By: Ryan Stabile | AXS Contributor | Jan 30, 2016
In the sea of bands today that desperately cling to trends of the past in order to churn out gaudy and synthetic music, it is a very rare occasion when we see a band with enough authentic aesthetic to effortlessly embody the subversive rock gods of the sixties. For London-based Thirsty, they wear that ADJ naturally. With songs that adhere to the tried and tested rules of classic rock, an emphasis on lyrical storytelling and songs with names like “Libertine” and “02 10, 7 And Possibly 6,” it’s hard to believe that this is Thirty’s debut self-titled album.
Thirsty began as a songwriting collaboration between an English rock musician, Guy Bailey (founder of The Quireboys) and a Russian poet, Irina D. The original lyrical and thematic material created by Irina was set to music composed by Guy and her absorbing stories concerning Mafioso’s, Kennedy’s and Soviet snipers were imbued with Bailey’s early punk, psychedelic and arthouse sensibilities. The songs were then workshopped during all night sessions in Guy’s South London recording studio with some of England’s most accomplished musicians, including: Simon Hanson, drums (Death in Vegas, Squeeze), Chris Johnstone, bass (The Quireboys) and Lynne Jackaman, backing vocals (Saint Jude).
Thirsty opens the album with a slow, mellow rhythm guitar on the title track. Bailey’s grainy-yet-smooth vocals take us on a journey through the type of song you put on when you’re unwinding with a couple of beers on the porch or your local pub after a long day. The following track, “02 10, 7 And Possibly 6,” picks up the tempo with bluesy rock guitars and a solo that will get the party going. “Donnie to Sonny” tells the true story of the enduring friendship between pigeon fancying mafioso Sonny Black and undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone.Donnie to Sonny, delivered with true blues grit.
One of the stand-out singles from Thirsty is “God Bless America,” which is the life story of Rosemary Kennedy, sister of JFK. She was presented to the Royal Family in England as a beautiful debutante but was later lobotomized by her father in an attempt to fix certain perceived learning and behavioral issues. Bailey sings the story passionately with a little help from a backup choir.
Thirsty combines the artistry of Pink Floyd and the attitude of Louis XIV with their own flippantly chill flavor of bluesy rock and roll. This is music that you could sit in any bar and put on the Jukebox over and over again.
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Read the original AXS review HERE