Label: Epitaph Records
Band Members: Nikki Sisti, guitar, vocals; Shari Page, drums, vocals; Kate Black, bass, vocals
Type of Music: Pop-Punk
Legal: Alex Ploegsma - Ploegsma & Shulman, LLP
Brooklyn-based trio Thick slaps sweet, harmonic vocals and biting lyrics on top of driving, rhythmic, punky guitars, providing some fresh girl power to 2019. It is a sonic attack that really impressed a new label located close to the band’s home base. But instead of signing, the members of Thick decided that, despite being a New York band, they fit best with iconic LA-based punk label Epitaph.
“The label emailed us after reading an interview/write-up for a single we released on Stereogum,” says Kate Black, Thick drummer. “We thought at first it was spam...it was too good to be true!” But indeed it was. “They caught one of our sets at SXSW. When we got home, we had a few calls with the A&R team, and they invited us to their offices in LA.” Thick soon launched their first West Coast tour, during which the band met with the Epitaph team. Soon after, a deal was being discussed.
Thick had record label experience from working on a compilation album on Glassnote Records. Prior to being approached by Epitaph, the band had been actively seeking a label deal and was in discussions with a new indie label to release a completed EP. “As we worked through the details of that deal,” Black says, “we realized it wasn’t a good fit. We had been self-funding our recordings, releases and managing distribution on our own, so we were able to take a step back away and say ‘No,’ instead of getting locked into a deal that we weren’t comfortable with.”
How does a Brooklyn band fit into the Epitaph stable? “We all grew up on West Coast punk rock, so it’s surreal for us to be on the same label as a lot of the bands that were formative for us. Also, it’s refreshing to be working with people who aren’t so ingrained in our (NY) scene.”