18 September 2015

Thundermother - Road Fever

Thundermother are an all-female rock band based in Stockholm, Sweden though two of their members are from Ireland and Italy, Road Fever is their second album following last years’ excellent Rock ‘N’ Roll Disaster. They play an uncomplicated brand of snotty biker rock with some very obvious influences like AC/DC, Motörhead, The Runaways etc.

It’s Just A Tease kicks things off energetically, an engaging singalong about flirting. It immediately shows off Clare Cunningham’s impressive voice. It’s gravelly but powerful and has just the right amount of sleaze to it. There’s also a blistering solo from lead guitarist, Filippa Nässil too. Next up is FFWF, It’s a bouncy Rock n’ Roll song with a great, infectious chorus and a touch of Status Quo. Oh and it’s Fight Fire With Fire, I know you were wondering.
Following that is Alright Alright and it’s a song that confuses me. It’s a song about the love of driving and doing so very fast, it doesn’t seem to say alright alright at any point and the album is without a title track. I wonder then, why this song isn’t called Road Fever instead? Anyway, it’s another really good one.

The pace isn’t lessened any with the next song, Deal With The Devil. I had to check to see if Lemmy had a hand in writing this one, so Motörheady is it. The riff is pure Ace Of Spades. Following that is the more AC/DC tinged Give Me Some Lights. It’s not quite as breakneck as what it follows but it’s still very much a rock song with yet another singalong chorus.

(l-r)  Tilda Stenqvist (drums), Filippa Nässil (lead guitar), Clare Cunningham (vocals),
Linda Ström (bass) and Giorgia Carteri (rhythm guitar)
Roadkill sounds exactly as you’d expect it to, a straightforward, frenetic rock song with a shouty chorus that’s unsurprisingly fun to bellow along to.
I really like the melody line of the verses to Enemy and the chorus is strong, it's possibly one of my favourites of the album. The mantra of Who Is She?! in the chorus reminds me of Nikki Grahame’s hilarious rant on Big Brother though. The fact that the song is a bitch about another woman doesn’t help avoid it.
Vagabond is the slowest song on the album that has a feel of Free or Bad Company to it. It’s not a bad song but it’s quite up to the standard of the rest of the album.

The sound of a tattoo gun ushers in Thunder Machine, a paean to, well, to getting a tattoo. It’s the longest song on the album at just over four minutes and is a cool, mid-paced barroom boogie of a song that has a really nice guitar line through it. Curiously another all-female rock band had a song called Thunder Machine, though not the same one. The band were Nitocris from Australia and it was on their 1994 album Screaming Dolorous. You can hear the song HERE and read about the band HERE
The final song on Road Fever is Rock ‘N’ Roll Sisterhood and is, as you might expect from the title, a lighter waving anthem of solidarity. It’s also another mid-paced song and therein lies my only real gripe with Road Fever; all the longer, slower songs are at the end of the album and when the previous few songs are so short and fast, it kind of weighs down the album, in a metaphorical sense. Maybe if they were spread out throughout the album it might not feel quite so like two halves, I dunno. Maybe two halves is what they were after?

That one whinge about it aside, Road Fever is a lot of fun, very easy to listen to and sing along with. It’s a no nonsense rock album with a strong 70’s influence. It’s an improvement on their previous album with was already pretty good. I look forward to the next one.

8 out of 10. Oh, now you have my attention and maybe my money, time and heart

Best Track: Enemy 

You can listen to Road Fever on Spotify HERE
You can buy it from Amazon HERE

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