Signing Story: Thick

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. The sound, if not the location of the band, fits nicely 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. “After we exchanged a few emails, 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, who also attended a show. Soon after, a deal was being discussed.

Thick had record label experience from working on a compilation album on Glassnote Records previously. 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.”

“We thought at first it was spam.”

How does a Brooklyn band fit into the Epitaph stable? “It didn’t really affect our decision at all. There’s so much crossover between bands in New York and Los Angeles. 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, we’ve been playing a ton in NYC over the past few years, so it’s refreshing to be working with people who aren’t so ingrained in our scene.”

Thick is currently working on a full-length release. Epitaph will release one LP with options for additional albums.

Date Signed: 2019

Label: Epitaph Records

Band Members: Nikki Sisti, guitar, vocals; Shari Page, drums, vocals; Kate Black, bass, vocals

Type of Music: Pop-Punk

Management: N/A

Booking: N/A

Legal: Alex Ploegsma - Ploegsma & Shulman, LLP

Publicity: Christine Morales, [email protected]

Web: thick.band, facebook.com/Thickinbrooklyn

A&R: [email protected]