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Saturday, March 15 • 10:30pm - 11:00pm
The Thirst

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The Thirst Brixton is an area steeped in music culture inspiring legendary artists such as The Clash, Pink Floyd and The Jam to write songs not only about the sometimes harsh reality of the area but also about its vibrancy of both its human and musical culture. Reggae, Rock, Dance and Hip Hop all run through the veins of Brixton, but not for some time has a band managed to fuse all these sounds together so effortlessly. Meet brothers Mensah and Kwame Cofi-Agyeman. Teenage tearaways growing up in Brixton, south London. Younger brother Mensah finds escape from the temptations of city life by experimenting. But while his peers experiment with, gang culture and petty crime, he takes another path and finds inspiration in a cheap electric guitar bought for him by his parents. His brother borrows some cash and buys a bass, and the core of The Thirst is born. Completing the line up are primary school friend and rhythm guitarist Mark Lenihan, and cheeky drummer Marcus Harris.???“We were pretty much bumming up,” Mensah says now of those first band rehearsals. “I started playing now and again and got these three round just 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”. The band took what instruments they could to find a sound. Deeply influence by their Afro-Carribean upbringing and their parents’ old punk records and Hendrix, but also the drum n’ bass and hip hop coming out of Brixton. ????The buzz began, and local gigs followed. The infamous Brixton Dogstar one night, the uber-cool Notting Hill Arts Club the next, The Thirst built their fan base the old fashioned way, with relentless gigging across the capital they love. Up to six shows per week. And it was to pay off in a big way.???Before long, The Thirst attracted the attention of music icon Ronnie Wood. And when The Thirst played at The Half Moon in Putney, loving what he saw, he made them his first signings to his new record label, Wooden Records.???“He put it on the table there and then,” laughs Kwame. “He was like, ‘Yeah I loved it’. He was cool, man… He’s a legend.” But why them? Kwame again: “I think it’s probably that we are doing something different, we’re doing something that a lot of people our race and age don’t do.” The band have now gone from strength to strength with their electric, vibrant live performances in London leading them this summer to playing some of largest and most prestigious festivals on the circuit, including; Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight Festival and Hyde Park Calling. With their self titled debut EP, released back in July, selling out in an amazing two weeks the band are currently at Olympic studios working on their debut album with producer Jake Fior (Babyshambles, The Libertines). With new single Ready To Move out in October. To put this into context, it’s where The Beatles have recorded along with sessions by The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Hendrix. More recently, the era defining bands of the present day - Massive Attack, Oasis and Arctic Monkeys – have passed through there too. It’s a world away from the dingy recording studios of Clapham, and rehearsing in people’s back yards. It’s an opportunity they didn’t need to be asked about twice. “We’re trying really hard not to think about it. If I weren’t doing this I don’t know what I’d be doing. muses Marcus. “Music’s the only thing I could see myself doing. There is no bigger love than that. For all of us.” Original biog By Julian Marshall NME March 2007 Revised by Adam Cotton Outside Organisation August 2007 www.woodenrecords.co.uk
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Saturday March 15, 2008 10:30pm - 11:00pm
Latitude 30 512 San Jacinto St

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