All Shook Up

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Ever since releasing our debut record, HOLY MOLY, we have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to put out this follow up record, which we hoped would be a more complete presentation of the Thirsty Curses sound. While HOLY MOLY is a damn fine record in its own right, with ALL SHOOK UP, we took a big leap forward. ALL SHOOK UP is unique but accessible; ambitious, engaging, and fun. This record has a something for everybody, or at least that's what we were going for...

We started recording demos for ALL SHOOK UP in November 2017 at Thirsty Curses HQ in Raleigh, NC. We spent over three months prepping to record and ultimately went into Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville, NC in February 2018 to lay down ALL SHOOK UP with the legendary producer/engineer Mitch Easter (Let's Active, R.E.M., Avett Bros.).

ALL SHOOK UP is effectively split into three distinct *movements*. The first three songs ("I Can't Keep Up," "Dimlit Cathedral," and "Exile") comprise the first, which consists of the most accessible, mainstream songs on the record. This portion of the album has a very upbeat, Americana feel to it.

The middle portion of the record ("Sick/Weak," "Today's Kids," "Maudlin Feature Film," and "Condoms Are For Sailors") is much more punk-based, with a bit of a progrock flair. These songs are very visceral, highly energetic, raw and loud.

The final portion of the record is effectively progrock. In this section, we connected 5 songs together into one long medley. While working on the record, we referred to this set of songs as the "Rock Opera."

We are excited to put this record out as our modest contribution to the American rock 'n roll landscape. We hope you enjoy it even a fraction as much as we enjoyed making it.

Much thanks to all of our friends and family who supported us over the last couple of years. Shout out to Natalie Moix and Clayton Herring for your invaluable input during the final stages of completing this record.

Cheers! It's been real. Celebrate good times, come on.

--Wilson Getchell, Thirsty Curses (July 2018)

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released August 14, 2018

ALL SHOOK UP was recorded, produced, and mixed by Mitch Easter at Fideltorium Studio in Kernersville, NC.

All songs written by Wilson Getchell except "Dimlit Cathedral", which was written by Wilson Getchell & Kelley Otwell. All arrangements by Thirsty Curses.

Thirsty Curses:
Wilson Getchell - Lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar
Tradd Yancey - drums, percussion, background vocals
David James Henry - bass, background vocals
Kevin See - lead guitar, background vocals

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Thirsty Curses is a rock n’ roll outfit based out of Raleigh, NC. Thirsty Curses' material draws from numerous genres including punk, folk, country, and grunge and explores lyrical themes ranging from the existential to the absurd. Thirsty Curses' songs are both impassioned and sardonic; comical and foreboding. ... more

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Track Name: I Can't Keep Up
Turns out you learned a lot, it’s just that most of it was wrong
Turns out you pulled it off, but now you’re putting it back on
Turns out your scary neighbor’s actually a really sweet guy
Turns out there really is a heaven, just no one goes there when they die, die, die

I just can’t can’t keep up keep up
I can’t keep it all together
I don’t know which way I’m heading,
I can’t make out what you’re saying
I just can’t can’t I just can’t keep up

It ain’t easy being evil when the whole world’s gone to hell
It ain’t easy breaking even when you’ve got nothing to sell
I’ve been working on my problems, I’ve been hanging out in bars
I’ve been doing the la-la-la, but then it always goes to far

I just can’t can’t keep up keep up
I can’t keep it all together
I don’t know which way I’m heading,
I can’t make out what you’re saying
I just can’t can’t I just can’t keep up

I just can’t can’t keep up keep up
I can’t keep it all together
I don’t know which way I’m heading,
I can’t make out what you’re saying
I just can’t can’t I just can’t keep up
Track Name: Dimlit Cathedral
Out walking around, kinda thinking aloud about how the world kinda let me down
Yeah oh well, I sing a little tune it goes la-da-da-do-do-do-do-do

Yeah well how are you are? I hope things are well. I hope you’re happy and in good health.
Tell your folks I said “hello”, or don’t, or tell them whatever.

She said, “oh yeah, you should have known.”
I said, “Next time I’ll do better though.”
She said, “No. See, that’s just it you won’t.”
I said, “Ok, yeah maybe so.”
But I sing, “la-di-di-di-da” with the people!
From the barstools of our dimlit cathedral
Riding out into town for the weekend
I don’t know, oh baby, just let me go.

Out walking around, kinda thinking aloud about how the world kinda let me down
Yeah, lil’ girl you don’t know a single thing about me, whatever.

It goes “oh yeah, you should have known.”
I said, “Next time I’ll do better though.”
She said, “No. See, that’s just it you won’t.”
I said, “Ok, yeah maybe so.”
But I sing, “la-di-di-di-da” with the people!
From the barstools of our dimlit cathedral
Riding out into town for the weekend
I don’t know, oh baby, just let me go.
Track Name: Exile
I've been in Exile in Washington, D.C.
I can't remember why I went there
I can't remember why I left my home

The whole town seems inverted
They got walls, they got walls,
They got walls


We got soft, baby,we got caught, yeah we got robbed
And I went woah-oh-oh-oh (woah woah-oh-oh-oh)
We got soft, baby, we got caught yeah, we got lost
And I went woah-oh-oh-oh (woah woah-oh-oh-oh)

And I'm a filthy alcoholic (yeah!)
Keep your daughter away from me
I get pumped once I get started
End up with blood all in my teeth

We got soft, baby,we got caught, yeah we got robbed
And I went woah-oh-oh-oh (woah woah-oh-oh-oh)
We got soft, baby, we got caught yeah, we got lost
And I went woah-oh-oh-oh (woah woah-oh-oh-oh)

We should mess around,
you know, come kiss me in the mouth
You ought to stay
Don't be afraid

I won't mess you up,
you know, or kick you in the gut
You ought to wait
I need you here

We could roll around
You know, go play along the ground
I got you up
Don't be afraid
Track Name: Sick/Weak
We’re screaming in the street, we got sick, and we got weak.
And we’re crawling on our hands and knees, trying to find something to eat

Something to eat, Yeah, eee, yeah, eeee yeah

I don’t have no savior, I don’t have nowhere to go
I got surprises in my pocket, I got people, I got people that know
Somewhere yeah, someone’s dictating a letter.
You don’t have no kind of patience if you don't have no time to write.

Woah, eee ooohhh

We’re calling out your name. I got lost, and I got blamed.
We’re clawing at your door, cuz we dont have anywhere to go

Anywhere to go eee oh
Track Name: Today's Kids (Are Not Rockers)
Today's kids are not rockers
They don't play drums they shake maracas
They play their songs on ukuleles
When they have sex they wear condoms

Why don't you listen to Nrivana
Instead of that little bitch Bon Iver
You've got tattoos and piercings
But all your music's like James Taylor

I wanna see some blood
Let's see some blood
In your rock 'n roll

Today's kids are wicked lame
They don't play guitar they're all DJs
Yeah they spin their dubstep records
When they have sex they wear condoms

I wanna see some blood
Let's see some blood
In your rock 'n roll
Track Name: Maudlin Feature Film
They're cutting out the lights on your favorte maudlin feature film
You're spilling out into the street with the fever, oh this one's for real

All those hearts you broke, yeah mine hurts the most
I don't need your love, give me rock 'n roll
Track Name: Condoms Are For Sailors
Condoms are for sailors, I believe in every word
and it looks like you could use a cigarette
We were floating in the water, I was pacing back and forth
Yeah, you know I always love bashing in my head.
Now I'm feeling like some ghost

You've got some nerve showing your face around here
Everybody knows what you are and where you've been
You've got that fire on your face boy I swear
You do it hard, you do it fast, it's gonna do you in
You'll end up like some folks

Hey hey hey commotion, Jesus save me
Pu-pu-pu pull me out from the fire
Sh-sh-sh shake me all you wanna,
yeah, you know, it's never enough
Track Name: All Shook Up
The years keep changing but the gun's still in my heart
There's a serpent on the sidelines telling me that I'm a star
I read the message that you texted to my phone
It said "Don't you come around here you're not welcome no more"

And the cars are running up and down the block
Yeah, i sit by and watch all the people blowing their horns
And they scream and they shout

These days are draining they take everything you got
Like a deer caught in the headlights you look all shook up.
I read the message that you texted to my phone
It said "Don't you come around here, don't wanna see you no more"

And the cars are running up and down the block
Yeah, i sit by and watch all the people blowing their horns
And they scream and they SHOUT
Track Name: Get Lost
She don't want to go to heaven, get drinks or go to dinner
She's a big red ribbon, burly kind of woman
I'm a safe house sing-a-long microwave oven
alcohol poisoning chance to get lost

If you would, your time ran out, so get lost.
Get your stuff - there's just no space to hang around

Torch the stable, rip the wings off some angels
Buy some fancy clothes, stock bonds and potatoes
I'm a safe house sing-a-long microwave oven
alcohol poisoning chance to get lost

If you would, your time ran out, so get lost.
Get your stuff - there's just no space to hang around
Track Name: Over&Over
One after another and it comes and goes just over and over
Pushing and pulling the levers, up and down and over and over

Caught up in the barbed wire, I'm just trying to think straight.
Jumping from the window and landing on my suitcase.

One after another and it comes and goes over and over
Circling this town forever, up and down and over and over

Caught up in the barbed wire, I'm just trying to think straight.
Jumping from the window and landing on my suitcase.
Is this even the hard part, I sure hope it's worth it
Jumping from the window and landing on my suitcase

Woah. - Its running you down you've had enough of this lane,
you put in the time and it blew up in your face.
You keep on singing yourself the same old song.
It goes woah.
Track Name: Long Folk Revival
It's the long folk revival, I'm gonna write my motto in stone
It says, "here lies the good life, don't whisper to me when I die"
Yeah, it had to be stopped.
My home is empty, there's a long lost song on my tongue.
It's the new education of Henry Adams, I guess.

And the floor won't roll me in.
It won't wind up and throw.
You're there and I'm back here on my own.
You set the one trap I'd never foil.
You went on out there, start slowing me down.

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