When musician Kate Bush returned to the stage for the first time in 35 years, performing a 2014 concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London, one person in attendance was Bloodthirsty Virgins singer and guitarist Nikki Wonder.

When musician Kate Bush returned to the stage for the first time in 35 years, performing a 2014 concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in west London, one person in attendance was Bloodthirsty Virgins singer and guitarist Nikki Wonder.

"I had been wanting to [start a band] for a long time, but I didn't have the guts to write my own material," said Wonder, seated at a Downtown coffee shop for a late October interview. After Bush announced her onstage return, Wonder made a deal with herself: She would purchase a ticket and fly to England for the concert, and upon her return she would begin writing original material with an eye on finally launching her own band.

"It's easy to sing somebody else's songs. In my other band (Jack Neat) we did really obscure Eartha Kitt covers and bizarre '60s tunes nobody had heard, but they were already beautifully written," said Wonder, who joins Bloodthirsty Virgin mates Keith Hanlon (drums), James Wooster (bass/vocals) and husband Scott Gorsuch (guitar, vocals) for a record release show at Little Rock Bar on Friday, Nov. 4, revisiting the site where the group played its first-ever show in March 2015. "[With Bloodthirsty Virgins] I said if I'm going to go do this ... I'm going to make a proper go of it and really put myself out there."

Wonder's first steps were hesitant - she described a pair of early songs as "upbeat bubblegum bullshit" - but before long she started to hit on a moodier, more cinematic vibe partially informed by film scores to classic spaghetti westerns like Sergio Leone's 1968 classic "Once Upon a Time in the West" and vampire films like "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night."

"There's something about the way that that tension comes from so little instrumentation," Wonder said. It's a minimalism that informs tracks like "Empty," off the band's self-titled debut, which opens amid Wonder's whispered, vaguely threatening vocals and the type of studied, lone-tumbleweed guitar riff director Quentin Tarantino might pair with an establishing shot of an endless desert vista.

Wonder comes by her cinematic obsession honestly. She has a theater background and said fronting Bloodthirsty Virgins allows her "to tap back into that kid who was being very dramatic reenacting 'Jane Eyre' as she's standing in the parking lot at 7-Eleven."

"When I'm singing or playing with something new … there's definitely a movie going through my head," Wonder said. "I don't know if you've had that situation where you're going through life, and all of a sudden you hear a song that fits that moment: 'This is my movie soundtrack today.'

"I can't be as dramatic as I used to be when I was just carefree on a microphone and hopping around. I really have to focus on the guitar playing because I'm still new to it. But, when I'm singing, I'm still very much trying to connect to the character and the story that's being told."