Thirdstory Premieres Smooth 'G Train,' Produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Zayn): Exclusive

Third Story photographed in 2016
Victoria Stevens


In a matter of two years, Thirdstory (Elliott Skinner, Richard Saunders, Ben Lusher) has racked up millions of views with their inspired YouTube covers (from Taylor Swift's "Style" to Sam Smith's "I'm Not the Only One"), sang on Zayn's debut album (Elliott Skinner sings back up on "Blue"), toured with Tori Kelly, and clinched a deal with Universal Music Group. Now they're venturing out into the industry with their own music in hand, and they're off to a memorable start with "G Train."

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The guys of Thirdstory come from disparate parts of North America -- Lusher is a native of Bermuda, Saunders of Connecticut -- but their paths diverged in New York City, and the city's influence has seeped into their indie/R&B sound.

"'G Train' is inspired by our shared experiences living in New York, and all the futility and frustration you feel trying to find love here," Thirdstory says, creatively using one of the city's most fickle subway lines as a metaphor for the frustrations of love. "The song combines a lot of sounds we love: in-your-face drums, soulful vocals, and three-part harmony. We started writing it on a subway platform, and it's evolved into one of our favorite songs to perform on stage."

"G Train" is described as "Fleet Foxes meets 'No Diggity,'" with strong harmonies layered over handclaps and guitars. Best New Artist Grammy nominee Tori Kelly calls Thirdstory her favorite band. 

Their debut EP, Searching, comes out tomorrow (May 13) on Verve, with a full album produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Zayn) dropping this fall.