London-based Thirsty is a band grounded in the classic, subversive rock of the sixties. They don’t shy away from the simple three minute, three chord rock n’ roll format made famous by the artists of that time but insist on bringing something fresh to the table; turning the formula on its head with their literary storytelling and delivery.
The project gained significant momentum with the support and guidance of legendary Rolling Stones’ producer, Chris Kimsey, whose unique gifts and approach to capturing raw performances helped shape each of the tracks into a complete and finished body of work. Thirsty’s resulting self-titled debut conjures up the Stones, Dylan and particularly Lou Reed while giving the excellent musical accompaniment it’s time to shine. “We have all known each other for years and collaborated formally and informally many times” recalls Bailey. “But the Thirsty material had such a good vibe that we just kept going until we had 10 songs, at which point we all said “there’s a real album here”.
Thirsty is a collection of songs grounded in the classic pop/rock format with thematic elements from arthouse, psychedelic and alternative music. Thirsty began as a songwriting collaboration between an English rock musician, Guy Bailey (founder of Quireboys) and a Russian poet, Irina D.
The songs started with original lyrical and thematic material created by Irina which was set to music composed by Guy; and then recorded during all night sessions in his South London recording studio with the backing of some of England’s most accomplished rock musicians, including Simon Hanson, drums (Death in Vegas, Squeeze), Chris Johnstone (Quireboys), Lynne Jackaman, backing vocals (Saint Jude).
The project gained significant momentum with the support and guidance of legendary Rolling Stones’ producer, Chris Kimsey, whose unique gifts and sensibilities helped to shape each of the tracks into a complete and finished body of work. Working within the strict formulaic structure of the classic three minute pop song, each of the ten tracks on the album tells a complex life story or gives a vivid picture of a human condition using incisive lyrics and empathetic vocal and musical accompaniment.
Thirsty firmly believe in the enduring immediacy and power of the three minute formula. As with many of the best art forms. Thirsty believe that working within the disciplines of a simple but strict formulaic structure is not limiting but provides the best artists with the opportunity to be most creative. Less is more.
Give Thirsty a listen on their SoundCloud here.