LIVE: Thunderpussy – The Black Heart Camden, London 21/08/2018
Opener’s Hot Soles don’t have the easiest job tonight, but the Sheffield based two piece manage to warm up the standoffish audience. Early in the set, they decide to set the record straight; “We are not Thunderpussy. In case you think they’ve lost it a bit”.
The band are energetic and great fun, with their rockabilly/blues songs sounding incredibly good, despite the band only playing guitar and drums. There’s plenty of audience participation, with guitarist/singer Kieran coming out into the audience to play solos and starting a few call and response moments. At one point he even heads to the bar mid song to get a can of diet cola! By the end of their set they have managed to get a good portion of the crowd on their side, and lubricated for the headliners.
Anticipation is high in the sold out Black Heart, including some fans who have flown over from the US to attend the U.K. tour. Singer Molly Sides starts the show with a huge “Hell yeah”! They then dive into Speed Queen from their recently released debut album.
Molly is a striking and commanding singer, who is totally in charge of the stage. All of the four piece are giving their all, and it’s clear they are having a great time too. Guitarist Whitney throws out some screaming solos, spending much of the set making shapes and getting as much noise out of her guitar as possible. While the bands songs aren’t the most catchy, it’s impossible not have a good time.
Their combination of garage rock infused with a little psychedelia, along with the energy the band put into the performance means no-one cares about that. Thunderpussy are FUN, and that is what everyone is here for. The band blast through much of their recently released debut album, including Fever and Badlands.
They do pause for a short drum solo, but after just a few seconds, they tear into another song. In fact almost the entire set is full of energy, and goes by at a breakneck pace. Molly ensures the crowd are singing along, and ensures that everyone there is having a good time. Towards the end they change gears a little, to play a little bit of laid back psychedelic rock, and a cover of Jefferson Airplane’s Somebody To Love. This song works really well, with it suiting Molly’s voice perfectly.
When Thunderpussy’s set ends, the audience expect an encore, but sadly the lights go up, so that’s the end of the show. They do say “always leave them wanting more”, and that’s definitely what the audience wanted. If you want to go to a rock show and have fun, then go and see Thunderpussy.