Song of the Day: Thunderpussy – Velvet Noose

Local Music, Song of the Day
07/21/2017
Dusty Henry
photo by Sunny Martini

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Velvet Noose” by Seattle rock outfit Thunderpussy from the 2017 single "Velvet Noose/No Heaven" on Hockeytalker Records.Thunderpussy – Velvet Noose (MP3)

When you're playing air guitar or fronting an imaginary band in the mirror, what music do you hear in your head? Probably something big and loud, something they get the crowd going crazy. That's what Seattle rockers Thunderpussy sound like. And it's what their shows feel like. They may not be playing arenas yet, but they've got the sound and charisma to be hyping up the masses at Key Arena any day now. In fact, their beastly licks caught the attention of someone who knows a thing or two about playing arenas: Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. McCready's formed a friendship with the band, supporting them as they march toward Valhalla. He's such a fan, in fact, that he joined the band on their latest single, "Velvet Noose."

The song finds the band at their most formidable. After a few quiet chiming guitar chords, a monstrous riff buzzes into view. The bass drum starts to thud and the bass guitar rolls, raising the tension before it all drops out except for a lone rhythmic riff. Finally, lead vocalist Molly Sides comes in. Her melody reflects a similar arc to the beginning of the track – starting off smooth and steady before erupting into a violent howl. The chorus may be one of the band's most realized moments yet, ready to be chanted from the nosebleeds with double devil horns flailing in the air. McCready's solo feels like something he might've fired up in the Ten days; short and sweet, but packing a major wallop. He comes back in again, leaning into the wah pedal and churning out a flurry of sizzling notes.

Thunderpussy will next be playing in Seattle on August 18th for KEXP's Concerts at the Mural alongside The Courtneys and a surprise guest. To stay in tune on the latest happenings with the band, check out their website and follow them on Facebook. In the meantime, revisit their in-studio below.

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