Thomas Function is playing a show at the Earl tonight (Wed., Jan. 27). It's the first time the Huntsville, Ala., group has appeared in town since it paired down from a five-piece to a three-piece earlier this year. Although the group is know for crafting epic, ramshackle blasts of garage rock and soul, the refined lineup was put in place in an attempt to challenge themselves as musicians, simplify the formula and foster a more concise approach to its dirty, hair-thrashing jams.
The group is fresh out of Muscle Shoals studio, where it worked with producer Lynn Bridges (Devendra Banhart, Pine Hill Haints). They'll be running through sparse versions of songs from their latest Fat Possum released album, In the Valley of Sickness, along with some newer numbers as well.
Head over to the group's MySpace page to hear some of the recent recordings from the Muscle Shoals recording sessions with Bridges.
In the meantime, here are three cuts from In The Valley of Sickness.
"Picking Scabs" mp3
$8. 8:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950.
(Photo by L. Johnston)
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