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The arrival of our EP/Mixtape “Laugh with the Sinners” is HERE NOW downloadable for FREE from http://beta.projectrodney.com/thethirst This will be a 2 part EP and the first body of work we have released independently since our debut ‘On the Brink’ album in 2008. We looking forward to receiving you're thoughts and comments. Keep it Thirsty..Regards Mensah, Mark, Kwame and Marcus.Read More...
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Currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to their second album, Brixton based four-piece The Thirst aren’t letting the recent set backs dampen their funk laced rock spirit. Used to hustling to make ends meet, driving around the country in rickety tour vans (at times even getting towed to gigs), the self-schooled group believe it’s the constant shit that fertilises their ever-evolving sound.
Regarded as one of London’s best live bands, able to transverse subcultures and genres, they’ve already toured with Pete Doherty, The Rolling Stones and The Sex Pistols, opened up for The Libertines and shared stages with grime stalwarts like Kano and Wiley.
Regulars on the club circuit, brothers Mensah (vocals/ guitar) and Kwame Hart (bass), Mark Lenihan (guitar) and Marcus Harris (drums/ backing vocals) represent a previously unheard voice of south London, where more often than not, the art of MCing rules the speakerbox. Influenced by ska, hip-hop, indie, and all that goes in-between, they’re especially inspired by Prince and Jimi Hendrix, embodying the fiery tones of those who refuse to be labelled and will destroy any box you try and put them in. They are the sound of today’s guitar wielding youth.
Championed by muso’s from NME, RWD, The Guardian and MTV Base, It’s nearly two years since their critically acclaimed debut, On The Brink, was released on Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood’s, Wooden Records. Sadly, with the label becoming defunct soon after, an amicable split left the band with some valuable lessons learnt.
But it was a series of events in 2009 that gave the group more determination to up the ante; as well as been stranded in Chile for nearly two weeks during the earthquake having been in the country to play at a Rolling Stones tribute gig, The Thirst also made the front page of The Times when they were wrongly arrested at gunpoint after a performance. Consequently, the police invited the band to have their DNA destroyed from the police database, an event that was covered by news channels nationwide.
Musically new songs like ‘Could This Be Real’ take crowd favourites like ‘My Everything’ and ‘Sail Away’, and add a 2011 radio-ready sparkle to those diamonds in the dirt. “I think with the new stuff, we’re getting a lot more diversity… It used to just be a white indie crowd,” says Mensah of the rapidly growing diverse fan base who’ve been turning up to their popular club nights at Plan B on their Brixton stamping ground.