WEST Country quintet Waves of Fury unleashed their beast of a debut album at the tail end of last year.
Thirst took their passion for rhythm and blues, and squeezed it into improbable musical shapes – taking in the alt and the punk as they played.
In the current stodgy climate of tepid, uninspiring releases, here’s a band doing something worth probing.
The album was recorded at PJ Harvey’s studio in Bristol, and the small budget can’t disguise the big sound captured.
The Somerset dwellers toured the US prior to putting the album down, and found similarities between their homeland and with the southern states they visited.
“There’s a similar sense of darkness, reservation, secretiveness, closed communities,” explains singer Carter Sharp.
“The songs are about types of behaviour and relationships that happen everywhere, but which maybe seem a bit more dangerous away from bright, noisy, crowded cities.
“I was interested in the idea that maybe it’s easier to get away with things in dark, quiet and isolated corners.”
Carter takes on the Cue and Play challenge...
The first album you bought or downloaded
Mr Tambourine Man, by The Byrds
An album you can’t live without – and why
Forever Changes by Love – It’s one of those records that slowly hooks you in.
The first hook is obviously Alone Again Or, that gives just enough for a second listen.
Then other bits start to seep in.
Before you know it, you’ve listened to it 50 times and are hooked
Who is your favourite artist of all time, and what is the attraction?
Otis Redding. His delivery is all over the place, but I think the soul and style and voice are all the more compelling for it.
If we could grant a wish to meet one musician or band, who would it be and why?
I’d like to meet the Stones as they were writing their first self-penned singles.
I wouldn’t ask them anything though. I would just sit there and watch and listen.
Name a song that never fails to pick you up
One Armed Scissor by At The Drive In
And one that chills you out
Anything by Beth Orton
What was the first gig you attended?
Sonic Youth, just the greatest thing I’ve ever seen live
Tell us about your favourite record shop
There’s a great record shop in Bristol called Rise. Really good stock of vinyl, loads of cool books and good in-stores. A happy place.
You can step into the shoes of your musical idol for 24 hours. Who do you choose and what do you do?
Smokey Robinson. I would write lots of songs and then steal them for myself!
Is there a new or undiscovered artist you think we need to hear? Spill the beans.
There is this great band in Bath called Beta Civilian – imagine Stevie Wonder jamming with Daft Punk.
You can banish one artist to the bargain bin. Who do you choose?
One Direction and their like, which may be obvious, but still, the thin end of an ever widening wedge.
You’ve got 10 songs to soundtrack your life. Give us the artist and the songs.
1 Get ready – The Temptations
2 The Folksinger – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
3 Lost on the Freeway – Meat Puppets
4 Freezer Burn/I Wanna Be Your Dog – Sonic Youth
5 Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
6 Safety Net – The Shop Assistants
7 Summertime Clothes – Animal Collective
8 These Arms of Mine – Otis Redding
9 False Jesii Part 2 – P***ed Jeans
10 Night Time – Big Star