In the spring of 2017 Sweden’s hottest property, Thundermother, saw some drastic changes. Four members left, three new ones arrived. But the band’s centerpiece – guitarist and founder Filippa Nässil – stood steady by her vision. Around that vision the new line-up quickly gathered and every new piece immediately fell into place. In June the new, upgraded version of Thundermother released “We Fight for Rock N Roll” video below – a single that was just as much of a statement as a taste of great deeds to come. In support of the single they hit the road for a 20 date tour through Europe.
The highlight of the tour was their Wacken appearance. After touring with Michael Monroe, W.A.S.P, D-A-D, Danko Jones etc. and a sold-out European headline tour it was finally time for the band to conquer the prestigious festival. Even though they they’d only played together for a few months the show was a complete success for Thundermother’s new line-up.
“To play at Wacken has been my major goal since I started the band and now we stood there and performed in front of 10 000 people. It had rained throughout the festival, but suddenly it stopped and the sun started to shine on us,” Filippa Nässil recalls and reveals that they were so satisfied with the show that the whole band got the Wacken logo tattooed before they rushed off to the next tour stop.

After a summer of successful touring Thundermother rehearsed intensively for a month, then headed into Nordic Soundlab studios in Skara, Sweden. The flow was unbelievable. In just ten days they recorded 15 new tracks. Everything – including vocals – was recorded live. And almost everything was wrapped in the first take. 13 of these 15 tracks became the bands third, self-titled album Thundermother.
Thundermother have never sounded so powerful. Together with three times Grammis awarded producer Thomas Plec Johansson (Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar, Watain etc.) Thundermother have maxed just about everything on the album. From the Deep Purple influenced knockout punch of “Rip Your Heart Out”, when singer Guernica Mancini throws lethal jabs over riffs that don’t let up for anything to Emlee Johansson’s crushing drums.
“We wanted a really fat drum sound on this album. If you listen to records with say AC/DC and Airbourne, you’ll hear that the drums are at a damn high volume. So, we put some serious time into getting a wicked drum sound,” says Nässil. “When Emlee hit the bass drum both she and the whole bloody house shook. It was such a great energy!”.

Rock history is stacked with giants who’ve unleashed that big power ballad on their third album. The same power ballad that later has led to broader breakthroughs. Thundermother follows in due course, releasing their first ballad, ever, “Fire in the Rain.”  But that isn’t the only time that Thundermother add a bit of new flavour to their fail safe recipe for success on this album. Put side-by-side with the other album’s tracks “Hanging At My Door,” with its massive hook, sounds almost like a pop song in a Thundermother suit.
Thundermother may have left their musical comfort zone this time, but you’ll still recognize the band. It’s still the same great, high-octane, 70’s fire breathing rock’n’roll that the band has graced us with since their 2014 debut. It’s just that this time the groove is even groovier, the sound is even better and the songs cuts even deeper.


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