the band:

"Being in a band is about being friends. In shock and in tears over the loss of my friend and bandmate, I have to think of the band. I named the band Thinning the Herd when my father Steven A. Spielman passed, to cope with the loss.

"Rick would want me to keep writing for Thinning the Herd. If I stop, I would not be doing his legacy service. His drumming on the new record is some of the best rock I have heard, and I want you guys to hear it.

"Thank god for this guy, what a gift as a friend, brother and band mate. For anyone who jams with others, anyone who lets another into that higher conscious world - you might understand the depth of how one can integrate and nurture the spirit." More...

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Thinning The Herd Drummer Reportedly Passes Away

Update: Thinning the Herd has since posted a statement online announcing its intention to continue as a band after Rick's passing. Read the full statement right here.

Vocalist/guitarist Gavin of New York's Thinning the Herd has posted the following brief statement online via Facebook about the band's drummer passing away:

I just found out my best friend and drummer Rick was killed in a car accident this weekend. I don't think I can continue with Thinning the Herd anymore.

No further information is available at this time. Thinning the Herd's upcoming new album "Freedom From the Known" was recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Wes Edmonds and is currently set for release via Saint Mark's Records this coming February 2nd, 2013. The previously posted video clip for "Never Wanted" is also available at this location. More...

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Thinning The Herd Announces New Album Release

Thinning the Herd's upcoming new album "Freedom From the Known" was recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Wes Edmonds. The album will be out via Saint Mark's Records this coming February 2nd, 2013. A new track from the album can also be found in the player below.

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Thinning The Herd Posts "Never Wanted" Video

New York City rock/sludge trio Thinning the Herd has unfurled a brand new self-released video from pending third full-length, "Freedom From The Known," which was recorded over the Summer by Steve Albini. Check out the video for "Never Wanted" below. The following press release was also issued:

"With December 21st, 2012 now confirmed as the street date for Freedom From The Known, Thinning The Herd’s psychedelic self-released video for the opening track from the album, 'Never Wanted,' brings some fun and shame and good old fashioned filth back to rock without a dribble of pretentiousness. As with all previous releases from Thinning the Herd, Freedom From The Known will be set loose on the band’s own Saint Marks Records."

You can also catch the band live:

12/08/2012 Trash Bar – Brooklyn, NY @ Dime Bag Tribute w/ members of Soulfly More...

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Thinning The Herd Finishes New Album

New York-based Thinning The Herd announces the completion of the band's new studio full-length, which will be liberated into the general population before the end of the year. The following press release was issued about the album:

"Over the Summer, the band shacked up with studio guru Steven Albini to harness the newest tunes for what will be the metallic doom/rock act’s third studio effort. Entitled 'Freedom From The Known,' the ten-song crusher features an entirely new and improved Thinning the Herd lineup, revamped once again by founding member Gavin Spielman and now including drummer Rick Cimato (ex-Locked In A Vacancy) and bassist Wes Edmonds.

"An act constantly striving to not be pigeonholed as 'another doom band,' the newest material reflects more of the members’ blues and NYHC influences, though the presence of classic doom metal and 90’s grunge/sludge influences still shine through, and alien life forms, motorcycles, ego death, higher consciousness, transcendentalism and racism are just a few of the issues touched upon lyrically. Freedom From The Known is due out in December on the band’s own Saint Marks Records as with their previous album and EP."

The track listing is:

1. Never Wanted
2. Dr. Reed
3. Sludge
4. Buildings
5. Rabbits
6. White Liver
7. Blood
8. Path of Gold
9. Gaikat Mountain
10. In Front Of Me

Thinning the Herd will take to the streets on an extensive tour in support of "Freedom From The Known" in early 2013, with more info to be announced soon.

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Thinning The Herd Announces Lineup Changes

New York's groove-heavy stoner metal outfit Thinning the Herd is preparing to record a sophomore full-length album in the Summer months ahead.

Following the release of the debut full-length "Oceans Rise" -- out in April of 2011 via the band's own St. Mark's Records, and several months of regional shows last year -- Thinning the Herd went through a major lineup shift.

The trio is now comprised of new drummer is Rick Cimato (Nassua Chainsaw, God's Green Earth) and new bassist Wes Edmonds (Memphis Native, Engineer), rounded out by founding guitarist/vocalist Gavin Spielman. The revamped lineup is currently writing new material with plans of recording the album with Steve Albini this July. More...

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Thinning The Herd Streaming New Song

TheObelisk.net has posted a new track online from bluesy-doom rockers Thinning the Herd's upcoming full-length for public consumption. The track "On Fire" is the closing anthem on the band's recently released "Oceans Rise" full-length. You can check out the song at this location.

Thinning the Herd also has the following upcoming live show:

5/07/2011 Kenny Castaways - New York, NY
w/ From Out of Nowhere, Gods Green Earth, The Saints of Pain
$10 - all proceeds to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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Thinning The Herd Announces New Album Release

New York based act Thinning the Herd will be releasing the band's sophomore album on March 5th, 2011 through St. Mark's Records. The eight-song rager will be titled "Oceans Rise," and was put on tape at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn (Child Abuse, Swans, OvO, Dresden Dolls).

Thinning the Herd has also confirmed a record release show for the album, with the action happening at Club Europa on Thursday, March 10th. The details are as follows:

3/10/2011 Europa – Brooklyn, NY w/ God’s Green Earth, Hovel, and Cold Fur

You can also check out the band's music through the Thinning the Herd MySpace page.

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