I can’t classify Raleigh’s Thirsty Curses. Alt-Country? Folky-Americana? Garage-Punk? Indie-Rock (gasp!)? Your significant other that doesn’t appreciate your taste in punk music will probably like half this album. Great, but why do are you reading about this band on Dying Scene, you’re rightfully asking. Because as soon as I start to think Thirsty Curses’ music might not qualify for Dying Scene, a pissed off, fast paced track with gang backed “whoah-ohs” comes out of nowhere and seems to pull them back into the realm of acceptable Dying Scene standards. As schizophrenic as their genre influences seems to be, the one common denominator is that I dig every single track I’m hearing. If you have trouble getting into anything outside your typical skate-punk or hardcore, this one won’t be for you. If you occasionally like to dabble in rock ‘n roll, folk, or God forbid, more contemporary indie rock like Modest Mouse or Mumford and Sons you might want to give this quirky album a spin below. I defy you not to get hooked by the track “Dimlit Cathedral.”
Recorded, produced, and mixed by the legendary Mitch Easter (Avett Bros., R.E.M., The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Pavement) at the Fidelitorium (Kernersville, NC), All Shook Up takes the band’s eclectic sound on their previous release (Holy Moly) and ratchets up the fusion of genres that shape the infectious Thirsty Curses sound. In the midst of recording the album, front-man Wilson Getchell stated, “The only way you’re getting these songs out of your head is with a bullet.”
Starting off with the boisterous “I Can’t Keep Up” and ending with the reflective “Long Folk Revival”, the band’s second outing draws from a variety of influences, as each of the individual members maintain a healthy and diverse musical appetite, evident throughout the group’s extensive catalog. Divided into three “movements”, the band seamlessly juxtaposes honest and self-referential topics such as difficult relationships, dead-end jobs, and shaping one’s sense of self with tongue-in-cheek observations about “Today’s Kids (Are Not Rockers)” and the state of the world today.
In the guys’ own words: “We received a lot of feedback from the last record that there was something on there for everyone to enjoy and we wanted to carry that aesthetic through on this record… but this time around we wanted to make the punk songs more raucous, the ballads more soulful, and the rock-jams more epic in scope.”
After a listen to the final five contiguous tracks on the record, the boys have undeniably achieved a grander soundscape through the additional harmonies of Kevin See’s raucous lead guitar and the dynamic interplay between Tradd Yancey’s and David “Keebler” Henry’s toe-tapping rhythm section which never seems to take a breath. Wilson Getchell’s catchy vocal melodies are beautifully complimented by additional backing vocals throughout the record, which provide another layer of pop-sensibility to the diverse song selections and only add to the “ear-worm-quality” of the tracks.
On the whole, All Shook Up is the perfect summer record to blast while driving to the beach with the windows down, to crank up late at night for a pick-me-up, and to find the hair-of-the-dog the next morning. Just be prepared to relentlessly hum the tracks while at work, including the NSFW ones…
Sound: Cheeky, bouncy indie pop that doesn’t take itself so goddamn seriously, but seriously gets in your head all the same.
Story: “The only way to get these songs out of your head is with a bullet” says Thirsty Curses front man Wilson Getchell during the recording of the band’s newest record All Shook Up, which is out right now, friends. That’s kinda dark, maybe. But this tune helps to illustrate the point by its brightness, buoyed up by frenetic playing and affable delivery, not to mention a kaleidoscopic animated video that matches with the childlike energy of the music. The song and the rest of the record was produced by none other than Mitch Easter, he of Let’s Active and the early production chair occupier for a little band called REM.
“We think a record that implies wearing condoms isn’t rock ‘n roll might not be the right fit for us.”
“More than anything, this band reminds us of Kings of Leon.”
Digital High Music Blog – Blurb on Thirsty Curses “Dimlit Cathedral” Single.
– on this teaser track from their second studio album Greetings From Grand Rapids, the North Carolina quartet ratchet up the catchy, with a lively mix of foot stomping rhythms and vocal harmonies.
Thirsty Curses is an eclectic four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Raleigh, NC. Like a tall glass of water they satisfy on their latest single “Holy Moly” that is an infectious blend of rock and punk infused with southern charm – we swear!
“Nomadic songwriter Wilson Getchell (Wall-Eyed) lands in North Carolina to form the perfect band for his eclectic talent.
Holy Moly not only stands out as Getchell’s best songsmithing to date, but also his best sounding recording. Right away, “Ooh Rah Rah” kicks things off with a stomping ferocity featuring the gritty lead guitar of Kelley Otwell, whose virtuosity clearly marks the entire album, especially in the following “War to Wage” where his strings become heavy psychedelic bliss. The songs progress, marking bassist Keebler and drummer Tradd Yancey as extremely versatile musicians while exploring the various elements of Americana that clearly mark Getchell’s passionate, emotional sound. It’s the album he’s been waiting to make his entire career.
In this age of anxiety and distrust, it’s nice to sit back with a beer and just sink into music. Thirsty Curses have provided just that.”
“‘Holy Moly‘ – Thirsty Curses. This super-charged indie-rock tune has the whoa-ohs of street punk, the thrashing drums of a rock band, and country touches in the vocals. Yet there remains an overall sense that this could have been a folk tune at one point, albeit in a slower tempo. It’s a blast to hear lead singer Wilson Getchell belt out, “HOOOO-lllly MOOOO-llllyyyyy” in the chorus.”