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Species Closeout

by Thea K

Urban stories of sociopolitical angst and unrequited love told through an intense mix of contemporary rock styles with a unique sensibility.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Species Closeout
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2. Unwanted Child
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3. Faces In The Shower
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4. Melted Wax
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5. Marion
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6. My Imago
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7. Fun House
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8. Thirty Dollars An Ounce
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9. Face The Fear
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10. Damaged Goods
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11. Homogenized
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This is the first self-produced CD from the multi-talented artist, Thea Kearney, who performs music under the name "Thea K." A singer, songwriter and guitarist, as well as visual artist from Brooklyn, NY, Thea K's music has diverse influences with a mix of folksy rock, metal, pop, punk and a bit of funk with a singer/songwriter sensibility.

From the sociopolitical commentary of the title track "Species Closeout" and the song "Homogenized," to the quirky pop of "Faces In the Shower" or funk-tinged songs "My Imago" and "Fun House," this CD has something for everyone. From the lighter, introspective songs "Marion" and "Damaged Goods" to the heavier, metal-influenced songs like "Thirty Dollars An Ounce," this CD takes the basic genre of rock and adds many different ingredients.

Always one to resist being put into a category or become a clone of anyone, Thea K, along with the drumming talents of Pam Arnold, and bassist Peter Sampson, has created a great D.I.Y. alternative rock album with thoughtful lyrics and some kicking rock n' roll. Crank this one up for the best listening experience! A self-taught musician, Thea K is not your average female singer/songwriter. She writes and plays her own guitar solos, illustrated and designed the cover, and had a hand in mixing the tracks as well. This CD is straight-forward with minimal overdubs or multi-tracking to stay faithful to Thea K's power trio live shows.

If you like different styles of rock with lyrics that are smart, angry, ironic and quirky, you will be pleased.

For more information about Thea K and upcoming live performances see www.theamusic.com.

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FYI: Thea K doesn't just sing about subjects that concern her, she is a proud member and supporter of The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and will give a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this CD to NRDC - the USA's most effective environmental action organization. For more information on how you can help, visit NRDC's website at www.nrdc.org.

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SPECIAL NOTICE April 2006:
Order the CD and you'll get a special FREE limited edition color 11" x 17" poster with the album art. Just order the CD and the poster will be mailed to you in a separate shipment. Offer Good while supplies last!


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Dan Herman - Radio Crystal Blue

Her songs are full of Plutonic, worldly, huge issues..
I could listen to Thea K every day. Her songs are full of Plutonic, worldly, huge issues...from life-affirming to destructive. She performed on my monthly showcase in NYC dressed to kill in a leopard print dress and lace wrap. Totally appropo, considering that the CD cover "Species Closeout" features a drawing of many animals, most with price tags. All through the CD there is the undercurrent of mourning and anger (Pluto again) channeled into excellent prose and alternative rock tunings "want to look into the sun/in the center of the sky/stare 'til I see the blood that's stained your mind/Why can't you tell me?" The words seem plaintive, but the melody and chords sure aren't. I think there's even a bit of a UK accent, which gives an extra bit of mystery. This multi-talented artist is a great listen for those days when you have some anger to blow off, or an issue to settle (and don't we all have those days?).

Ellen

Love this CD!!! The lyrics are really interesting and unique..the trio is quite
Loving this CD..very impressed. The unique lyrics of songs like "Species Closeout" and "Faces" stand out, and Thea has a fabulous voice. Even though the lyrics are printed on the CD insert, there is little need because the vocals are clear and unlike the slurred vocals so often heard in rock music. I can totally understand what shes singing about. Straight forward and very accessible, yet powerful and definitely rock and roll !!!!!

Bill Ribas - NYRock.com

Holy Bono Batman, a rocker with a social conscience.
Holy Bono Batman, a rocker with a social conscience. As Thea Kearney sings on the title track, "Human expansion and greed, breeding like rabbits, can't just have two or three, Bear gall bladder, tiger aphrodisiac, as if we really needed help to breed," this ain't no boy-loves-girl rock and roll here. And as each song passes, you might wish for a simple love song, but Kearney doesn't deliver that. Instead, you're peppered with lyrics that took a bit more than five minutes to hammer out, inundated with social commentary and observations. Granted, it's not the cheeriest stuff you'll ever hear, and it might even depress you. But I'd prefer to think of Kearney as a modern-day Patti Smith, a woman unafraid to punch out at problems she sees. Isn't rock and roll about rebellion anyway? The sound of the trio, consisting of Kearney on guitar and vocals, Peter Sampson on bass, and Pam Arnold on drums, has a stripped-down and bare-garage-band sound. Kind of like a beefed-up White Stripes with a bassist and female vocalist out front. "Thirty Dollars An Ounce," a song about the haves and have-nots, is my favorite.

Toine van Poorten/Metal Maidens magazine

good singer/songwriter with lyrics that really matter
Just like her good friend JANA PERI, THEA K hails from New York City. If your name reaches our office fromthis giant city, you must be something special, because there are zillions of bands in this metropole. JANA PERI and THEA K were special enough for us to be chosen out of this huge pile of bands. The music of THEA K shows some resemblance to the music of JANA PERI. It has a lot of variation, it’s very well done, and it’s suitable for radio airplay. It never gets real heavy maybe, but the singer/song-writer qualities of THEA K are very good indeed. And her guitar playing is okay too. Listen to the solo in “Marion”, and you will know that it‘s done with style and it has got some class as well. Her music could appeal to many people, while it has so much variation. And the lyrics are very well thought of, too. They are not the usual fantasy crap, but deal with topics that really matter to people. Thea’s band consists of Thea Kearney on guitar and vocals, Peter Sampson on bass and Pam Arnold on drums. The eleven songs on “Species Closeout” have a total length of about forty-five minutes. Most heavy song, and therefor maybe the highlight of this album, is “Thirty Dollars An Ounce”, but I guess you might find more songs on this album, that sound like a favorite to you. Last but not least, I want you to think about the topic used in the first song and title track of this album. Thea has a good point here. Because if we don’t change something about the behaviour of us people against our environment, we might be living in a world without elephants, tigers, gorillas and pandas in a couple of years. And that is something, that simply may not happen ever!