If you’ve been following WKNC’s coverage of local artists then you’re no stranger to the name Thirsty Curses. This Raleigh rock band has been prominent on the scene since 2017 and has made quite a name for themselves rather quickly.
Ultimately, what I perceived as the greatest takeaway of this video was the timing of its release… It seems as though Getchell, without even knowing what kind of landscape we’d find ourselves in months later (as this song was written and released in 2019), was able to tune in to exactly what the population was feeling… and needed to hear.
“Thirsty Curses’ “self-titled album provides a raw, unapologetic perspective on the roughness we all feel through the ins and outs in life. This musical masterpiece of an album draws from several genres – such as punk, lighter and heavier rock, alternative and even country – although this album gives off a true “classic rock” vibe through and through. Every song beautifully blends diverse sounds and styles with harmonious and catchy lyrics. An album that would please both you and your older-aged rock-loving dad…
Thirsty Curses did it all absolutely right and smashed it out of the park with this album. This one is a true winner.”
“There is some phenomenal songwriting on this album. In every song, the lyrics flow and swing together extremely harmoniously, creating a sense of continuity and balance that lets you just sink deep into the music.”
“Each track of this album refuses to hide raw emotion from the weight of life, but also leaves traces of hope between the lyrics. “Thirsty Curses” is like shifting clouds in a foggy winter day that invite temporary beams of light to shine through the gloom.”
“From the Refreshments tinged “Smash-Hit,” to the toe-tapping “You Don’t Have To Tell Me,” and the spastically haunting, jaunty melody of the piano laced “Cold Black Ink,” Thirsty Curses gives us slight touches of punk, folk, country, 90’s alternative, and even Americana with songs such as “Slice of Paradise” and “Red Marks,” but never truly dips more than a toe into the water of each sound. This album is all over the place stylistically, but that doesn’t mean that sitting in the middle of each song is what becomes their signature; top-notch songwriting!”
“I’m a sucker for pop smarts, intelligent and witty lyrics, and a bang-up whistling tune. This record has all three.”
“Brilliant! …Post-punk Americana with inflections of gypsy swing.”
“This scratches some itch I didn’t know I had.”
“Thirsty Curses are a great discovery not only for garage lovers, but for a wide public of eclectic taste, as their sounds are able to take them far…
The garage rock band is able to draw musical materials which range over different generes, from punk and folk to country and blues. Despite their recent formation, they have been highly productive musically. Their latest self-titled album, was recently released by Spectra Music Group on November 8 and is now available on all streaming platforms.
Moreover, the first single extracted from the album is “I Want To Wreck Your Car” that, as the title could suggest, is about a complicated relationship. In the lyrics, love and hate are mixed together in a flow of conflicting thoughts that can be generated by only a deep feeling. It is a contrast that is possible to perceive even with the sounds, which open the song in a happy way to conclude it then with chaotic guitars that melt together in something that makes the listener feel close to The Beatles’ “Day in the Life”.”
“I started writing from a different place,” Getchell said. “The ‘All Shook Up’ album was a little angrier than the upcoming record. I’ve just started exploring some difference influences and some different sounds and different approaches to writing. This album is a little more personal than previous stuff.”
Getchell said that if there was a theme to the record, it was a “personal reflection of how did I end up here?”
“Anybody that’s heard Thirsty Curses’ music knows that you guys have an awesome blend of all these different genres…Alternative, mixed with Americana, mixed with a little folk, and even some country…So, how would you all describe your sound?”
“Some raw emotion-laden alt-rock that hits all the right notes.”
Thirsty Curses make rock’n’roll, with a boisterous beer-swilling edge to it. Many of these songs are about living it up while things fall apart at the seams, or at least trying to find some glory in chaos and meaninglessness. You might hear a connection to the Replacements, the Hold Steady, the Dropkick Murphys, and other rowdy rockers.
Getchell’s songs do a nice job of balancing exuberance and despair. There’s a thread of existential crises running through many of his songs, but there’s also a fair bit of shrugging off the hardship with bits of winking optimism.
“Wild materials operate in this act, a kind of insurgency that reminds me a little of early Kings of Leon but a countrier dimension. Perhaps a little Clap Your Hands Say Yeah going by the slightly demented singing. And all railroading by Johnny Cash knocking out the rhythm, yep this is a track with plenty of facades, personalities with even room for a little Undertones before it closes. I like its action jackson approach and though there was never a moment of transcendence it still made for escapism of the highest order.”
As schizophrenic as their genre influences seems to be, the one common denominator is that I dig every single track I’m hearing… I defy you not to get hooked by the track “Dimlit Cathedral.”
The band has an eclectic sound that touches on everything from punk rock to folk. They sound like a cross between the Avett Brothers and Rise Against. On their new album that diverse sound is delightfully all over the place. For the first time in a while, we listened through the album and struggled to choose which song to pick as the Indie Song of the Day because it’s all pretty damn good.
Listen through “Slice of Paradise” from Thirsty Curses below and be sure to stream the album on Apple Music and Spotify too. You won’t regret it.
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.”
– 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!