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Thirsty Eyes


THIRSTY EYES’ NEW ALBUM A CERTAIN REGARD
IS A ROCK ’N’ ROLL FREIGHT TRAIN

Released 25th March 2022 via Haldern Pop Recordings

“The sound is drone, which is a bit reminiscent of the SWANS, it’s loud and lifts you easily to the 17th floor of your enthusiasm tower.”
VICE

“…its primitiveness (as in: rawk ‘n’ roll) it directly ignites the neurons in the fun centers of the brains of truly all ages.”
THE GAP

Deliberately aberrant, rough, and unpolished, THIRSTY EYES have come to be recognised as major pillars in the falling masonry of Vienna’s modern raunch, damning contemporary prepossessions for the self-important, humourless, and boring. After five years of fine-tuning, the Austrian rawk-n-rollers bestow their debut album A Certain Regard.

When Thirsty Eyes began the venture of recording their debut LP, it could not have been foretold that it would take the time that it did, no less than seven drummers and at least six studios, before settling to create their magnus opus in a Viennese cellar.

A collection of songs written by Samuel Ebner, and produced by fellow band member Philipp Moosbrugger, all in-house the band was able to enjoy the luxury of independence creating their debut record. The first single, ‘Chickenbeat’, a fun jam track slightly inspired by early songs of The Monks, features steel guitar and intriguingly calm vocals that compliments the song’s minimalist nature.

Meanwhile, focus track Alaska pays homage to jazz gods Stan Getz and Benny Golson in Thirsty Eyes’ very own way; wailing guitars that are balanced by accompanying spine-tinglingly ominous half-sung vocal. When speaking on the track, the band says, “The song was originally meant to be of a rather happy feeling, but when Moosbrugger came up with a way different bass line the song clearly set course straight into darkness”

In A Certain Regard, we meet a band that toes the line between genius and insane, matching the frenzied antics of Thee Oh Sees with off-kilter eccentricities of Black Lips and Fat White Family . Titillating in every sense of the word, the new full-length is a freight train of explosive riffs and unbridled synergy.

Following on from the anarchic disposition of previous singles 838, Slothchild, Touch The Weather and Chickenbeat (which all feature on the coming album), A Certain Regard is boisterous and charismatic, serving no-one’s standards but their own.

Thirsty Eyes are on a mission and blessed with the rare ability to convert your average Polka audience into batshit lunatics.

Slothchild
Alaska
Pop Sent
Chickenbeat
Touch The Weather
Sweet Marian
In Viagra
Honolulu Homicide
838
Pop Sent (Yamaha)
Lonely Gold
Give Your Love To Be Free

Thirsty Eyes – Chickenbeat

Thirsty Eyes – Slothchild

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