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If Jon Spencer Blues Explosion had been a Motown act, it's safe to bet that band would have sounded a lot like England's Waves of Fury. This quartet of raspy-throated, grimy guitar-wielding hip-thrusters, steeped in both early R&B and '60s garage-rock history, do their musical forebearers proud. The opening track, "Death of a Vampire," is cleverly flavored with two forever perfect, classic songs—"Louie Louie" and Steve Wonder's "Uptight"—with the faintest allusion to the former's simple 4/4 urgency and the latter's clarion horns cutting through the morass. It's a call to the dance floor. Carter Sharp's dripping sneer and the shards of guitar feedback set to a granite stomp on tunes like "Businessman's Guide to Witchcraft" make fearsome bedfellows. More often than not, those grating, gyrating rhythms are rendered somewhat civilized by glaringly sure horns taken straight from one of a dozen horn-highlighting hits of the '60s. The delightfully chilling "Killer Inside Me" sounds—as does much of Thirst—like it was recorded in a dark, dank London sewer in the middle of the night.

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from Stooges to Stax...

"Lo-fi" and "saxophones" don't necessarily go hand in hand. But somehow, both manage to coexist merrily on the debut full length by Waves of Fury, Thirst. Although the five-person group hails from England (Somerset, to be exact), Waves of Fury posses an unmistakably vintage U.S. soul sound - processed through an indie rock filter.

There are several reasons for the group's England-by-way-of-America sound - Waves of Fury toured the southern part of the U.S. prior to entering the recording studio, and lyrically, the songs were supposedly influenced by such classic American writers as Edgar Allan Poe. And this intriguing sonic cocktail is best sampled on such standout uptempo ditties as "Death of a Vampire" and "Businessman's Guide to Witchcraft."

Another interesting tidbit is that Thirst was recorded at none other than PJ Harvey's Bristol-based studio. But the most important thing is that Thirst sounds like very few modern day rock albums - something that should be commended in an era where unoriginality and copycat-isms run rampant. Picture a head-on musical collision between the Stooges via the Funhouse era and a Stax soul revue, and you're not far off from Waves of Fury's Thirst.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Conjuring a dark, powerful sound that suggests an unholy alliance between the Funk Brothers and the Jesus and Mary Chain, Waves of Fury are a British act whose fusion of R&B and indie rock has won them a devoted following and plenty of press attention at home. Waves of Fury were founded by London-born vocalist and guitarist Carter Sharp, who joined his first band at the age of 14, playing bass in a local combo called the Laughing Boys. Years later, Sharp became fascinated with American musical forms...
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