I have three CDs by Thirsty Chords that I acquired last year. I reviewed one of their full lengths a few months ago and I have another full length of theirs still in the review pile. I figured I'd go with this seven song EP today. With this EP, the band is two for two when it comes to putting out releases that I think are pretty great.
As a whole, I feel like this EP is a bit more melodic than the last full length of theirs that I wrote about. Where their debut album was pretty fast and passionate in a way that reminded me a lot of Minority Blues Band, this time out Thirsty Chords have taken the tempo back a bit and with incredible results. More than anything, I keep hearing echoes of recent Leatherface, but really only in the guitars. Leatherface has a very distinct guitar sound with palm muted leads that blossom into frantic chord changes and Thirsty Chords have tapped into this sort of song structure. It's particularly evident in the first two songs of the album, though the song titles for both are in Japanese so it's difficult to list them here.
That's not to say there aren't a few blasts of energy on this EP. Both "Middle Class" and "Man Is Said" are full throated rippers with blazing guitar riffs and enough energy to power a small village. Thirsty Chords is another one of those bands from Japan that I just can't figure out why it took me so long to hear about them. I'm relieved I finally did as their records are pretty spectacular, but I wonder if there are other bands out there that I'm just not hearing about.
Thirsty Chords - "エイトセンチメートルランニング":