Hendrix Professor’s Band releases its first album

CONWAY, Ark. (March 10, 2022) – THISNESS, a band that includes Hendrix College Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. James Dow, last month released Threshold, a 10-track digital album recorded, mixed and mastered in Arkansas.

Dow joined the Hendrix faculty in the fall of 2011 and currently chairs the College’s Mind/Neuroscience Program and directs the Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy. He is also taking music lessons to complete a music major at Hendrix.

“I am grateful that Hendrix College inspires its teachers as well as its students to cultivate the whole person and become whole people, Dow said. “It was through professional development discussions with the teachers at Hendrix that I realized I needed to reanimate the musical side of my identity.”

The band describes their music as being positioned “at the intersection of post-punk, indie/alternative rock and psychedelic rock – with hints of post-rock and southern goth”.

THISNESS first reunited in mid-2019 in Conway, with James Dow on vocals and guitar, Jesse Butler on guitar, Chris Carrier on drums and Michael Norton on bass. They debuted in Little Rock in February 2020; soon after, the COVID-19 pandemic gave them an unplanned break. The band members turned to writing and recording for the remainder of 2020, releasing early versions of “Gone”, “Asylum” and “Future”. They released the tracks “Fake” and “Gravity” in early 2021, along with new mixes of “Future” and “Asylum”.

The band recorded the album from May to August 2021, when Carrier moved to Indiana. Alex Bush joined the band on drums in September. THISNESS played two shows in October, as well as a streaming video performance as part of an online benefit for Arkansas Community Defenders. They also contributed a track (“Gravity”) to the benefit compilation Out from the Cold, which raised funds to help homeless residents of Little Rock. Threshold was released on February 25, 2022.

“Working with THISNESS on Threshold has been a great experience,” said Dow. “I explored ideas that sometimes emerge in discussions of philosophy and religion, but only in musical form: ideas of surrender and unity, darkness and light, nothingness and existence, of difference and repetition… We look forward to playing these new songs and more at live venues soon.

THISNESS has an outdoor set coming next month: They will perform Friday, April 15 at the University of Central Arkansas campus amphitheater. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more details on the band, visit linktr.ee/thisness, where you can find links to the album on Bandcamp and Spotify, follow them on social media, and more.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation and value have made Hendrix a fixture in many university guides, lists and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with The United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.

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