Thirsty Curses
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Thirsty Curses

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | INDIE

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2017
Band Alternative Americana




"CD REVIEW: Thirty Curses Self-Titled Album"

The Thirsty Curses are a 4 man rock-n-roll band based out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Their new self-titled album provides a raw, unapologetic perspective on the roughness we all feel through the ins and outs in life. This musical masterpiece of an album draws from several genres – such as punk, lighter and heavier rock, alternative and even country – although this album gives off a true “classic rock” vibe through and through. Every song beautifully blends diverse sounds and styles with harmonious and catchy lyrics. An album that would please both you and your older-aged rock-loving dad.

A track I’m loving from this album is “G.D.M.T.”, which stands for “God don’t make (no) trash” as sang in the chorus. Beautifully sounding acoustic guitar and poetic sounding lyrics give this song an almost nostalgic sound, this is one to blast with the windows down while yelling/singing along. “God don’t make trash” is a new favorite personal mantra.

One of my personal favorite tracks is “Cold Black Ink”, including almost jazz/blues feeling piano and chilling melodies and blending vibes from both grungy punk and harmonious alternative music. The lyrics “I miss the dirty life/ I miss the drugs and the fights” has a universal message of missing “the good ol’ days”, simpler times, that we can all relate to in one way or another.

Another one of my favorite tracks, that really sets itself apart from the rest of the album is “You Don’t Have to Tell Me”. Featuring a call-and-answer type singing in the chorus, folk-y sounding guitar and energizing drum beats – I can only imagine how much fun this song must be to see live in concert. Love the upbeat, high tempo combined with the catchy lyrics.

Listening to this album in it’s entirety was a true treat, and although I may be bias due to loving a good genre-bending rock album, the Thirsty Curses did it all absolutely right and smashed it out of the park with this album. This one is a true winner. - Vents Magazine

"Thirsty Curses New Album Review"

Thirsty Curse’s self-titled alternative rock album is a noteworthy work of art that will steal your heart away. “Thirsty Curses” carries unapologetic and simple human messages to all its listeners. Each track of this album refuses to hide raw emotion from the weight of life, but also leaves traces of hope between the lyrics. “Thirsty Curses” is like shifting clouds in a foggy winter day that invite temporary beams of light to shine through the gloom.

The opening track, “VHS Release,” is the perfect intro for the drive of this album. The first line sings, “Feels like I’m living through a sequel that was a ‘straight to VHS’ release.” This one line prepares its listeners for all the messy, vulnerable, honest, and yet undeniably charming lyrics that the album gifts its audience. Not only do the words speak out true emotions, but so do the melodies and choice of instrumentals.

For example, “G.D.M.N.T.” starts out with a beautiful acoustic guitar walk-down, with a folksy Avett Brothers sound. The listener is almost expecting a nostalgic tune or a sentimental love song, but the poetic lyrics and change of musical pace lead to something even more receivable. As the song goes on, the band brings in the drums to carry along an optimistic sounding group ballad. It starts to become a tune that, for some, may be a song to truly live by.
Towards the end, the listener may feel as if they are surrounded by a group of friends at the bar singing along to live music. The chorus line says, “… God don’t make trash, ah yeah. He sure likes to get a laugh … Working off the sins of Eden.” Whether these lyrics contribute to some kind of religious message, the words are still phrased in such a down-to-earth manner, that anyone can sense its fight against self-detrimental thoughts and the chaos of life.

Despite the eclectic choice of genres mixed in this alternative rock masterpiece, the album itself is well-balanced and true to its unique voice. Sometimes, the band creates a folk, Brandi Carlile/ The Head and the Heart musical vibe. This sound is presented in a song such as “Slice of Paradise” with its acoustic and old style country sort of narrative. Some melodies have a grungy, (yet lyrically and melodically organized) punk-rock sound in, “Smash-Hit,” and “Cold
Blank Ink”. These tracks are upbeat, but, have a more aggressive instrumental style. The most distinct or standalone track of the album is, “You Don’t Have to Tell Me.” This is attributed to
the chorus which seems to hint towards a Vampire Weekend style of throwback “call and answer” chants of the 50s and 60s.

“Thirsty Curses” is a stimulating medium for minds searching for pieces of their imperfect world in a song. No narrow road lies between the punk-rock advocates and the Americana/folk fans on
a well-crafted album such as this one. May you continue to be “thirsty” for what more is to come of these great musicians, and may you also be “cursed” with sound of some genuinely good music resonating in your heart. - Official Fame Magazine

"ALBUM REVIEW: Thirsty Curses – Thirsty Curses"

“There is some phenomenal songwriting on this album. In every song, the lyrics flow and swing together extremely harmoniously, creating a sense of continuity and balance that lets you just sink deep into the music.” - 88.1 WKNC

"Mr. Brightside: Thirsty Curses find reason to sing as things fall to pieces"

Thirsty Curses make rock’n’roll, with a boisterous beer-swilling edge to it. Many of these songs are about living it up while things fall apart at the seams, or at least trying to find some glory in chaos and meaninglessness. You might hear a connection to the Replacements, the Hold Steady, the Dropkick Murphys, and other rowdy rockers.

Getchell’s songs do a nice job of balancing exuberance and despair. There’s a thread of existential crises running through many of his songs, but there’s also a fair bit of shrugging off the hardship with bits of winking optimism. - YES! Weekly

"Album Review: Thirsty Curses - Self-Titled"

“From the Refreshments tinged “Smash-Hit,” to the toe-tapping “You Don’t Have To Tell Me,” and the spastically haunting, jaunty melody of the piano laced “Cold Black Ink,” Thirsty Curses gives us slight touches of punk, folk, country, 90’s alternative, and even Americana with songs such as “Slice of Paradise” and “Red Marks,” but never truly dips more than a toe into the water of each sound. This album is all over the place stylistically, but that doesn’t mean that sitting in the middle of each song is what becomes their signature; top-notch songwriting!” - All Ages Zine

"Review of "Smash/Hit" Single"

Some raw emotion-laden alt-rock that hits all the right notes. Check out "Smash-Hit" by Thirsty Curses. Throwback to real 90's alt-rock songwriting. - Indie Band Guru

"Thirsty Curses coming to Evening Muse"

“I started writing from a different place,” Getchell said. “The ‘All Shook Up’ album was a little angrier than the upcoming record. I’ve just started exploring some difference influences and some different sounds and different approaches to writing. This album is a little more personal than previous stuff.”

Getchell said that if there was a theme to the record, it was a “personal reflection of how did I end up here?” - Gaston Gazette

"Self-Titled Album Review"

“I’m a sucker for pop smarts, intelligent and witty lyrics, and a bang-up whistling tune. This record has all three.” - Beachcomber

"Review of "Exile" Single"

“Wild materials operate in this act, a kind of insurgency that reminds me a little of early Kings of Leon but a countrier dimension. Perhaps a little Clap Your Hands Say Yeah going by the slightly demented singing. And all railroading by Johnny Cash knocking out the rhythm, yep this is a track with plenty of facades, personalities with even room for a little Undertones before it closes. I like its action jackson approach and though there was never a moment of transcendence it still made for escapism of the highest order.” - Mp3 Hugger

"Introducing Alt-Country-Folk-Punk Act: Thirsty Curses"

As schizophrenic as their genre influences seems to be, the one common denominator is that I dig every single track I’m hearing… I defy you not to get hooked by the track “Dimlit Cathedral.” - Dying Scene

"AA Indie Song of the Day - Thirsty Curses - "Slice of Paradise""

The band has an eclectic sound that touches on everything from punk rock to folk. They sound like a cross between the Avett Brothers and Rise Against. On their new album that diverse sound is delightfully all over the place. For the first time in a while, we listened through the album and struggled to choose which song to pick as the Indie Song of the Day because it’s all pretty damn good.

Listen through “Slice of Paradise” from Thirsty Curses below and be sure to stream the album on Apple Music and Spotify too. You won’t regret it. - Alternative Addiction

"Thirsty Curses - Holy Moly (Thirsty Curses)"

“Nomadic songwriter Wilson Getchell (Wall-Eyed) lands in North Carolina to form the perfect band for his eclectic talent.

Holy Moly not only stands out as Getchell’s best songsmithing to date, but also his best sounding recording. Right away, “Ooh Rah Rah” kicks things off with a stomping ferocity featuring the gritty lead guitar of Kelley Otwell, whose virtuosity clearly marks the entire album, especially in the following “War to Wage” where his strings become heavy psychedelic bliss. The songs progress, marking bassist Keebler and drummer Tradd Yancey as extremely versatile musicians while exploring the various elements of Americana that clearly mark Getchell’s passionate, emotional sound. It’s the album he’s been waiting to make his entire career.

In this age of anxiety and distrust, it’s nice to sit back with a beer and just sink into music. Thirsty Curses have provided just that.” - The Big Takeover

"Early February Singles: Indie Rock"

“Holy Moly” – Thirsty Curses. This super-charged indie-rock tune has the whoa-ohs of street punk, the thrashing drums of a rock band, and country touches in the vocals. Yet there remains an overall sense that this could have been a folk tune at one point, albeit in a slower tempo. It’s a blast to hear lead singer Wilson Getchell belt out, “HOOOO-lllly MOOOO-llllyyyyy” in the chorus. - Independent Clauses



Thirsty Curses is a four-piece rock n’ roll outfit based out of Raleigh, NC. As YES! Weekly wrote in a profile on the band, "Thirsty Curses makes rock’n’roll, with a boisterous beer-swilling edge to it. Many of these songs are about living it up while things fall apart at the seams, or at least trying to find some glory in chaos and meaninglessness." Indeed, Thirsty Curses' material balances between exuberance and despair, blending a vast array of rock ‘n roll subgenres ranging from punk rock to yacht rock, 90s alternative to country, progrock to folk. Ultimately however (and most importantly), Thirsty Curses is a pretty damn good time. 

Thirsty Curses is singer/guitarist/pianist Wilson Getchell, lead guitarist Kelley Otwell, drummer Phil Harrington, and bassist Clayton Herring  Thirsty Curses released its debut EP, HOLY MOLY, in early 2017, followed by the full-length, ALL SHOOK UP in 2018.  In May 2019 the band signed with Spectra Music Group and released its self-titled label debut in November 2019.



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