The first authentic band in a long time with a real thirst for their own sound
It’s not often that I get really drawn in by music playing in the background at one the busiest areas of London, Piccadilly Circus; usually it just passes me buy as I navigate through the people traffic. On this occasion however, I found myself stopping and losing time watching this energetic and captivating band play to an audience of passers-by. Pulled in by the music, I became part of the crowd, hypnotically head bobbing and foot tapping to the raw energy of these buskers. The scene looked more like a flash concert than city busking.
The magic of live music is that it involves everyone, the entire audience experiencing and sharing the music as the sounds wash over them in open air. And we were all a part of it then. For that brief period of time, everyone who had stopped to watch these buskers had completely forgotten what they had been doing or were going to do – all that mattered were the sounds coming from the instruments in front of them.
Ahead of the crowd were four musicians, who looked like they could easily have been the offspring of Lennie Kravitz- inheriting not only the looks but swag and raw talent (yes we occasionally use the word swag, why not!). The drummer fuelled energy into the performance, while the singer sprung off the beats and sang effortlessly captivating his audience. Cool, but not whiny, indie and rock but refusing to sit easily in either genre. This band’s sound was authentic, passionate, and left me questioning why I hadn’t heard of them before?! This was real unadulterated fresh talent, and clearly a lot of people agreed. In the few moments I had joined the crowd to listen, the mass of people had at least doubled, the throng of people catching passers-by like a spinning cog with fish hooks. The band drew in people like a magnet, drowning out the background noise of this tourist hot spot.
Starting with what I later learned is their upcoming first single, “Could this be real”, they showed off their latest new material. Later on I downloaded their debut album, “On the Brink”, and found myself driving the longer route home just so I could finish the album. The Thirst’s sound was truly original, with strong acoustics not drowned out by over production in the recording process – a refreshing sound amidst over-played chart tracks that usually turn me off my usual playlists.
A band well worth the listen regardless of your usual type of music. Check them out here.