kool thing began as the duo of Julie Chance and Jon Dark, originally from Dublin and Sydney respectively, who met in Paris in the end of 2010 at some side-street dive bar where Chance was DJing. The girls quickly noticed their overlap in musical sensibilities, swapped records, exchanged ideas and booked flights to Berlin, where they got straight to work bringing their new project to life
kool thing’s nocturnal sound weaves together textured washes of guitar, ghostly synthesizers, driving beats (supplied by drummer Valentin Plessy) and layered vocals, delivering heady electronic silhouettes lurking somewhere in the shadows. The combination of Jon’s classical musical training and Julie’s artistic vision manages to balance light with darkness, rough edges with smooth textures, reconciling disparate influences like grunge and wave, prog and pop – yet without any blatant retro fetishism, gazing not down at their shoes but stridently ahead into an ominous future.
Since realising kool thing was their calling, the band has traveled around the world playing with artists such as Light Asylum, Maria Minerva and MEN. Canadian band Austra were also intrigued, asking kool thing to be support act for both their European tours in 2011, including sold-out shows at Scala (London) and Berghain (Berlin), and again inviting them back to tour Australia in 2012. Since then, they have added Milan, Athens, and the Airwaves festival in Reykjavik to the list of cities where they have been invited to play, and have now shared stages with everyone from Grimes to New Order. From festivals to club shows, kool thing rarely leave a venue without captivating new fans.