Thunderpussy Is A Kick-Ass Band That Kicks Ass Live THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: THUNDERPUSSY @ BD RILEY'S | SXSW 3/13/18
AUSTIN, TX- For most of our SXSW artist coverage, we’ll keep it relatively short and sweet. We have over 80 artists to cover, so cut us some slack! 😉 We’ll basically be formatting each post into two parts: (1) Why our contributor wanted to see this act and (2) what our contributor thought of the performance”. Easy peasy. If you want to learn more about the act, make sure you click through to their social media links to get in the know. You won’t be disappointed!
Why I Wanted To See Thunderpussy: I love all types of music, but if you play me a cut of a band that has a kick-ass female singer who’s got a classic rock vibe, I’ll stop what I’m doing and enter into whatever wormhole to learn more about that band. That’s exactly what happened when I hear this song:
The song itself just kicked my ass. The pulsing intro and the kinetic melody which swells into the huge ass chorus that has the band’s lead singer Molly Side wailing like a glorious banshee. I loved everything about this song. Then I found out what the song was about, and I couldn’t help but instantly fall in love with this band.
“I wrote this song during the 2016 political standoff. It was a moment when frustrations were high and women’s voices were once again being shunned, shamed and silenced. Advances are a daily annoyance for every woman, especially around nightlife. Going out, women are always hit with some unsolicited remark. Gentle Frame is an anthem about being true to yourself, saying fuck you to the cultural pressures, and standing your ground. It’s about not feeling guilty when saying ‘No’ but instead feeling empowered. Gentle Frame is coy yet stern. Amiable yet assertive. Feminine and Fiery. Not being sexually objectified isn’t a feminist issue; it’s a human issue. Gentle Frame is a reminder to Never Give Up. Never Give In. Stay True to You.” – Molly Sides
I already had preconceived notions about how much awesome-sauce they would serve up live, and I wasn’t dissappointed.
What I Thought Of Thunderpussy’s Performance: It was the end of a long ass day. My feet were killing me from walking miles and miles with over 30 pounds of camera gear on my back. But, I pushed my mind and body to walk over to catch Thunderpussy’s 1:00am set because I just had a feeling that it would all be worth it. It was.
When I arrived, the venue was already packed. I somehow slithered my way up to the front and got to experience Thunderpussy up close and personal, and I crouched down so as to not obstruct anybody’s view.Playing cuts off their now-released, self-titled debut album, I was suddenly reinvigorated with a sudden jolt of adrenaline.
Molly Sides was a force of nature. She was as badass as she was sexy, and was as fun as she was dominating. She was the complete package, and I can guarantee that if you love rock & roll, you’ll put her on your list of favorites as soon as you watch her do her thing. The cherry on top of her performance was when she went into the crowd, climbed onto a table at the rear of the venue to give those who couldn’t get up front a taste of what they were missing.
Even though their set had ended, the crowd wanted more, and Thunderpussy happily obliged to go a little over their allotted set time. The venue didn’t seem to mind either, as everyone the the room was having the time of their lives, and that’s just good business.
Why don’t you handle your own business and catch Thunderpussy on their current “School’s Out Tour” which, to my dismay, doesn’t include a stop in Los Angeles.