With that simple introduction, so opens one of the year’s most immersive and adventurous rock albums, Eternal Reach. The debut LP by Birmingham, Alabama, band the Brummies ¬– their name is U.K. slang for a resident of Birmingham– Eternal Reach is a musician’s album, distinguished by inventive arrangements, lush melodies and straight-to-tape production. Perfectly suited for losing yourself beneath a pair of quality headphones, the record evokes the psych-rock vibe of the Sixties and the soft indie-folk of the Nineties, yet possesses a timeless sound all its own.
Thirsty Curses is a rock n’ roll outfit based out of Raleigh, NC. The band was formed by singer-songwriter Wilson Getchell (vocals, guitar, piano) in late 2016 and features Kelley Otwell on lead guitar, Phil Harrington on drums, and Clayton Herring on bass. Thirsty Curses’ material draws from numerous genres including punk, folk, country, pop rock, and grunge and explores lyrical themes ranging from the existential to the absurd. Thirsty Curses’ songs balance between exuberance and despair, are impassioned and sardonic, comical yet foreboding.