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NYC pop/soul trio Thirdstory summon “that feeling” on their debut album, Cold Heart.

The group released their debut EP, Searching, in 2016 which garnered millions of streams and led to them touring and recording with Tori Kelly and most recently Chance The Rapper, who they also backed on SNL, Late Night with Stephen Colbert and NPR’s Tiny Desk.

Thirdstory just released their debut album, Cold Heart, and have kicked off a headlining US Tour through late April. To celebrate, the trio released surprise single “Still In Love”, produced by Oak Felder (Khalid, Alessia Cara, Miguel) PLUS an acoustic version of the track featuring Eryn Allen Kane. Both versions will melt your thawing heart.

Collide spoke to Thirdstory about some of the things they love, and how New York City serves as their muse. Thirdstory play Los Angeles’ Belasco Theatre this Thursday March 22nd. See full tour schedule below.


What’s something you love that will never get old?
Thirdstory: Music by Joni Mitchell

Describe one moment that stands out the most to you from touring with Chance The Rapper
Thirdstory: Performing with Chance at Governor’s Ball in our home city was a particularly emotional moment. Hometown shows often feel a little more “real” because the three of us know people in the crowd or have watched other artists performing at the same venue.

How did you decide to work with Malay on bringing the debut record to life?
Thirdstory: Malay was the last producer we met during a string of writing sessions with various producers and songwriters, and we instantly knew we wanted him to produce the album after our first session. Malay very quickly helped us capture a sound that mixed our different influences, including folk, hip hop, and soul music.

Did you anticipate the response to your covers going viral like they did?
Thirdstory: We had no idea. I remember calling one of my friends up the night before we released our first video begging her to repost it when it went live.

What’s a song you’d like to cover that you haven’t yet?
Thirdstory: We’re big fans of both Lorde and Bon Iver and would love to cover something by either of those artists. Maybe “Liability”?

Name a song you couldn’t stop singing when you were growing up.
Richard: I would annoy my brothers by singing “Believe” by Cher a little too much. I tried to match the sound of Cher’s autotune with my voice haha.

Favorite thing about living in New York City?
Richard: The best thing about NYC is there’s a high likelihood for chance encounters with other great artists and potential collaborators. I would have never met Elliott, for example, if we didn’t happen to have back-to-back solo sets at Rockwood Music Hall a few years ago.

How does the city influence you creatively?
Thirdstory: “Cold Heart” as a body of work is inseparable from New York City. We did our best to illustrate New York’s cold, fast-paced, unforgiving, sometimes completely random nature with these songs.

You have a song titled “G Train.” What’s your craziest subway story?
Thirdstory: The lyrics about helping out “a guy who fell down nearby ‘cause he did a bit too much blow” are completely true-to-life.

Have you ever performed in the subway?
Thirdstory: We haven’t, but Ben wrote the first line of “G Train” as he sang random melodies and lyrics in passing while the three of us sat on the train.

Stage you most want to play?
Thirdstory: We’d love to perform our own music at a lot of the festivals we performed at with Chance. Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza were two favorites.

Last thing you read?
Richard: I’ve been going down a Tim Ferris wormhole and reading anything I can by him. His latest book “Tribe of Mentors” is amazing.


THIRDSTORY ON TOUR

MAR 21 – SAN DIEGO, CA – HOUSE OF BLUES
MAR 22 – LOS ANGELES, CA – THE BELASCO THEATER
MAR 24 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MEZZANINE
MAR 26 – PORTLAND, OR – HAWTHORNE THEATRE
MAR 27 – SEATTLE, WA – NEUMOS
MAR 28 – VANCOUVER, CANADA – BILTMORE CABARET
MAR 31 – DENVER, CO – MARQUIS THEATER
APR 2 – KANSAS CITY, MO – RECORDBAR
APR 3 – ST PAUL, MN – AMSTERDAM BAR & HALL
APR 4 – CHICAGO, IL – THALIA HALL
APR 6 – COLUMBUS, OH – A AND R MUSIC BAR
APR 7 – DETROIT, MI – THE SHELTER
APR 8 – TORONTO, CANADA – VELVET UNDERGROUND
APR 11 – PHILADELPHIA, PA – UNION TRANSFER
APR 12 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – 9:30 CLUB
APR 13 – BOSTON, MA – ROYALE
APR 14 – BROOKLYN, NY – BROOKLYN STEEL
APR 16 – NASHVILLE, TN – CANNERY BALLROOM
APR 17 – ATLANTA, GA – THE LOFT
APR 18 – CHARLOTTE, NC – VISULITE THEATRE
APR 20 – NEW ORLEANS, LA – HOUSE OF BLUES NEW ORLEANS

photo by: Travis Tatman
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