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Albums Of The Week: Thick | Happy Now

The N.Y. punk trio wrap their confessional lyrics in cathartic riffs & sweet harmonies.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Since first forming in 2014, New York trio Thick have triumphed at turning the harshest truths into wildly exhilarating punk songs.

On their second album Happy Now, guitarist Nikki Sisti, bassist Kate Black and drummer Shari Page deliver their most complex and confessional work yet, exploring everything from self-sabotage and insecurity to victim-blaming and destructive relationships. Raw, irreverent, and brutally honest, Happy Now ultimately offers both joyful catharsis and much-needed instruction for living well in turbulent times.

“Most of our songs lean toward optimism, even when there’s a lot of pain in them,” says Sisti, who refers to Thick’s output as a “living diary.” “It’s not about toxic positivity or trying to force yourself into happiness; it’s about recognizing that it’s OK to feel a whole spectrum of emotions, and then getting to the other side and really growing from your experiences.”