Vikki Thorn: “I need to be in the moment when I record”

Vikki Thorn. Credit: Toni Wilkinson
(Image credit: Toni Wilkinson)

For the past 30 years, Vikki Thorn has been known best for work as an acoustic strummer and singer in the legendary folk-rock vehicle The Waifs. It’s been a fruitful journey thus far, and one she’s enamoured to continue – eight acclaimed studio albums, countless sold-out treks across the country and the globe, and an adoring legion of fans that never fail to flail when Thorn bore her twee and twangy magic… It’s not a bad life to lead. But Thorn has long dreamt of spreading her wings and soaring beyond what’s possible The Waifs – to explore an exciting new corner of the rock ’n’ roll spectrum she’s always admired, but never had the ability to embrace as an artist herself. 

Cue: ThornBird, a stomping, swampy, hard-rocking blues record that allowed Thorn – alongside longstanding Waifs bassist Ben Franz, plus newcoming axeman Luke Dux, drummer Todd Pickett and all-rounder Dan Carroll – to make her wildest musical dreams come true. So the story goes, Thorn’s new project (also dubbed ThornBird) came to life after a chance encounter in a local Albany pub, where stumbled upon a loose and explosive set from an underground band of Perthian rock ’n’ rollers shredding out to their hearts’ content. 

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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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