One of hardest working bands in the Brooklyn DIY music scene.
Smart, independent, talented musicians, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
We’re proud to present THICK!!
Since forming in 2014, they have played with bands like Pouty, Patio, Tall Juan, Haybaby, and even A Place To Bury Strangers and so many more. Drawing crowds wherever they play; their set is truly an experience.
Being in the crowd, you feel a warm, welcoming feeling of acceptance and good times. People are dancing, moshing, and crowdsurfing all around you. You can go to their show alone without ever feeling alone, it’s just part of the atmosphere. By the end of the night, you can feel a little closer as if you’ve known them the whole time.
THICK is Shari Page (drums), Kate Black (bass), and Nikki Sisti (guitar). Bringing nostalgic influences that we all know and love. We’ve all had a pop-punk phase at one point in our lives, whether we like to admit or not, Blink-182 was on repeat somewhere in our heads. A riot grrrl, garage rock, pop punk, headbanging fusion, and 100% fun. Addictive lyrics and melodies making the dance floor shake (seriously, you can feel the vibrations in the floor).
From their most recent release, It’s Always Something, the first single was ‘Anymore.’ A song that every person can relate to when they reach a certain moment in their 20s. You just got an aparment in Bushwick, you’re poor, your friends have all found their perfect mates in what seems to be the long-term relationship you desire/deserve, plus you need to start adulting. You realize that you’re not a kid anymore.
Starting with a soft melody, just one guitar. Then the bass and drums come in. Soft vocals singing “I got that job for my mom, and now I’m bored / I got that apartment in Brooklyn, and now I’m poor.” Growing up is a cruel wake up call and time flies. Trying to become what our parents and what the world expects of us is daunting and a constant internal struggle. ‘Anymore’ has an upbeat sound as if the band is trying to reassure us that everything may look like its caving in around you, but you’re rising past everything. You’re rising past your childhood, old friends, and starting a new part of your life with new people (and better music). So get out there, live, have adventures, and just experience what life has to offer. Only clocking in at 3:44, ‘Anymore’ is just one of those things that we need to get through the day sometimes.
Catch THICK at your local watering hole. Also, check out our interview with them below…
We sent THICK some questions and they had some answers:
When and why did you guys start playing music?
Nikki – THICK started in 2014, but we were kind of just wasted the entire time haha it wasn’t until Kate joined last October that we were like, “Hey maybe we should record songs and do something with it.” I guess THICK started because I was tired of going to shows and seeing all dudes on stage. I wanted to see more women shred and head bang and have fun and I wanted women to be like “Hey if those girls can do it maybe I can too.”
Shari – I was always obsessed with music as a kid, because I use to watch music videos non-stop. I remember being 4-years-old and having thoughts about being in a band–thanks 90’s TV !! Drums came into the picture when my mom asked if I wanted to take drum lessons at the Long Island Drum School in third grade.
Kate – I hadn’t picked up an instrument since quitting HS band in 9th grade, but when I was 23, all my friends were playing music in Brooklyn. One of them was nice enough to let me play keys for a bit, but really I just wanted to play bass. So, when the opportunity arose I jumped on it. Threw a band and some songs together and played a show a week later. Been totally in love with bass ever since!
How did you start playing music together?
Nikki – I met Shari on Craigslist cause I was looking for a female drummer who loved Blink-182 haha and then we met Kate because we were always at the same shows in all the same mosh pits. Kate use to be in another band and everything kind of fell into place cause she was leaving that project right when we needed a new bass player.
Shari – to get hot guys…jk. I made a wish at 11:11 to meet other girl musicians who love Blink-182. I was always the only girl in experimental/indie rock bands, and I wanted to do something different, so I started looking at Craig’s List ads, and saw “two girls, one drummer”.
Kate – The timing really worked out perfectly… I had gotten out of a project and was looking around for something that was going to be fun and collaborative. THICK is basically the exact kind of project I was hoping for when I first started playing. There’s nothing better than hanging out with two of your best friends, making new music and goofing off on stage.
Who and/or what are you biggest non-musical influences?
Nikki – My grandma. She used to wear a hat with a blond rat tail attached to the back of it all the time. She inspired me.
Shari – My two cousins Alicia and Lana were always into music, and are the coolest people. My cousin in the 90’s had every cool band poster on her wall. I was being taught to listen to the Smashing Pumpkins in fourth grade. I also remember my cousins car mix as a teenager, and learning who Elliot Smith was.
Kate – Probably my parents?
Who do you pull influence from locally?
Nikki – When I first moved here in 2012 I saw Haybaby at Cake Shop for the first time and Leslie was yelling so hard and I’m like “Damn I wanna do this, I can do this.” I was also obsessed with Big Ups- their shows were so entertaining I wanted to play shows that people wouldn’t be bored at.
Shari – Washer, Big Ups, Slothrust, Plain Dog, PWR BTTM, Diet Cig, LVL UP, Cymbals Eat Guitars!! I’m always studying melodies and interesting drum beats.
Kate – I’ve probably seen Surfbort more than any other local band. I never get sick of them. Dani’s a super dynamic front person and they have some of my favorite lyrics to shout along with. Haybaby’s definitely up there too! They have incredible range in tone and are such a strong force. I always wish I could bottle up some of Alex from Diet Cig’s energy — I can’t seem to manage bouncing that much (with orr without guitar in hand). Totally obsessed with Slothrust (especially the new album) lots of love for PWR BTTM. Stuyedeyed slayed so hard the last time we played together, I didn’t want to have to go on after them.
What are your goals as a band?
Nikki – Put out a record that I am proud of and want to share with everyone and then travel back in time to 1997 and go on tour with Blink-182
Shari – To start wearing a poncho at shows, since I get beer and tequila spit at me all the time.
Kate – To spit more beer at Shari
Do you have anything coming up, so we can keep our eyes peeled for?
Nikki – We have new material so we are going to record soon !!
Shari – Besides our own sock and underwear line, we have some really cool shows coming up. Also the new music is sounding sick!!
Kate – We’ve got a really fun show coming up at BK Bazaar on 3/3 with the So So Glos, High Waisted and Unstoppable Death Machines. And we’re heading down to Austin for a few shows at SXSW with a few other dates on the way there and back.
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Stream a curated Spotify playlist by THICK — songs that helped shape their sound:
Catch THICK on tour:
3/11 Asheville, NC – Static Age-Records – Thick (NYC), with The Power at Static Age.
3/13 Fort Worth, TX – Lola’s Saloon – Sharkmuffin, Ex-girlfriends & THICK at Lola’s Saloon
3/14 Austin, TX – Fine Southern Gentlemen (8:40PM) FREE + unofficial, come hang!
3/16 Austin, TX – Hard Luck Lounge (8:00PM) FREE + unofficial, come hang!
3/17 Austin, TX – Hops and Grain (5:45PM) FREE + unofficial, come hang!
3/17 Austin, TX – Spider House Cafe and Ballroom (7:55PM) FREE + unofficial, come hang!
3/19 Winston-Salem, NC – Mesmerizer Records – details TBA
All photos were taken by Rick Perez of BlackOnTheCanvas