Ahead of their upcoming fourth album, To the Ends of the Earth, Raleigh, North Carolina quartet Thirsty Curses are sharing their newest track, “Whistlepig,” which you can hear right here at New Noise.
The band are spiritual heirs of sorts to the drunken, sardonic, and masterful songcraft of The Replacements, Violent Femmes, and hometown power-pop group Let’s Active. They recorded most of the new album at frontman Wilson Getchell’s home studio in Raleigh over the summer of 2021. Thirsty Curses also spent a day in Bias Studios in North Virginia, where they recorded three songs for the album along with some piano overdubs on the studio’s baby grand.
Most of the songs were written since the completion of the band’s last, self-titled album. The writing process for the final track, “Baptist and a Rabbi” actually began back in 2008, though the song remained unfinished and largely forgotten, until lead Getchell found an old demo of the song during the 2020 lockdowns, rewrote some of the lyrics, and transposed the song from guitar to piano.
The new LP, To The Ends of the Earth, is the first Thirsty Curses album to feature Evan Miller on drums and Alexander Weir on lead guitar, replacing Phil Harrington and Kelley Otwell, respectively, who both left the band over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be available on CD and download March 4.
Thirsty Curses are also playing a number of shows over the next few months. Check out the lineup here:
03/04 Raleigh, NC @ Ruby Deluxe
03/19 Sanford, NC @ Hugger Mugge Brewing
03/30 Charleston, SC @ Awendaw Green
04/28 Durham, NC @ Rubies on Five Points
05/07 Richmond, VA @ Garden Grove
05/14 Sanford, NC @ Wampus Music Festival
06/11 Cary, NC @ Bond Brothers Eastside
Preorder To The Ends of the Earth here, and listen to “Whistlepig” below:
Photo courtesy of Roth Gray