Band Of The Week: Thunder Club

Thunder Club, a five-piece indie rock band from Baltimore just released a new song titled 'Go Ahead' and needless to say, it's now on repeat in our office and is definitely one of our teams top picks of the week.

Thunder Club, consisting of guitarists Pete Burkhardt and Dennis Chen, lead singer Garrett Cusack, bassist Conor Johnston and drummer John Burkhardt bring a large and unique sound to the table. The band incorporates a wide variety of musical influences into their songs. Thunder Club's music is youthful and energetic, with a strong basis in groove and melody. With the release of their self titled EP in 2016 and their lively stage presence, Thunder Club has burst onto the local music scene and has quickly gained a following. Most recently, the boys have released their new EP, SUMMER VICE, and have been featured on rotation on 89.7fm WTMD.

The bands recent single release for 'Go Ahead' displays the uniqueness they claim to hold. The song starts with a chill, simple and mellow drum beat with some sultry guitar riffs. When the vocals kick in it's totally transparent that this is a love song, though not your typical cliche one. The song is about someone who finds someone of interest, wants to get to know them, mess around, have fun and enjoy each others company for the summer. After the summer if over... what happens is a mystery. Do they make it work or walk away? You totally feel the vibe of the song as you listen through it start to finish. If you're a fan of bands such as The Dangerous Summer or Bear Hands, you're going to fall right into the hazy spell of Thunder Club. Stream 'Go Ahead' HERE.

We had a chance to sit down with the band. Here's what they had to say!

Hey Thunder Club! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

We’re Thunder Club, an indie rock outfit from Baltimore, Maryland! Thunder Club is made up of five guys (Garrett, Dennis, Conor, Pete, and John) who all grew up playing music together throughout their childhood and young adulthood, in different lineups. We decided to become one super awesome act in the fall of 2015, and the rest is gravy!

We're a big fan of your new song 'Go Ahead', can you tell us a bit about it and the writing style behind it?

“Go Ahead”, the lead single off of our second EP “Summer Vice”, came about one gorgeous day while we were setting up for rehearsal. Pete started playing a gorgeous chord progression and Dennis filled in with a soaring lead, and it snowballed from there. The song’s structure was done in less than an hour! In terms of style, we wanted something sweet and simple, but still intricate in terms of its parts and arrangement - palatable for the casual listeners, but also something there for the diehard musicians.

Where did the inspiration behind 'Go Ahead' come from?

Musically, it was one of those songs that just comes to you. We had recently switched rehearsal space to a room that had a lot of natural light, so some of our “happier” songs were born there since the atmosphere was lighter. Lyrically, the song is about a conflicted summer love (our only love song!) and the decision that comes with it, as to whether or not to keep trying or to let the other person walk away.

Let's get personal! What are three things you would love your fans to know about the band?

Well, first of all, we would like everyone to know that we like to party, have fun and enjoy ourselves. We also like long walks on the beach and Miller Lites. But really, the second thing is that we’re all HUGE Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings fans. Lastly, we would like everyone to know that this is our dream and we want nothing more than to write songs that bring people happiness, joy and take them away from their stressful lives for minutes, hours, or days at a time.

Any upcoming gigs? How would you explain your live performance?

Yes, we have two shows coming up. We’re playing September 7 at Ottobar in Baltimore with our friends, Outside Smoke, for their upcoming EP release. We have a show later that month in DC with Ocean Heights at The Passenger on the 29th, and we’re playing November 11 on the main stage at Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore. Our live shows are super high energy. Everyone in the band is everywhere on the stage, with the exception of the drummer obviously, but everyone brings the heat and we like to get the crowd dancing. We’re there for a good time and that vibe just bounces back and forth between the crowd and us. It’s just pure fun!

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