Christmas came early this year…..three days early to be precise! The Thirst’s Christmas special at Plan B in Brixton was exactly what it said on the tin ‘special’. They entertained and enthralled the audience for a full hour which seemed to fly by as they went through their eight song set.
Lead vocalist Mensah Hart seemed to be channelling Jimi Hendrix (and not just because of the afro), he strummed with passion and sang with soul. The other band members gave as good as they got adding smooth backing vocals and rocking out the whole time. At times it was hard to tell whether the audience or the band was having more fun.
The stand out song on the night was ‘Falling’ a slower number compared to the band’s usual up-tempo grooves. The track is from their 2008 album ‘On The Brink’ and it got the whole audience swaying and singing along, with its smooth sound and meaningful lyrics.
The remix of their single ‘Damn Girl’ which featured GFrsh and the Bakery Boys was absolutely incredible. It was the first time they’d performed it live and it will most certainly not be the last. The track showcases the hip hop side of the band, whose usual sound is more funk/ indie rock like. Trying to describe the band’s sound is a slippery slope as they draw influences from so many different types of music. They call their sound ‘Electrofunk’ and whether the title is befitting or not, what is certain is that it is a sound capable of causing mass hysteria!
Check them out for yourself at www.thethirst.co.uk where you can download their free EP ‘Laugh With The Sinners’ and if you get the chance go and see them live cause you will NOT regret it.