My Everything (Wooden)
Signed to renowned guitarist Ronnie Wood’s own label Wooden Records (not the cleverest play on words), produced by Babyshambles / The Libertines producer Jake Fior, TV exposure, and a number of high profile support slots for big names bands under their belt including supporting the Stones (the aforementioned label owner’s other concern and much envied day job), it’s safe to say the Brixton four piece have been given a fair bit of limelight before their debut album has even been released.
‘My Everything’ from their forth coming album is a distressing tale of a teenage girl diagnosed as HIV positive; a quiet melancholic intro alludes to this with such sharp and poignant lines as “Her bloodstream’s overrun by certain cells that would love to seer her… dead”. The song cranks up a gear with some quite lively interplay between rhythm and hyperactive lead guitar, as energetic and darn right danceable as the tune becomes, it doesn’t detract from the moving narrative of a young girl’s downward trajectory into drugs and self isolation due to the hopelessness of her plight. With dynamic songs structures, engaging lyrics and a sense of their own style, The Thirst are a cut above your average scruffy, trilby-wearing wannabe indie guitar bands that are carbon-copies of their predecessors.Craig Harkness