One of the best hard rock albums you’ll hear in 2020 is Heat Wave from Sweden rockers Thundermother! An album that has it all, balls to the wall rock ‘n’ roll, bluesy jams, soaring ballads and hard rock anthems that will have you cranking them loud and proud all the way to 11!
I recently chatted to guitarist and founding member FILIPPA NÄSSIL, which you can check out below.
ABOUT HEAT WAVE
“Heat Wave”, the title of the fourth Thundermother album is as succinct as the message from the Swedish high voltage rock’n’rollers:
“Be ready, Thundermother will come over you like a sound heat wave! We sweep you away with our sound energy. And our goal is nothing less than Rock ‘n’ Roll World Domination!”
Thundermother have big plans with a solid foundation. The Thundermother sound on the new album “Heat Wave” is even groovier, fatter and presents 13 tracks with an absolute catchy tune. “Heat Wave” that reveals the full potential of the four exceptional musicians. The special mix that Thundermother create on this album appeals to fans of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, punk and heavy metal alike.
In 2017 the band reformed completely. Founder and guitar goddess Filippa Nässil achieved a real stroke of luck with this line up. Front woman Guernica Mancini gives the songs a unique touch with her blues-soaked voice. The band is completed by the hard rhythms of drummer Emlee Johansson and Majsan Lindberg on bass. The new band formation found its line within rock ‘n’ roll.
For the first time since the band was founded in 2010 all four band members now contribute to the new songs. Whether in the lyrics or the arrangements – Thundermother’s heart and brain are in the music. The fine tuning was provided by the Danish hard rock hitmaker Soren Andersen, an experienced producer and gifted guitarist who has worked for Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp, Dave Mustaine, Tommy Aldrige, etc.
In the space of three weeks the rockers created a top-class album in his Copenhagen Medley recording studio. Thundermother and Soren Andersen: According to the producer, a “match made in heaven”. You can hear the emotional and creative harmony that has existed from the beginning between the producer and the band in the songs.
The result: A more sophisticated version of an AC/DC-Motörhead-Sound, with fresh modern hard rock elements and a rich 70s groove. The songs cover the entire spectrum of life, everything from love ballads, blues songs to party hits.
Filippas Nässil’s favorite track on the album is called “Free Ourselves”. An energetic song with a stunning AC/DC-like sound and a political message: Don’t let laws regulate you that way. Rock’n Roll needs space, we humans need space to develop.
Emlee Johannsson prefers the song “Driving in style”. A cool mix of heavy metal riffs with a chorus that sounds like a skate punk song.
“Heat Wave” is the musical expression of the lifestyle of the hard rockers: Thundermother don’t just play rock’n’roll. Thundermother are rock’n’roll!
Glenn Hughes & Doug Aldrich discuss The Dead Daisies New Album ‘Holy Ground’, Out Now!
There’s no better way to start off a new year than with a massive ROCK album and here in 2021, The Dead Daisies have delivered what will undoubtedly be one of my albums of the year.
The bands 5th album, Holy Ground is the first with the Voice Of Rock and bassist Glenn Hughes and is OUT NOW!.
Lead singles such as Bustle & Flow, Holy Ground and Unspoken released throughout 2020 created high anticipation and the rest of the album delivers some of the bands heaviest and most epic songs to date, but with the space that is synonymous with Glenn Hughes.
It was a true pleasure to chat yesterday with Glenn and guitarist Doug Aldrich. Two musicians I’ve personally been following for over 30 years and needless to say I’m loving seeing them now together in The Dead Daisies.
Our chat dives deep into the new album Holy Ground so settle in and hear for yourself how the album all came together, the interview features a bunch of tracks from the album and we end our chat discussing some of their favourite Aussie music artists, with the #1 choice possibly being a surprise to many!
You can order a copy of Holy Ground on Vinyl or CD from the Rock Lives Here Store
Or for more on The Dead Daisies right here: https://thedeaddaisies.com/holyground/
HOLY GROUND is eleven tracks of pure unadulterated rock and is already receiving rave reviews. The Rockpit was the first to release this with a brilliant 9/10: “An even more muscular and heavy beast and some of the riffs etched in these grooves are crushing. It’s a crunching introduction and huge sounding opener beautifully balanced with the heaviness tempered by a little funk and soul that ominously suggest that this might be one of the best yet!”
Glenn has this to say: “From the opening track HOLY GROUND, we were building a strong foundation. Each song has its own theme, full of drama, emotion and groove, all the way through to ‘Far Away’ the autobiographical last song. We gave it our all, focused and passionate. Take this ride with us, maybe you’ll find yourself in the lyrics.”
The band can’t wait to play these songs live! When they do hit the road, returning to the Daisies amazing line-up is the monstrous, hard-hitting, powerhouse drummer, Tommy Clufetos (Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne).
So strap in, this is going to be one hell of a ride!
“HOLY GROUND makes me happy when listening to it now that it’s done and we’ve had time away. It’s heavy, groovy and is a fresh start for the band. It has the guitars that you expect, but a new direction lyrically from Glenn. His lyrics are deep and leave room for imagination.” – Doug Aldrich
With Holy Ground, The Dead Daisies have ensured that they will no longer follow anyone. They are leaders. And they stand, proudly, on HOLY GROUND.
‘Holy Ground’ Track Listing
Holy Ground (Shake The Memory)
Like No Other (Bassline)
Bustle And Flow
Chosen And Justified
30 Days In The Hole
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