Seattle-based rock band Thunderpussy has built a solid reputation in and around its home base, and with the female quartet’s debut EP Greatest Tits having just been released, the group is set to widen its fan base as it embarks on its “Pour Morals” tour. The third show of this 12-date swing took place on Monday, March 5 in Portland Oregon at the Doug Fir Lounge, and the ladies lived up to the buzz.
Walking out to an audience that greeted the band with great anticipation, Thunderpussy opened its set with a rollicking cover of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” before diving into its own body of work, including a red-hot version of a single from the EP called “Speed Queen,” which was greeted by shouts of approval from the crowd. The quartet played ripping versions of the other tracks from Greatest Tits — “Velvet Noose,” “Gentle Frame,” and “Torpedo Love” — throughout the set, along with favorite live songs such as “Thunderpussy” and “Welcome to the Disco.”
With a sound generously rooted in 1970s hard rock, what sets Thunderpussy apart from the pack of current retro-based rockers is the outstanding chops of each member, and the soulful vocal approach of lead singer Molly Sides, who is a force to be reckoned with, both vocally and as the frontwoman for the band. She can belt out, croon, coo, and whatever else is required of the group’s repertoire, often while contorting herself, dancing in styles ranging from modern to disco, or engaging in rock and roll sexiness poses with other group members.
Sides and the other three Thunderpussy members are all fantastically talented musicians with experience in previous bands. Guitarist Whitney Petty is perhaps the second most playful persona in the quartet, joking with the audience and making off-color remarks at the humorous expense of other members. Her axe skills are first-rate, as she shreds one moment and wrings stirring blues another. Leah Julius is dynamite on the bass and backing vocals (which Petty occasionally joins in on as well), and makes a first-rate duo holding down the bottom with drummer Ruby Dunphy. Dunphy was trained in jazz drumming, and brings a unique, thunderous style that delighted the audience. She even had her own cheering section that chanted her name after solos and fills.
The members of Thunderpussy were in a frisky mood this night, having traveled that day from Vancouver, B.C. after a gig the evening before. A couple of funny road stories made it into stage banter, but if these ladies were weary, it certainly did not show. Their performance was everything it had been hyped to be, all the way to the closing notes of their raucous cover of The Stooges’ “Search and Destroy.”
Seeing Thunderpussy at this stage of their careers must be similar to what it felt like to see Kiss in New York City just before they broke big. Here is a sensational rock band with all of the talent and stage presence it needs to blow audiences away and make a name for itself. This remarkable quartet is poised to make a lot of noise in 2018 and beyond. Keep an eye out for Thunderpussy when the band heads your way, and don’t wait on buying tickets.