London-based Thirty’s debut self-titled album is a collection of 10 tracks which each last between two and three minutes only, making for a listening experience that lasts less than half an hour. Despite that the band makes quite a strong impression, what with its combination of classic rock sounds from the 1960s with interesting sources of inspiration.
The opening title track is a gentle, lower tempo one that introduces us to the lead vocalist’s interesting style. On the one hand, his voice is a little hoarse, even gritty at times, but on the other, the overall effect throughout this number is a melodious, almost smooth one. It’s a relaxing number as well, one to be played while driving home on an empty road or taking an after dinner stroll in the abating daylight. The track also introduces us to one of the characteristics of this album: it’s to the point and doesn’t beat around the bush. Clocking in at a little over two minutes and a half, a length typical for Thirsty, it makes a solid point only to immediately retreat, having the confidence not to feel the need to berate it further.
The electric guitar led “10, 7, and Possibly 6” is a mid-tempo blues tinged number with quite the attitude in vocals, guitars, and steady beat. The guitar solo at the one and two third marks were both extremely satisfying and, because of it, way too short because really, one can’t get enough of the good stuff. All the elements in its predecessor—except for the solos—are cranked up in “Donnie to Sonny”, which apparently is based on the friendship between FBI agent Joe Pistone and Mafia member Sonny Black.
Another piece of American history makes its way on the album in “God Bless America”, which is based on the story of Rosemary Kennedy, sister of the late president John F. Kennedy, who was apparently institutionalised after her father forced a lobotomy on her in an attempt to cure behavioral problems. Backing female vocals give the already poignant mid-tempo, almost-throbbing track an extra je ne sais quoi. These same female vocals give the higher ranging “Flowless” a subtle, soft touch.
Apparently, American history isn’t the only inspiration for this album. The melancholic mid-tempo “Sniper” seems to be based on the story of a Russian sniper whose kill count during World War II is approximately 300. This and the other unusual sources of inspiration make the 10 tracks on this album sound quite different despite the familiar classic sounds that comprise it. More information about the band can be found on their official website and on their Facebook page. Tracks are available for streaming on SoundCloud.
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