|Origin||Brixton, London, England|
The Thirst are an English indie rock band based in Brixton, London. The band consists of brothers Mensah (vocals/guitar) and Kwame Hart (bass), Mark Lenihan (guitar) and Marcus Harris (drums/backing vocals).
Mensah received an electric guitar from his parents around the age of 14, and after a few years he decided to get his brother, Kwame, a bass guitar, buying it from 'cash converters'. This inspired friends Mark and Marcus to complete the band by purchasing a second guitar and drum kit respectively. The main inspiration behind starting the band was their strong musical upbringing and appreciation as well as the need to stay away from the life of street crime in London. "I [Mensah] started playing now and again and got these three round just smoking and trying to stay off the road. My mum allowed us all to come round her house and chill out. She’d rather that than us hanging on the corner smoking weed." Their musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, punk, drum n bass, and local hip-hop.
The Thirst's first performance consisted of hastily created songs to fill their two forty-five minute acoustic sets. From there The Thirst continued to constantly gig all around London. Their explosive live performances, cultivated by constant gigging around London for a year, created a strong fanbase and more public awareness. Fortunately they were spotted at The Jamm in October 2006, which lead to their recording contract with Ronnie Wood's new record label, Wooden Records (est. 2004).
They have performed at a number of festivals, including Isle of Wight Festival 2007, Hyde Park Calling, Electric Gardens, the Dorking Rock Festival, and Glastonbury, as well as exclusive support performances with The Rolling Stones in Croatia July 2007, and two one-night support acts for The Sex Pistols November 2007.
While working with renowned producer, Jake Fior (The Libertines), The Thirst have released The Thirst EP (23 July 2007), the single "Ready To Move" (29 October 2007) and, finally, on 26 May 2008, they released their debut album, On the Brink, to a generally positive critical reaction.
In March 2008, they played at the SXSW festival in Texas, and were picked out by Tom Robinson as the highlight of the festival. They later performed a live session on Marc Riley's BBC 6 Music show Brain Surgery.
After performing at The Oak in Burntwood, Staffordshire on November 21, 2009, The Thirst, their manager (Kingsley Slater) and their sound engineer were arrested by armed police. The band were detained overnight and were withheld any information about their arrest until their release. Half a day later, all parties were released without charge and were notified that CCTV operators had flagged them under suspicion of firearms possession. Several months after the incident, the Staffordshire police finally agreed to destroy the DNA evidence acquired in the undeserved confinement of The Thirst and crew.
At the start of 2010, The Thirst were invited to compete in a songwriting competition as representatives of England at the Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar, in Viña del Mar, Chile. They are to perform a cover of "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones in the competition and perform their own songs during the Festival between February 22–27, 2010.[dated info]
- On the Brink (26 May 2008)
- The Thirst EP (23 July 2007)
- Laugh with the Sinners EP (Dec 2011)
- Cry with the Saints EP (TBC)
- "Ready to Move" (29 October 2007)
- "Sail Away" (28 April 2008)
- Walker, Danny (2008) "About to Blow: The Thirst", RWD Magazine
- Marshall, Julian (2007-03-27). "The Thirst". Isle of Wight Festival. Retrieved 2007-11-23.
- Moore, Michelle (2008) "Interview with The Thirst", Room Thirteen, June 21, 2008
- "The Thirst", BBC London, 15 April 2008
- Harkness, Craig (2008) "The Thirst - My Everything (review)", is this music?, 12 July 2008
- Dorking Rock Festival 07 - The Thirst
- "Channel 4 Radio - Festival Fever"
- Glastonbury Festivals 2008 line-up
- Reid, Michelle (2008) "The Thirst - On The Brink (review)", musicOMH
- Jones, Huw (2008) "The Thirst - On The Brink (review)", Gigwise, 13 May 2008
- Garrard, Steven (2008) "The Thirst - 'On The Brink' (album review)", Noize Makes Enemies
- Goodwin, Tom (2008) "The Thirst - On The Brink (review)", Click Music
- "The Beautiful South", The Guardian, March 21, 2008
- Marc Riley's Brain Surgery Tracklisting Thursday 27th March 2008
- "Band quizzed in gig firearm probe". BBC News. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2010.