Often the Thinker is a studio project inspired by friendships, family, and the love of music. For close to a decade, we've written, produced, engineered, and released music on our own.

We reside in San Diego CA, Madison WI, San Jose CA, Boston MA, and Brooklyn NY.


Better Part of Vice

Released 05 December 2016

Produced, Engineered and Written by Drew Lundberg

Album Design and Layout by Adam Bluma

Better Part of Vice was a four year project, beginning in Massachusetts and ending in California. It was a much different process for us as we had extremely limited personal interaction. We had to trust that the arrangements and transitions were going to work. Making the move from the east to west coast, a majority of the recordings were done at my father-in-law’s ranch, where I took advantage of the space and natural reverb. When tracking drums, we were limited to two days in a studio in Madison, WI, where Travis had to finish writing his parts, as well as complete tracking. The rest of the recordings and mixes were finished in San Diego, where my wife and I now reside.


Life Long Aside

Released 01 November 2012

Produced and Written by Drew Lundberg

Engineered by Drew Lundberg and Tim Payne

Album Design and Layout by Adam Bluma

Life Long Aside was certainly the most time-consuming album I've been a part of. Majority of us were with other bands, playing out, doing session work, etc. Between this and constantly revisiting the tracks, it was over three years to see a final product.

We were very fortunate to be given the amount of studio time we had. I lived in my cousin's studio and house for a good six months - days, nights and weeks. My appreciation goes out to Tim and J for the time, energy and opportunity.


Spring Buzz

Released 01 June 2013

Produced and Engineered by Drew Lundberg

Written by Drew Lundberg and Zach Gorecki

Album Design and Layout by Adam Bluma

We actually started tracking these four tunes while Life Long Aside was in the heavier stages of mixing. I had known Zach through working on mixes for his previous band. He caught my attention with his different tunings and finger style techniques, and knew he would add something new to a few tracks on Life Long Aside.

The idea for a short split came while demoing ideas for his upcoming full-length. We started getting sounds for a few of Zach's other tunes, as he began fiddling with what became the beginning of the split, the intro to the title track Spring Buzz



Released 03 December, 2007

Produced, Engineered and Written by Drew Lundberg

Album Design and Layout by Adam Bluma

History was the first attempt at this project. I had had the desire to do some sort of heavy-layered instrumental album for years. A certain event in my life forced to me to retreat from everything entirely, allowing myself to start over and begin the process of writing and finding musicians for the album.

The album was based around very vague ideas, guitar portions and outlines, while having other musicians fill in on lengthier parts. Even though this was my first attempt at engineering and producing, I was fortunate to have Travis, Philip and all the other musicians allow the album to be very raw. Patience in Progress was the first Often the Thinker song I wrote - as happy as I still am with it, It's by far the most difficult tune to sit down and listen to.



"Many bands seem to be in a hurry these days, either pushing out releases before they are ready or simply playing fast. Often the Thinker honors its name with thoughtful, well-crafted pieces." - A Closer Listen
"This is definitely a side of post-rock we should be seeing more, and thank goodness we have bands like Often the Thinker not only doing it, but doing it so well." -Echoes And Dust
"History is 9 tracks, just under an hour, of catchy horn lines, layered guitars & intricate drum sections wavering in an extremely engaging collection of instrumental-shoegaze euphoria" - Newdust Indie Blog


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