Thornhill have revealed that their rehearsal space was recently broken into, with most of their belongings and equipment – reportedly totaling close to $100,000 in value – stolen in the process.
Earlier this afternoon (January 24), the band took to social media with photos of the room with a hole in the roof, as well as shelves of merch boxes being ransacked and emptied. “Most everything Thornhill and our members own has been stolen,” they wrote, noting: “The location where our rehearsal space is located had a major fire and so no video evidence was captured as it had cut off all power to the whole block.”
The band went on to describe the incident as “a devastating blow” – especially as they work to “get back on track mentally” after a particularly hectic year in 2022, battling several major show cancellations and a change in their line-up . In their statement, Thornhill said they are “preparing for a big year of touring” ahead, but as a result of the break-in they have “barely anything left”.
Among the stolen gear, the band said, were “drums, cymbals, guitar gear, IEM stands, merch, cases, banners and personals”. They noted that they have insurance for the stolen items, “but with CCTV footage and only a police report to go by, we can only assume we won’t recover any of our costs”.
Regarding their imminent plans to get back on the road, Thornhill continued: “We are working closely with our agents in relation to our upcoming New Zealand and Australian tours to see if we can make things work and we are our best to show these to you.”
Meanwhile, the band is launched a GoFundMe campaign, with their aim to “help replace the gear we had”. They pleaded with fans: “If you can spare anything, it would mean the world to us as we try to find a way to get back on our feet and keep this band alive.”
At the time of writing, the crowdfunding effort has raised just over $13,000 of a $50,000 goal. You can add to that number hereand see the band’s full statement below:
Hello everyone, Sometime in the last few days our practice room was broken into and most of all Thornhill and…
Thornhill released their second album, ‘Heroine’, last June via UNFD. Debuted at number three on the ARIA charts and spawned four singles: ‘Casanova’, ‘Arkangel’, ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Raw’. They have spent much of the last year touring in support of the record, with their next shows – two headline dates in New Zealand – scheduled for next month. They will also be supporting Architects on their soon-to-be Australian tour.
Thornhill also made waves with their appearance on triple j’s As a version April last year, where they performed a cover of the Muse hit ‘Supermassive Black Hole’.