Thunderpussy Are the Storm the Rock'n'Roll Revival Needs

By: Hannah Oreskovich

This Seattle four-piece are shaking up rock'n'roll with a vengeance.

Last Sunday, a thundering snow storm hit Colorado’s Front Range. As the sky rumbled and started spitting fat white flakes instead of rain, Seattle’s Thunderpussy rolled into Denver fresh off of four SXSW sets including an official C3 Entertainment showcase. The band recently made NPR’s “100 Artists to Watch at SXSW” and during the fest, debuted the new song “Show Your Colors,” which they co-wrote with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. Their Denver gig was hand-squeezed between a quick trip home and their upcoming Treefort Music Festival appearance and if you braved the storm, Thunderpussy rewarded you with a seductive, spitfire show of rock’n’roll that left the crowd swooning.

Thunderpussy.

Thunderpussy.

“Hi! I’m Molly!” frontwoman Molly Sides exclaimed as she traipsed inside Summit Music Hall, wrapped in a leopard-print coat. As I reached my hand out to hers, she giggled, “Sorry I’m freezing!” and after shaking hands, she held mine and laughed, “But you’re nice and warm!”

As we chatted about Sides’ affinity for snow as an Idaho native, the girls headed to the green room for wardrobe. If you’re curious what that entails, it’s velvet onesies, fishnet stockings, rhinestone bras, and thigh-high glitter boots. And those boots were made for stompin’ on more than just the stage. In a recent interview with Billboard, guitarist Whitney Petty talked about K.Flay’s Grammy nod as the only female artist in the rock category, musing, “I'd say the time is ripe for Thunderpussy to high kick the patriarchy where it counts with a thigh-high, rhinestone encrusted, platform boot.”

And that’s how Thunderpussy rolls- they’ll hold your hand right before serving up their brand of kickass on the stage.

Whitney Petty.

Whitney Petty.

After a session of greenroom pictures where the girls kept apologizing for the cloud of hairspray that hung above us (“Don’t worry! It’s organic!” bassist Leah Julius promised with a smile), the girls paraded out in their heels to the cheers of the crowd.

Currently touring on their 2018 record Greatest Tits with a full album dropping later this spring, the band opened with “Speed Queen,” a song which nods to Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and The Runaways all at once. As Sides sang into a vintage-looking mic, her gyrations soon turned to her crawling on the floor while locking eyes with audience members; meanwhile Petty stood above her with one heel pranced on an amp as she leaned into the crowd ripping on guitar and headbanging. Julius jumped off of drummer Ruby Dunphy’s “Pussy” emblazoned kick drum and jazz-trained Dunphy kept a steady beat while the chaos ensued. And this, truly was just the beginning.

Molly Sides.

Molly Sides.

As a frontwoman, Sides seems to pull from performance artists like David Bowie, Elvis, and even Lady Gaga. She is never found standing still, her soaring vocals envelope a room, and though I didn’t get to ask, I left feeling like she must have a dance background. Her stage persona is rock’n’roll seductress, something you can also see in the band’s music video for “Speed Queen.”

Sides is almost impossible to stop looking at, but when you do Petty, Julius, and Dunphy are equally engaging. Petty slashes on guitar in a way that 80s hair metal bands would look up to. She slays, and her solos bring forth those classic rock’n’roll eruptions you look for in this type of sound.

Holding down the low end, Julius’ performance is highlighted with fits of energy- she headbangs just as much as the crowd when she’s not jumping from amps and the kick drum. And Dunphy, who was flying back to Seattle the next morning so that she could make it to her classes at Cornish College of the Arts, is a damn riot. She’s all smiles whether she’s pounding cymbals on “Velvet Noose” or tapping the snare with a light jazz flair on “Torpedo Love.”

Apart, each of these women ooze talented prowess; together the four-piece have an undeniably intense chemistry, one which builds and disseminates throughout the room from start to finish. It’s no surprise that the band has been selling out shows on their Pour Morals tour at spots like LA’s Viper Room, where Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith was seen checking out the band. At Sunday’s Denver show, Kid Rock’s entire tour crew strolled in for a listen, blowing off steam before prepping for Rock’s Pepsi Center performance later in the week. When industry pros start showing up for you regularly, you know you’re doing something right.

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Thunderpussy closed the night with “Torpedo Love,” which they just premiered a video for with NPR. In it, Thunderpussy perform the track live in an abandoned nuclear power plant silo.

Said Sides about the video, "When working with Magic Mama Massy, enthused wild ideas literally explode everywhere…  As we crept up to the monstrous structures, it seemed as though they'd been waiting for us, and the concrete curtains calling to us. With both nature and nuclear walls hovering, a beautifully eerie collaboration ensued."

And somehow, that sums up Thunderpussy too: one part sensitive, seductive, and beautiful; the other nuclear, explosive, and ready to tear your heart out.

Sink your teeth into Thunderpussy’s newest music and catch them at Treefort and other major festivals all summer. They’re poised for a takeover, so best brace yourself for the storm.

-Hannah

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All photos per the author. All videos and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.

The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 05/20 & 05/21

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Let’s get to the tunes:

Today (Friday 05/20):

Battle of the Beer Round One with MOONTANG, The Alcapones, and Pro-Leisure at The Fox Theatre in Boulder 830PM-Close

Tonight kicks off Fox Theatre’s monthly Battle of the Beers, and all your favorite brews will be there: Avery, Boulder Beer, FATE, Odell, Oskar Blues, and Upslope. They’re competing for most brews poured, so come thirsty kids! Some of the night’s proceeds will go to charity, but entrance is free + it’s an all-ages show. And of course, there will be music! Boulder’s MOONTANG future-soul collective will be headlining the night, sharing the stage with folkadelic/reggae outfit The Alcapones and funky/jam rock group Pro-Leisure. Get down! (PS: Eye our exclusive Alcapones interview.)

Listen to Moontang’s “Higher Places”:

Lula Granji with Asalott at Tony P’s Music in Denver 10PM-Close

There’s been a lot of Boulder talent at Tony P's lately, and that’s the case tonight, as Boulder’s Lula Granji and Asalott take the stage. Jazzy-psych/funk five-piece Lula Granji will close out the evening, after a trance/dance set from Asalott. This is a show to groove to folks. $5 cover; lots of drink specials. Head on out! (PS: Catch our exclusive Asalott interview here.)

Listen to Lula Granji’s “Orama”:

Midnight Strange at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

Everybody needs a little Strange once in awhile, and tonight’s the night Boulder! These indie twangin’, boot swingin’, booze slingin’ boys will be busting out their best bolos for you at The No Name Bar this evening. The five-piece has been working on some sweet new tunes for the summer! Come on over and dance along!

Check out Midnight Strange's "Miniature Lake":

Tomorrow (Saturday 05/21):

The 3rd Annual Upslope Get Down Festival at Upslope Brewing in Boulder 1PM-10PM

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It’s American craft beer week, and Upslope wants to celebrate it with you! They’re throwing a massive bash at their Flatiron Court location that will include brews, several food trucks, 3 stages, and thirteen local bands. The best part? Thanks to Flatiron Subaru, it’s free! Get out in the sun and see Eminence Ensemble, Freekbass, Lady and the Gentleman, Gipsy Moon, Zee Jackson 4, MOONTANG, Punch Drunk Munkey Funk, Booster, Steepland String Band, Realtalk, Reckon, K-Law, and Zen Mustache. Festival deets here. Can’t wait to see you there!

Peep Eminence Ensemble’s album Mouse Hunt:

Project Pabst Music Festival in Denver’s Larimer/RiNo Neighborhood 1PM-10PM

Though there have been a few changes in the lineup (most notably when Courtney Barnett was swapped with Best Coast), tonight’s Project Pabst festival is still going to be rad. Hometown heroes Nathaniel Rateliff and The Nightsweats are headlining the gig, with a slew of talented local and national acts tagging along. The Violent Femmes, K. Flay, and others will be helping you party with your PBR tall boy. We will be snapping pics and covering the fest. Stay tuned for our full review; it drops Monday! Full lineup and tickets here.

We know you’ve seen this Nightsweats video already, but watch it again, will yah?:

John Craigie with Dustin Reid at Swallow Hill Music in Denver 8PM-Close

The last time John Craigie was in Colorado, we caught his back-to-back Boulder to Denver shows, and we loved him. Craigie’s troubadour lifestyle gives his music, and his sense of humor, a crafty wit that weaves between his talented songwriting and musical prowess. Craigie has performed all over the world, and it’s easy to see why once you’ve had the chance to catch him live. Also aboard this Swallow Hill gig is Denver’s talented folk and blues singer/songwriter Dustin Reid, who will be opening up the evening on guitar, banjo, and dulcimer. Get tickets while you can! (PS: Here’s that one time we chatted with Craigie.)

Listen to John Craigie’s “Coldest Colorado” (of course we chose this one):

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Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM, and this year, we’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market! Tomorrow, David Coile will be holding things down at the big red tent near the vendors! Stop by to hear this local singer/songwriter and grab some tasty eats!

Check out David Coile’s original “Change Myself”:

GREEN LIGHT RADIO

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This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Colorado Springs’ Hydrogen Skyline. Want the scoop on this female-fronted indie electro rock act? Read our feature on the band here! Make sure to tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light Sunday night between 9-10PM to catch their tune “Victory”!

Happy Weekend!

-Hannah

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You Can Check Out Shows Nightly at Denver's Larimer Lounge

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Things are bumpin' pretty frequently at The Larimer Lounge.

The Larimer.

The Larimer.

This week, we’ve tried to bring you different local venues where you can catch a show any night of the week. Today, we’re featuring Denver’s Larimer Lounge. The Larimer has an intimate rock-club vibe where you can mosh one night and dance away the next. They book a variety of shows and it’s the type of place that no matter where you stand, you have a great view. It’s a smaller venue, so performances are always electrically energetic. They book both local talent and touring acts, which is one reason we really love them. And they're in a cool Denver neighborhood where other music is happening. So without further ado, here are their headlining acts for the next week:

Friday July 10th - Eternal Summers (9PM)

It’s Friday and it’s summer! So it’s a great night to go catch Virginia-based “noise pop, power rock trio” Eternal Summers. They’ll help you pretend it’s summer (and the weekend) forever with some dancey fun. Not too long ago, they shared the stage with Surfer Blood, who we just featured here. Check out the ES sound here.

Vibes.

Vibes.

Saturday July 11th - K.Flay (9PM)

K.Flay has already played some big name festivals, including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and The Governor’s Ball. So catching her in a small setting if you’re into her indie-hip-hip ways would be a super treat. She released her debut album Life as a Dog two years ago and is still riding that wave. Listen to her here.

Sunday July 12th - The Griswalds (9PM)

We’ve been digging on a bunch of Australian artists this summer and The Griswalds have been on our radar. They call their sound “pop-punk, crazy fun psychobilly” and we imagine their live show is as entertaining as this description makes it sound. They’ll bring the party before you’re stuck in another work week. Check them out here.

Party with these Aussies.

Party with these Aussies.

Monday July 13th - The Garden (8PM)

To keep the punk going, Orange County’s The Garden will be at the Larimer Monday. Composed of twin brothers Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, “together the twins are an acidic concoction; unstable, sexy, and probably toxic”. These are the boys your mamma said to stay away from. Listen to them here.

Tuesday July 14th - Jay Brannan (730PM) and late-night Dorsia (10PM)

Here’s what we mean when we say The Larimer books an awesome variety of things. After two nights of punkin’ it, Jay Brannan will be bringing his “sweet and sad folk songs” to the stage. He’s a singer-songwriter you can listen to here. And then following his set, the Larimer is hosting death metal band Dorsia for a late-night deal, who are sure to scare all of Jay Brannan’s crowd away.

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SBN.

Wednesday July 15th - Sarah Bethe Nelson (9PM)

Nelson is a bartender turned rocker chick from “San Francisco’s close-knit rock and roll community.” She was recently signed to Burger Records (awesome!) and is touring on her recent release Fast-Moving Clouds. Let her kiss you with guitar ballads and listen to her here.

Thursday July 16th - Signs and Signals EP Release Party (8PM)

Local, local, local! That’s what we love! And EP release shows are the best! So roll to the Larimer next Thursday and support Denver band Signs and Signals, an alt-rock band who say their music is “genuine, heartfelt, and all original.” If you can’t make this show, catch them at UMS on July 25th. Or listen to them here.

Space.

Space.

That’s a lot to pick from Boulder! So make the drive and check out the Larimer this week!

-Hannah

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All photos, videos, and embedded tracks per the artists featured and those credited. This feature was edited for brevity and clarity by BolderBeat.