Hang out with Thunderpussy singer Molly Sides and guitarist Whitney Petty for very long, and you’ll discover their favorite band is Led Zeppelin. So it was quite the happy coincidence when the Sasquatch line-up was announced, and not only did it include Thunderpussy, but Robert Plant.
“I wasn’t able to go to the Sasquatch announcement party,” Petty says, “But I literally got five texts from Molly saying things like, ‘ROBERT PLANT!’ and ‘OMG fucking god Robert Plant!’ and ‘I’m gonna get on stage with him!!!!’ Needless to say, we are huge fans.”
And thus starts what Petty calls the Summer of Thunderpussy. “We are working toward world domination.”
The band’s members also include bassist Leah Julius (Cumulus, Sundries) and drummer Lena Simon (La Luz, Kairos). They blast a blend of ‘70s hard rock slathered in glam and hair metal with the stage antics to back it up. With a BFA in dance, Sides has some delicious moves, and Petty, former wild-assed drummer of the Grizzled Mighty, sometimes cracks a bullwhip on stage.
They deliver the musical goods, too. You can stream five tracks on Sound Cloud (https://soundcloud.com/thunderpussiez) recorded by producer Graig Markel, a friend of the band, but they’re not for sale.
“We made those demos with Graig because none of us have the equipment to make a decent-sounding demo,” Sides says. “I think we fool people because they sound really polished, so people think it’s an EP. But it’s just because Graig’s our friend, and he just can’t be not good.”
They say they won’t release anything before they’re ready to put out a full-length. “Frankly, I want to write a concept album,” Petty deadpans. “Yeah, we just came out with our first album – it’s about our motorcycle gang.”
But the best way to experience them is at a show. The next one is at the Tractor Tavern on March 26th. That’s also Petty’s birthday.
“It’s Whitney’s Dirty 30,” Sides says.
Sides is not only a dancer, but a choreographer and film artist. She created a dance program called Trigger offering free quarterly performances at Vermillion, Love City Love, and other locations.
“It’s to bring dancers who don’t get seen very often, or ever, to a place that doesn’t see dance very often, or ever,” she says. “We’re trying to connect Trigger to Thunderpussy and take over Ballard, kind of like a treasure map with little pop-ups.”
“I’m asking Molly to curate dance,” Petty says of the Tractor event. “It’s Thunderpussy’s big headlining debut, it’s my birthday weekend, we’re going to have new songs, and I’m hoping that we’re going to have at least one back-up dancer.”
“Oh, we’ll have two,” Sides says.
Currently, Sides, Petty and Simon share a house on Capitol Hill. “Leah lives in emo town,” Petty says of Julius’ digs in Fremont with a distant look in her eye like the location requires a passport to enter. The band hankers for a place together.
“We’re trying to make enough money for the Pussy Palace,” Whitney says. “Leah wants a compound. We could have a giant mountain that looks like a vagina, and you hit a button and a stone flap rolls up – that’s the goal. We could have all the drummers live with us.”
It’s “all the drummers” because Simon is cranking on so many projects, she’s rarely available for gigs. “We’ve got a rotating drum throne,” Sides says.
“We’re like Spinal Tap,” Petty adds. “We’re always going to have drummer problems – drummers spontaneously combusting. But when Lena’s in town, she’s number one. She’s like a magic unicorn creature that just prances around, and whenever you can put a lasso around her neck and convince her to come do a project with you, you should, because she’s amazing.”
For the time being, they’ve been rotating various substitute drummers. “In fact, can you put an ad at the bottom of this?” Petty asks. “If you have a vagina, and you’re good at playing drums, contact us.”
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 9:00 PM PDT