The Aussies are at it again. That’s right, they are sending their best and finest over here to win all the awards for acting, music, filmmaking, public relations and just about every other art form you can imagine. Someone asked if we were tired of it and we had to tell the truth: sure we’re tired of all the super talented Australians that we bump into each and every day at Starbucks but we’re also excited that they choose top bring their artistic tendencies to this country where we can enjoy them first hand.
Harry Thynne is one of those artists. He’s from Australia and he is a musician, quite talented by the way, and he has been drumming his way through life both in Australian and the states for over twenty years. The guy not only has more energy than anyone we’ve seen recently, but he has more talent than the law should allow. His new project FYST is out and the single we got to listen to was a cover of Beyonce’s Single Ladies. No, he doesn’t wear a tight-fitting skirt and dance on stage with his backup dancers but he did do something very cool with that song. He made it his and he magically turned it into something that now belongs to him.
As a drummer he definitely has a grasp of different styles and he has a real grasp of heavy music. He says that heavy music is so often reduced to distorted guitars and guttural vocals. But it shouldn’t be. Heavy music can be anything that grabs you by the neck, pulls you out of your “normal” daze and heaves you into some unexpected and even crazy new mood. That was his goal with FYST and his cover single manages to achieve it quite handily. He thinks of FYST as using all of his life’s music influences and marinating it in his love of aggressive music and then distilling it down to its essence, which is a riffy quality on steroids. And we agree. Harry’s Single Ladies is just that. It is a guttural, almost tribal beat with sounds that might have been made in a deep fog. They are somewhat familiar but specifically almost unrecognizable in their movement throughout the cut. The piece is at once alarming as well as excitingly wonderful and new. Harry Thynne has done it again.