So having finally trimmed those 200 artists down to just six the job gets even trickier to pick my three acts to put forward to Glastonbury ETC. It’s a big responsibility and one that’s been overshadowing my normal listening time here at Play Pause rewind. There are many boxes an artist has to tick to get even this far for a start they have to be entertaining in the live arena. I can think of nothing worse for a band to get up on stage and face negativity at such a large festival as Glastonbury. The Thirst certainly fit the criteria live , they are also something a little different to my normal listening genre wise. The band describe themselves as an Electric Groove band on the facebook page and the certainly have that fusion of funk in their sound. One thing that has endeared me to the band apart from the fact that they seem to have a legion of die hard fans is that they make music with a smile on their faces. That may seem trivial to lots of you but personally at times i want to be uplifted as much as i enjoy some of the more moodier elements of the indie scene. For me The Thirst would be a welcome addition to anyone’s festival line up.
Below is a cut and paste biog from the bands website
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. 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.
Since the release of their independent debut ‘On the Brink’ there has been growing demand for London’s electric grooving quartet ‘THE THIRST’ to release new material. The Thirst developed their sound what they call ‘electric-groove’ encompassing a mix of their original rock sound with funk and soul, and this year see’s The Thirst drop their anticipated EP. “Laugh with the Sinners” as the first instalment of a two-part release comprising of nine tracks that highlights the ambition of the bands music. The lead single off the EP is ‘Set it Alight’, Powered by a funky baseline, Electric riffs and honest song writing. “Laugh with the Sinners” EP is available from www.thethirst.co.uk as a limited Free Download now.
Today is the track that wowed us enough to put the band in our top 6
This ad-libbed video has me rolling around the floor you should watch it
PLEASE NOTE WELL : As you should be well aware of by now just because you are featured on the site as part of our Glastonbury ETC profiled artists does not mean you will be one of our three picks these will be unveiled via http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/ on March 8th