The Thirsty Crows is southern rock hot wings with extra buffalo. Their debut EP The Thirsty Crows is brushed with smoky blues and finished off with a fiery kick of balls to the walls shuffle rock. The guitar is like ZZ Top and Nirvana had a tone child that just so happened to also cry glycerin. Because why not? Lyrically, The Thirsty Crows don’t have too many reservations telling their tales like it is.
Unapologetic stories of drinking and drugging, whores and health problems. Amidst all the grit can be found hints of punk especially when the drums pick up the beat and kick those quick bass / snare patterns. The bridging of blues and punk is definitely new territory for me and for that alone I applaud these fine sirs. It’s a seductive and an enticing brand of rock that makes you want to take to the highway and pick up a stranger for some random shenanigans. Maybe stay up til 6 in the morning sipping on “The Good Juice.” I’d be down. The Thirsty Crows are bad boys for a bad world.
The album opens with the sounds of hungry crows in the distance, circling prey perhaps. Then a whistle-like drawl slides in just before mean riffs of dirty blues fire out of the dust clouds. No track is safe from the stomping good times of up tempo rock and themes immersed in substance and rebellion. For example, I’m not sure “Devil’s Highway” has enough mentioning of its title. Trust us, he’s on that highway and there’s nothing he can do about it.
Along those lines, “The Good Juice” is a rambunctious track that pertains to adventures out on the road, Highway 101 to be exact. Who else doesn’t immediately go to the game Cruisin’ USA? If it’s just me….awkward. Taking up the back end is the perplexing “Love or Suicide.” Alcohol is a cruel two-faced thing when you think about it. That’s the watered down message on this one. To drink yourself into a slop night after night would make you believe you love the drink, but actually the drink loves you and will kill you if you let it. So to act on this said love raises the argument, is it just you slowly killing yourself? This is the stuff of lengthy debate, not fit for this review per se. But look, we’re talking about something beyond just the music. Well-done Crows.
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