Are you a Thrills seeker?After sweltering through a very unBritish start to the summer, things are about to get even hotter at the Cornerhouse in Middlesbrough on Tuesday thanks to the sun-kissed sounds of The Thrills.
The Irish quintet, whose latest single Big Sur Big Sur
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That was three years ago and Conor, Daniel, Padraic, Kevin and Ben spent that summer chilling on the beach listening to the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach This biographical article or section needs additional references for verification.
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They found themselves searching for a record label last year with an album's worth of songs that oozed summer cool. After signing to Virgin, they headed back to the West Coast and tucked themselves away in a studio just off Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Last time Sounds talked to The Thrills, Conor was fighting off a bout of flu as he put the finishing touches to the band's debut So Much For The City, which sees its long awaited release at the end of the month.
As their new tour got underway last weekend, Sounds caught up with guitarist Dan, who was enjoying some Oxford sunshine by a pool, to find out what life has been like since they were last in the North-east.
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"Then we finished off the album and went to Japan. We spent some time over in Europe as well. It's all been really good so far."
Not bad for a band who were still looking for a record deal this time last year.
They're looking forward to a busy summer, with the release of their debut album and a flurry of festival appearances, the first of which was the Isle of Wight Noun 1. Isle of Wight - an isle and county of southern England in the English Channel
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They'll be playing at Glastonbury as soon as the tour finishes as well as Reading and Leeds, T In The Park and a big homecoming spot at Dublin's Witness festival as well.
All the while, the band will be working on new material for album number two.
"We want to build on what we've got and we don't want to sit back and relax just yet," says Dan. "There's four songs that are definitely going to be on it and two are already earmarked for singles. It's looking good already."
* Joining The Thrills for a sell-out show on Tuesday night are Zutons.