Suit Ty Thurrsty review…April 27, 2014…

SUIT TY THURRSTY

PEOPLE IN THE STREET

SELF-RELEASED

I’M NEVER GONNA LEAVE YOU–DIAMONDS–PEOPLE IN THE STREET–SAME OLD SONG–DARKEST BEFORE DAWN–I GOT THE BLUES–YOU MAKE ME REAL–DRAWERS–MAMA (WHAT’S A MAN?)–I’M ALREADY AGAINST THE NEXT WAR–I SEE YOUR FUTURE–SAME OLD SONG–(REMIX)–(BONUS TRACK)

Suit Ty Thurrsty is the curious name of a strong blues trio out of the Northeast that is compiled from the nicknames of the gents who comprise it.  We have Tom “The Suit” Forst on vocals and guitars, Ty Pope on bass and vocals, and Pedro “Big Thurrsty” Johnson on percussion and vocals, and, their debut set, “People In The Street,” mixes elements of blues, vintage R & B and soul, funk, and even some hip hop.  There are eleven originals included, and the beats are powerful, propelling  the heavy doses of topical and social commentaries that perpetuate the lyrics.

Leading off is a serious shot of old-school soul, “I’m Never Gonna Leave You, til’ death do us part, but don’t make me prove it to you!”  Tom Forst’s vocals take on the persona of a heavy metal singer over the crunching riffs in the sly-and-sexy “Drawers,”  where he tells a lover that “of all the things I’d like to be, is the drawers on your behind!”

Social commentary is all over this set, tho.  Johnson and Pope trade raps on the title cut, urging leaders to lead in the right direction, instead of “leading us astray,” as Tom’s guitar provides a scintillating backdrop.  And, “I’m Already Against The Next War” has all three men taking totally bipartisan shots at the system as a whole, all in the name of oil.  Tom literally shreds his strings making a statement in this tale of “ugly war machines” and hypocrisy.  Of a similar vein is Ty Pope’s warning to “”be careful what you wish for, because you just might regret it,” as “I See Your Future, and it’s black and blue!”

The fellows do play some straight-up blues, and those served as our favorites.  “Darkest Before Dawn” has Tom’s brooding lyrics proclaiming “I own the darkness when you’re not here,” in a proclamation to a lover.  And, Tom takes a tongue-in-cheek look at blues lyrics in general, as he has a good job, a hot wife, a nice home and a sweet ride, so, “I Got The Blues ’cause I don’t have the blues!”

Suit Ty Thurrsty has come outta the gate with a very eclectic, contemporary-themed set that will likely appeal to a wide fan base.  “People In The Street” comes with heavy doses of passion as well as some serious  musicianship!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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