10,000 THINGS


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10,000 Things


Rumour has it there's a volcanic new scene waiting to erupt in the vicinity of Leeds. If that's the case then at its core must surely be 10,000 Things; a six-man explosion of riff and mischief who are stunning large, rowdy crowds every time they play in the city. They've been together for two years honing their skills in basements, pubs and dingy rehearsal spaces, and are now ready to unleash their rockin' mash-up nationwide. Singer Sam Riley writes eloquent cries of everyday life - boys struggling with the rent, arguments with loved ones, drinking to forget their rubbish jobs - but they're never maudlin. These are life-affirming songs with wit, humanity and fierce energy. A recent show at the Camden Monarch attracted jaw-to-the-floor comments such as: "The New Yorkshire Dolls", "Un-fucking-believable" and "the sexiest band I've ever seen". Heads turned, adrenalin rushed and hearts throbbed. Do not miss them when they come your way. Now they have recorded a debut EP on Domino/Dusty Company with the legendary Phill Brown, a man who was in the room when All Along The Watchtower, Stairway To Heaven and Sympathy For the Devil were recorded. It took one look at 10,000 Things live in a Leeds backstreet, to convince this venerable producer that here was the stuff of future legends. And yes, the sessions included a run-in with the law, a cross-country dash, a sideboard full of skunk and a lake of milky tea. And that was just day one.