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Waves of Fury
CD on Alive Naturalsound
Cat No: 133-2 , Stk Ref 79754

Released on: 02 February 2013

Magazine Review
'Thirst', the debut album by Somerset-based five-piece Waves of Fury, was recorded in PJ Harvey's studio. They may live in the countryside, but 'Thirst' takes all of its influences from American rock and roll at its very best.

'Death of a Vampire' sets the pace off finely. It starts off fuzzily with some slow piano and a tinny guitar, but then it sexes up and what we get is a mid-60's Motown experience but with a raw 50's rock'n' roll vocal from singer Carter Sharp which is delivered in a shouty Stooges way. This is backed by guitar work from Fil Ward that is reminscent of Ron Ashton that bleeds all over your ears, as does the brass that also dominates this song. They like brass in this band which normally I hate, but it works well on this track.

'I Don't Know What to Make of Your Fucked Up Friends' has a slurry vocal, 60's style handclaps, big brass and of course a sonic guitar riff. 'Businessman's Guide to Witchcraft' is a brass-heavy assault with a fast-paced beat that gets the listener instantly engaged.

'Jellyroll' is a much slower track, while 'Before the Engines Roll On In' is like the soundtrack to a 50's/60's beatnik movie in full colour.

'Killer Inside Me' is like a brass-infused version of the Cramps, and 'These Things I Leave You' is a fast runner, again heavy on the brass, big fun and with a Raveonettes-style guitar.

'Pretender Soul' is a slow track with a soft vocal, and is backed by acoustic guitar, before it eventually becomes more layered. 'The Everlasting Thirst' is a ballsy affair, a full-on trip involving brass again while maintaining the romance of 60's Motown.

'Nervous Exhaustion' is like an acoustic Buddy Holly number, and 'Viodrene' starts out sounding like a 60's soul number, until it speeds up and develops a Motown sound.

A truly wonderful album by a great group and a party band for the alt.

Anthony Strutt


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