Thornhill: “I basically wrote every song to soundtrack a different movie or TV show”

Thornhill. Credit: Jon Pisani
(Image credit: Jon Pisani)

Music and film have been inseparable since the early days of the latter’s existence, and nothing has the power to elevate a movie’s impact quite like a powerful soundtrack. But in the case of Thornhill’s ambitious new record Heroine, the opposite is true – it’s a conceptual alt-rock epic that draws its biggest cues from Hollywood, with each track framed as a spiritual score for one of the many classic films and TV shows the band’s members were obsessed with in its genesis. 

‘Arkangel’, for example, recalls the moody and melodramatic flair of ‘90s staples like Buffy and Twin Peaks, while ‘Casanova’ plucks its aesthetic from the seminal Bond flicks of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Twined around Thornhill’s smoky and evocative slate of ‘core-twinged alt-rock – building on the breadth of grisly, yet atmospherically dense tones laid down their 2019 debut, The Dark Pool – Heroine serves to further establish the Melbourne maestros as shoe-ins for the next generation of stadium-packing legendaries. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…

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