The Thing is a four piece from New York City.
The band originated in High School when Michael Carter, Jack Bradley, and Zane Acord bonded over a shared love for rock & roll. Over the years they honed their craft, self recording and writing songs influenced by 60’s pioneers such as the Kinks, Grand Funk Railroad, and artists of The Nuggets Compilation. As they progressed in skill and knowledge the band started to envision a career inspired by the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, King Gizzard, and The Black Keys.
The Thing started playing shows and creating a buzz around New York City in the Winter of 2022. Shortly after, the band embarked on small tours up and down the east coast. Their energetic live performances earned the attention of honest music lovers.
Their debut record “Here’s The Thing” was released in April 2023. The record is a compilation of songs written throughout the early years of the band. It was self recorded and produced deep in the hills of Sharon, CT, continued in their Crown Heights apartment, then finished in the band’s East Williamsburg studio, Onion Records. While each environment was set up with humble equipment, the band’s commitment for authentic recording and their passion for rock & roll is what makes the album unique.
Diet Lite formed in 2018 while members Max Niemann, Evan Marsalli and Kelson Kuzdas were all attending school at UW-Oshkosh. The band was originally just Marsalli and Kuzdas – who recorded a demo together called Osh Vegas. This early iteration of Diet Lite is a funkier, more psyche-rock influenced version of how the band sounds today – some of the vocal melodies and delivery can be likened to Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Niemann, who was desperate to be a part of a band, joined the duo, and they recorded a self-titled album in 2019. On that album, Diet Lite’s indie-punk sound starts to take form, while still carrying over some of the funk on Osh Vegas. The track “Funky Ass Gritz” feels like it could be ripped straight from a Cake record, whereas tracks like “Stuck” culminate in the noisy rock-and-roll solos that fans have come to expect from the band.
After graduating in 2019, Diet Lite made its way to Milwaukee. Due to the pandemic, it wouldn’t be until 2021 that the band could play its first show on their new home turf, but its members kept busy writing songs that would eventually appear on Seems To Be The Way It Tends To Go. This is where the Diet Lite that Milwaukee has come to love truly begins.
Much happens with Diet Lite after this point – the band plays over 100 shows, and goes viral on the internet multiple times. The band begins releasing singles and EPs in 2022 that will eventually be compiled into Diet Lite’s debut, Mayor-Johnson approved, full-length album – Into the Pudding.