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Hendrix Professor’s Band Releases Debut Album

THISNESS_threshold.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (March 10, 2022) – THISNESS, a band that features Hendrix College Associate Professor of Philosophy Dr. James Dow, last month released Threshold, a 10-track digital album recorded, mixed, and mastered in Arkansas.

Dow joined the Hendrix faculty in fall 2011 and currently chairs the College’s Study of the Mind/Neuroscience Program and directs the Marshall T. Steel Center for the Study of Religion and Philosophy. He is also taking music classes to complete a music major at Hendrix. 

“I am grateful that Hendrix College inspires its faculty as well as its students to cultivate the whole person and become well-rounded people,” Dow said. “It was through professional development discussions with faculty at Hendrix that I realized I needed to reanimate the musical side of my identity.”

The band describes its music as positioned “at the intersection of post-punk, indie/alternative, and psychedelic rock – with hints of post-rock and southern gothic.” 

THISNESS first came together in mid-2019 in Conway, with James Dow on vocals & guitar, Jesse Butler on guitar, Chris Carrier on drums, and Michael Norton on bass. They made their debut in Little Rock in February 2020; shortly thereafter, the COVID-19 pandemic gave them an unplanned break from performing. Band members turned to writing and recording for the remainder of 2020, releasing early versions of “Gone,” “Asylum,” and “Future.” They released the tracks “Fake” and “Gravity” in early 2021, as well as new mixes of “Future” and “Asylum.”

The band recorded the album from May through August of 2021, when Carrier relocated to Indiana. Alex Bush joined the band on drums in September. THISNESS played two shows in October, plus a streaming video performance as part of an online benefit for Arkansas Community Advocates. They also contributed a track (“Gravity”) to the Out from the Cold benefit compilation, which raised funds to aid unsheltered residents of Little Rock. Threshold was released on February 25, 2022.

“Working with THISNESS on Threshold was an awesome experience,” Dow said. “I explored ideas that sometimes emerge in discussions of philosophy and religion, but only in musical form: ideas of abandonment and togetherness, darkness and light, nothingness and existence, difference and repetition… We are looking forward to playing these and other new songs at live venues soon.”

THISNESS has an outdoor set coming up next month: They will perform Friday, April 15 at the amphitheater on the University of Central Arkansas campus. The show begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For details about the band, visit, where you can find links to the album on Bandcamp and Spotify, follow them on social media, and more. 

About Hendrix College 

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit