London-based band Wednesday’s Child invigorate with a dynamic rock sound channeling psychedelia, jazz, and punk. The five-piece show various strengths on their new single “Theda,” exuding a brisk and charismatic rock sound whose conversational vocal tone drives into a haunting hook. The ensuing guitar and debonair vocals conjure a Brit-pop nostalgia thereafter, furthering the track’s excitably creative and diverse sound, all while maintaining an accessible rock spirit.
The track takes inspiration from Theda Bara, an American silent film and stage actress primarily throughout the 1910s. Bara’s “femme fatale” roles, earning her the nickname “The Vamp,” combined with an exotically fictitious background and a general mystique (many of her films were destroyed in celluloid fires) to result in an intriguing yet empowering historical figure. The lyrics reference Bara’s “suspicious” origin while rising into a title-touting refrain amidst twangy guitar dramatics. “She’s gonna get you … she’s gonna bite ya!” lyrics continue the sense of darkly intoxicating delirium.
The exciting “Theda” represents the first single from the band’s upcoming EP, Seven Sisters.
This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of March 2023’ Spotify playlist.
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