Thunder eye up release of new material in 2017

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Thunder frontman Danny Bowes has hinted that the band may release new material in 2017.

The band have just launched a new 3-disc package titled All You Can Eat off the back of the success of their previous studio album, Wonder Days, released in 2015.

Speaking on One On One With Mitch LaFon, Bowes said: “Providing we stay happy and healthy, we’d love to release another record in 2017. We have momentum and an international presence which is growing. The ripples of love for the Wonder Days album are still coming home to us now.”

Thunder are currently on an arena tour of the UK with Terrorvision and King King in support.

The band will play:

Feb 16th: Bristol, Colston Hall
Feb 18th: Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium
Feb 19th: Sheffield Arena
Feb 20th: London, SSE Arena Wembley

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Listen as Thunder stream new track Resurrection Day

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Thunder are streaming a new track from their 10th studio album Wonder Days.

“Resurrection Day” is the second single lifted from the UK top 10 album following the band sharing the title track last month.

Wonder Days reached number 9 in the UK album chart upon release in February, with frontman Danny Bowes sharing some effusive thanks: “Thanks yet another million to you Thunder-loving maniacs for not only buying it, but telling others to do the same. It would appear we are very much back!”

Thunder are set to play three arena dates next week with support coming from Reef. The band will then return in June to play a set at this year’s Download festival at Donington Park.

Thunder will play:

Mar 12th: Leeds First Direct Arena
Mar 13th: Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
Mar 14th: London Eventim Apollo

Check out the stream of “Resurrection Day” below and check out our review of Wonder Days here:

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New music releases, 16th February 2015

Here are the new and notable releases this week, 16th February 2015:

Thunder Wonder Days Album Cover
Wonder Days, Thunder
Check out our review of Wonder Days here!

Fire Music, Danko Jones
Time & Trauma, 36 Crazyfists
Smoke + Mirros, Imagine Dragons
Terraplane, Steve Earle & The Dukes
Everything Ever Written, Idlewild
Let It Reign, Carl Barat & The Jackals
The Grand Experiment, Neal Morse Band
Grind, Treacherous Orchestra
Epistemology, Keep Of Kalessin
Hungry Ghosts, OK GO
We Are The Brave, Skarlett Riot
With Serpents Scourge, Necrowretch
Mesmur, Mesmur
Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues Company, Blues Company
Frostburn, Lords Of The Trident
Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998-2015, Exhumed
Judgment, Scanner
Mental Absolution, Zephyra
Rise: Ascension, A Skylit Drive
Blessed Be My Brothers, Sarpanitum

All of the above – and many more besides! – are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Album Review: Thunder | Wonder Days

Thunder Wonder Days Album CoverArtist: Thunder
Album: Wonder Days
Our Verdict: 8/10
Release date: 16th February
Find it at: Thunderonline.com
Review by: Graeme Blackwell

“Pull that stick out of your butt and slap yourself round the face with it. Bowes and the boys have delivered on album No.10!”

Listening to Thunder’s 10th studio album, you get an overwhelming sense that the “wonder” of the title is that of a deliriously happy band who have realised that – despite significant trials and tribulations along the way – it is a glorious thing that they are still trucking and able to make the music that turns them on.

The band’s first album in six years, Wonder Days is the record that might never have been. Having played their last gig in London in 2009, Thunder announced that they were to split, but one-off appearances, acoustic shows, tours with Whitesnake and Journey, and then appearances at Download and Wacken sparked a new flame, and in May last year the band announced a new album was on its way.

Now then, at last, the wait is over. And bugger me it was worth it.

Wonder Days is everything you ever loved about Thunder and a little bit more. Despite the absence of guitarist Ben Matthews (who is thankfully now recovering after treatment for tonsil cancer), this is the sound of a band confident in their abilities, firing on all cylinders and relentlessly delivering the goods.

Danny Bowes’ hair-raising voice has lost none of its power over the last 25 years, and Luke Morley’s font of brobdingnagian riffs has clearly not yet run dry. From the opening blast of the title track onwards, Wonder Days serves up earth-shattering slabs of soulful, blues-inflected rock n’ roll that it is hard to imagine any other band performing so brilliantly. You need only check out the galloping rumble of “The Prophet”, the dark slice of “Black Water” or the spine-tingling “Chasing Shadows” for proof.

Thematically, it would be easy to give Wonder Days a cursory listen and chalk it up to a group of maturing musicians indulging in a nostalgic look back at their glory days. But that would be to miss the point entirely and do this vital and energetic album a great disservice.

Listen again and pick out the subtleties and nuances. Yes, this is in part a reflection on the dreams and desires of a band of young men growing in to themselves and all that that entails: summers that last forever; battles with authority figures who demand the shearing of long hair and strict adherence to societal rules; an endless craving for weekends that seem few and far between. But the album is also so much more.

Far from an empty, rear-facing look back, Wonder Days is a boundless celebration of the present moment and a future brimming with potential. There is joy and hope here; a faith in the power of music to unite and deliver. Crucially, it will blow your proverbial socks off too. Indeed, the enveloping warmth of “Resurrection Day” or the soaring “When The Music Played” drive home the sound of a band who have found a renewed joy in the company of friends and the art of playing their music so well.

“Don’t forsake me… I’m only asking for rain” sings Danny Bowes in the refrain of the mandolin-driven, folk-inflected dusty desert stylings of “The Rain.” Well God knows it’s pouring now and Thunder, it’s bloody good to have you back.

Thunder will play three dates in the UK in March:

Mar 12th: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Mar 13th: Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
Mar 14th: Eventim Apollo, London

Tickets are available now via Gigantic.com

Check out Thunder performing the title track from Wonder Days live to 15,000 fans at Loud Park, Japan below:

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Wonder Days: Thunder reveal new album

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Thunder have announced details of their new album.

Titled Wonder Days, the LP will be released on the 16th of February via earMusic. It will be the band’s first new material since their 2008 album, Bang!

The album was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, with guitarist Luke Morley on production duties. Rhythm guitarist Ben Matthews doesn’t feature on the recordings following surgery and successful treatment for throat cancer.

earMusic are describing the Wonder Days as “a potent mix of blues, soul and rock ’n’ roll that is as contemporary as it is steeped in the finest music of the last few decades.”

The full tracklist for Wonder Days is:

Thunder Wonder Days Album Cover01. “Wonder Days”
02. “The Thing I Want”
03. “The Rain”
04. “Black Water”
05. “The Prophet”
06. “Resurrection Day”
07. “Chasing Shadows”
08. “Broken”
09. “When The Music Played”
10. “Serpentine”
11. “I Love The Weekend”

The band released a video for the title track earlier this week, recorded in front of a 15,000 strong crowd at a gig in Tokyo. You can watch it below:

Thunder will play three arena dates in March 2015 in support of the release:

Mar 12th: Leeds, First Direct Arena
Mar 13th: Birmingham, NIA
Mar 14th: London, Eventim Apollo

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