Originally formed by Colorado natives Joey Riley (vocals/lyrics/keys) and Patrick Greene (vocals/lyrics/guitar), who’ve been friends since junior high, the band takes its name from a passing conversation about finger painting. The moniker stuck and has since come to signify the band’s appreciation for all artistic expressions and mediums. After a couple years, Riley and Greene welcomed Ryan McGuire (drums) to the line-up. And now, the three go by Chiefy Roon, Pablo Tortoise, and Animal, respectively on stage.
Together, they create layered, thoughtful lyrics set against an atmospheric mix of textured synths, heady guitar riffs and moments of dissonant perfection. Think Cage The Elephant meets Spoon or Tame Impala crashes into Kings Of Leon blended with a dash of early influence courtesy of The Kinks and The Beatles.
05.05.20 'Actual Texture' Reviewed by Parapop
05.04.20 Special Thumbs 'Actual Texture' : Exact petulance - the encore - that immediacy, divine.
04.14.20 Special Thumbs dark and light, heavy and dreamy rock of "21 [F.O.L.]"
10.22.19 ‘Fabricated’. “Hooky, psyche-tinged fabulousness.”
08.24.19 Check out the trippy videos for 'Guppy' and 'Rise'
07.31.19 Special Thumbs "Guppy" Release Show
12.25.17 Top 10 Singles of 2017 (Listen to Your Mother at #2)
11.09.17 POLLEN Reviewed by Red Dirt Report
05.30.17 Listen to Your Mother Reviewed by Indie Obsessive
05.11.17 ADVICE Release Show by The Oklahoman
03.22.17 Tower Titans: Special Thumbs Gets 'Goopy'
02.10.17 Lady Fingers Reviewed by Indie Spoonful
12.28.16 Top 20 EP's of 2016 (POLLEN in top 10)
11.25.16 Leave Home/Get High Reviewed by Buffablog
11.02.16 POLLEN Reviewed by Obscure Sound
10.12.16 Special Thumbs Founders Interviewed by Oklahoma Gazette