Gallery: Thunder @ Leeds Arena
Thunder...back together…again! The London based quintet have gone their separate ways numerous times, but the gods still keep pulling them back together again. For my money, this is no bad thing.
As a band, their discography and history is one to be applauded. The band had some stunning records in the early nineties when Laughing on Judgement Day and Behind Closed Doors put the band on the map with top five entries on the UK album charts. Slots on the greatest rock and metal festivals in Europe saw their stock rise even further. Music nowadays for Thunder consists of keeping themselves happy. The members of the band are all astute musicians and have taken their own paths, but when they come together as Thunder, their blues laden hard rock is excellent; when all the parts of the machine click.
Wonder Days is the bands tenth studio effort, and comprises eleven new compositions. Throughout the record. The parts do click, albeit in parts. Danny Bowes distinctive rock and roll voice holds court over proceedings whilst Luke Morley musters up some more excellent guitar work with some great soloing in many of the tracks. The title track of the album and The Thing I Want are good examples of Morley letting loose; the latter being a track that has a soulful sound with the classic rock nuances employed fervently.
Many of the songs on Wonder Days stick to the tried and tested format of the band. There is a definite blueprint of ‘if it ain’t broken…’ throughout. Certain exceptions include The Rain, which uses mandolins to give it a very folky Led Zep IV sound. The piano on the track again gives the track good depth and more soul. The tempo is slowed for the track. Broken is another example of a slower tempo, with a heartfelt and rhythm and blues laden aesthetic.
Album closer, I Love The Weekend, is a straight up rock and roll affair. I’m not sure of the track's title, but the track is a whole lot of fun. Fun is what you want from Thunder.
With no Manchester date on their recent UK run, we sent Gina Godfrey to Sheffield to capture the band where they truly thrive - the stage.
Words: Dom Walsh Photos: Gina Godfrey