Thundermother – Road Fever
Release Date: September 4, 2015
Sweden’s Thundermother started the storm brewing in 2010 when guitarists Flippa Nassil and Giorgia Carteri connected over a similar love of 70s rock and roll. The band turned into a full on hurricane when it tapped the talents of vocalist Clare Cummingham, drummer Tilda Stenqvist and bassist Linda Strom and released its 2014 debut album Rock N’ Roll Disaster. This fall the band is back with its sophomore effort, Road Fever, a comforting slab of old school riff and roll.
Thundermother is not reinventing the wheel, or creating highbrow masterpieces here. The quintet’s wheelhouse is classic punk-infused rock and roll in the vein of AC/DC, Motorhead, and that ilk. This is what the band delivers on Road Fever.
Cunningham’s gritty vocal attack plays nicely with the crisp bouncy riffs from Nassil and Carteri. Each track on Road Fever from the opener “It’s Just a Tease” to the closer, “Rock N Roll Sisterhood” resonates with ballsy attitude and top-notch musicianship. The former blasts forward in a flurry of wailing guitar and a steady rhythm that throws the listener headfirst into one of the record’s many mob-harmony, sing-along choruses.
The foot-tapping energy and big melodies carry forward on “FFWF” and “Alright Alright”, while the propulsive and sweetly addictive groove of “Deal with the Devil” would make Uncle Lemmy beam with pride. “Enemy” is simply infectious.
Track after track on Road Fever is packed with catchy riffs and bluesy swagger. Thundermother tap into the primal nature of rock and roll and infuse it with an impassioned vitality that has been far too absent from a genre trying to hard to impress itself in recent years. Road Fever is a fine display of big vocals, bigger melodies, and all the inherent head-banging fun anyone could ask for.