When members of the local rock band from Lemont, The Threads, began playing together in third grade, they never envisioned forming a band who would end up releasing a second EP.

“It’s almost straight luck… that four of us enjoy the same music and we can all play together,” vocalist and guitarist Sam Abboud said.

Their new self-titled EP, “Someone Who Looks Like You,” follows their first one in 2015 and was produced with a slight change in the make-up of the band. The original bassist left the band and the members’ long-time school friend Duke Hiatt hopped in. As of now, the band consists of vocalist and guitarist Sam Abboud, guitarist Justin Bell, bassist Duke Hiatt, and drummer Nick Abboud. Further changes may be on the horizon as the band is discussing about adding a keyboardist (“Any piano players, text us!” the band requested). This will bring another element to their music but not alter their roots in grunge rock too much, they explained. So far, this genre appears to be integral to their life and musical aesthetic.

“Whenever we get together and play, it’s just what comes up. It’s just what we really like,” Sam added. However, the band also implied the possibility of embracing a new genre not tethered to the “straight-up rock sound” of their first EP.

The Threads confessed that one of the biggest struggles as a nascent band is getting people to take them seriously. It seems that they have toiled to dispel the “these-guys-are-in-a-band-and-they-probably-suck stigma,” to prove that they are not pretentious pricks who think too highly of themselves just because they are in a band. They have been challenging this misconception by presenting their chops playing consistently at different venues. Their attentive attitude confirms that they really care about their music.

In their new EP, they manifest themselves more clearly as sober, right-minded musicians through songs like “Lo-fi Baby Cry.” Nick described the song as “making fun of the ‘artists’ artists”.

“The song is kind of about making fun of those people that are like, ‘I wish I was messed up so I can be a good artist.’ Why would you wish that kind of stuff? Even those people that are struggling like those artists that are really good, they hate that they are that way,” Sam contended.

Their commitment to music is also evident in their composition process, which explains why it took so long for them to release this new EP. They have spent the last year refining these four songs before recording them for release. Currently, the artwork for the EP is being finalized, but it will soon be available on iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.

When asked for any interesting facts about the band, they spouted out their abhorrence for meme culture and toe thumbs. As random as they are off stage, they are quite serious on stage. “I think even if you don’t really like rock music, I think when you watch us play, you can at least tell we really care about it,” Hiatt proudly remarked. “We get your rocks off,” said Nick.

Here’s a few of The Threads’ upcoming shows:
Mar. 5th // Canopy Club in Urbana, IL w/ Lime Forest and King of the Coast
Mar. 10th // The Hub in Champaign
Mar. 11th // Pizza FM charity house show in Urbana

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San Kim

I am an international student from South Korea and have a passion for learning American music culture. I also have a passion for criticizing K-pop music, but I do admit that I listen to it sometimes because K-pop idols are pretty. My ultimate goal is to learn all slangs that exist in the United States so that I can understand hip-hop lyrics 100% and lip-sync them with cool hip-hop hand gestures that correspond to the lyrics. Go K-indie!

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