"E-Energy" (Self-Released; 2014)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

As most regular Rough Edge readers are probably aware, we're huge Devo fans here. Sure, that band's image is a lot of fun, but their unique style of music is unmatched to this day, and their lyrics are way smarter than most people even realize.

I think that must be the reason that Thirst Things First sent us their CD "E-Energy" to review. Just a quick glance at the band photo on the back of the CD tells you that you're in for a tongue-in-cheek Devo-like experience and, as the CD begins, you find out that's exactly the case.

Keyboard-driven, with sci-fi guitars, syncopated rhythms and jaunty vocals, "E-Energy" delivers a highly successful new wave listening experience that I truly enjoyed. The lyrics are playful but intelligent as well, especially on tracks like "Fat Cat/Long Cat."

The comparisons to Devo are unavoidable but I'm okay with that. Devo doesn’t record enough new stuff these days; now I can look forward to recordings by Thirst Things First as well.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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