The quintessential hard-rocking sound of Sweden's Thundermother takes it cues from the likes of AC/DC and Motörhead but sees the group add a modern twist, as heard on their 2020 full-length Heat Wave.
The brainchild of Sweden's Filippa Nässil, Thundermother first came about in 2010 after Nässil moved to Stockholm to start a classic rock band. Teaming up with Italian guitarist Giorgia Carteri, who had also found herself in Stockholm, the duo started to put together a band, with the pair finally settling down with members, drummer Tilda Stenqvist, bassist Linda Ström, and Irish vocalist Clare Cunningham in 2013. With the group a solid collective, they embarked on national tours, peddling their own modern brand of classic '70s rock before issuing their debut album, Rock 'n' Roll Disaster, in 2014. Just a year later, they followed it up with their sophomore release, Road Fever, before becoming regulars of the European rock scene, playing festivals and live dates across the continent. As the quintet started to record their third album, they split, with Carteri, Stenqvist, Ström, and Cunningham leaving to pursue other avenues.
Quick to continue what she had started, Nässil recruited Guernica Mancini on vocals, Emlee Johansson on drums, and Sara Pettersson on bass, with the now four-piece returning to the studio to record their third album. The eponymously titled release appeared in 2018, with the group's take on classic rock still firmly in the driving seat. With a refreshed vigor, Thundermother continued to play the European festival and gig scene throughout 2019 before returning to the studio to record their fourth album. With Nässil as chief songwriter on previous outings, the group all clubbed together for Heat Wave, recording with Danish rock producer Soren Andersen at his Melody studios in Copenhagen. Preceded by the chugging, riff-drenched single "Driving in Style," Heat Wave was issued in mid-2020 by AFM. ~ Rich Wilson