Thrive : Reviews
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(March 1995)

Reviewed By Jamie Tennant

Thrive aren't an exciting band; they aren't a poppy band; hell, they aren't even what some people would call a band, consisting only of Madame Quattorze (vocals) and Deane (machinery). Band or not, this atmospheric bit of technoindstrogoth (yeah, I made that up) stands up for itself, and stands out by itself - especially in the current deluge of that post-grunge indie guitar rock thing.

Sure, Nine Inch Nails were huge last year, but that doesn't ensure that people like like Thrive. Both bands are the same neighbourhood, but while Trent Reznor is the neighbour who shouts at the kids and kicks the dog, Thrive are the creepy couple who sit alone in the living room with the blinds shut. They may not be quite as aggressive, but they're a lot spookier.

"Sophistry", the title track of this EP, is a structural model for the rest of the disc. It starts off quietly, and swells upward until the clacking, clankin' percussion kicks in. Quattorze's vocals are sometimes ethereally reminiscent of Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Frazer. Her despairing lyrics set the tone, yet perhaps the best song - "Melancholia remix" - has no vocals at all, only tweaks and blips. A classic. Oddly, there is something inexplicably sexual about the rhythms on "Sophistry", and that, perhaps isthe only true Reznoresque thing about it. So consider this: for scary fun, go visit Trent's house and let him yell at you. For a truly haunting experience, though, go around the corner and join Thrive for tea. Just don't go in the basement.

(Issue #8; Feb '94)

Thrive (Self-titled EP)
Reviewed By JS

An experimental Goth/Industrial band, Thrive has an intoxicating way of opening up your mind and letting the music flow right in. This is great! It's got everything from hard guitars and machines to classical backgrounds and dreamy voices. The new Goth duo, Madame Quatorze and Deane, work very well together and bring a new definition to Goth/Industrial music. This very original band from Toronto will soon make it very big in the clubs. Madame Quattorze's beautiful voice sings about obsessiveness, psychological imbalance and death. The lyrics and music are so powerful. Finally, a new band with some real talent and originality. If you can get your hands on this, you won't be let down.


Reviewed By Eddie Lunchpail

Wow, it's amazing what a band can do in only a year and half. I thought their first release thrive (1993) was good, this is simply great! It appears that Thrive is striving for a more electronic sound, and does it ever work! You just have to listen to the title track to be convinced of this. This is beginning to sound cliched, but "painful female vocals, powerful electronic music, too elaborate to be just simple soundscapes". The jewel of "Sophistry" is the song "Hollowmen", which appeared on their first release (Just imagine female spirits whispering in your ears, penetrating your senses, and beat the will make your heart burst). I should also make mention that Thrive enlisted the help of Anthony H who helped mix and edit this release. An excellent decision musically.