On The Rise: Thunder Club

Thunder Club is an Indie rock band from Baltimore consisting of guitarists Pete Burkhardt and Dennis Chen, bassist Conor Johnston, and drummer John Burkhardt. In 2016, the band released their first self titled EP.  As a result, they flourished in their local music scene. Thunder Club has released an EP called “SUMMER VICE” which has been on rotation on the radio. Thunder Club’s following continues to grow as they use their natural groovy style to create youthful and energetic music.

“Go Ahead” kicks off with a gentle beat alongside a guitar with a catchy plucking pattern. The pace speeds up as the sole guitar is joined by smooth drumming and a few more strings. The vocalist sings with a melancholic nonchalance. In general, the introduction to “Go Ahead” is passive and relaxed. At the chorus, the tone and the vocals reach a new level of intensity as Thunder Club introduces upbeat energy. In the final instrumental, Thunder Club returns to its breezy plucking from the song’s intro. It then builds into one last burst of spirit before the song concludes. The back and forth between the energy of “Go Ahead” is what makes it refreshing and original. We are excited to see what Thunder Club has in store for us in the future.

Thunder Club's large and unique sound stems from the chemistry between the musicians as well as the desire to stay simple. Incorporating 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, they have released their new EP, SUMMER VICE, and have been featured on rotation on 89.7fm WTMD.

We can't wait to see what's next for Thunder Club. The band has talked about new muaic coming later this year. Stream Thunder Club on Spotify.

Welcome to back to BuzzMusic Thunder Club, it's always a pleasure! Your relaxed and breezy energy in your new release “Go Ahead” was contagious! Can you tell us about your inspiration for this song?

We took inspiration from Pete's (guitar) infectious guitar riff. Honestly, if it wasn't for the beers flowing that day in John and Pete's mom's basement that song may not have seen the light of day. It was one of those serendipitous moments where all the pieces fell into place and we hit the ground running with that. It was just something fun to play and knew it had a sense of style and feel people could get behind. We wanted to show our fun side with this song and let people know it's ok to let your hair down and have a good time with friends. It follows the modern-day love story of knowing that special someone in your life is going to be around, but you just don't know how long. It's a modern-day love affair I guess you could say. We simply don't want people to take us too seriously and hopefully, that comes across in the way we play and record that song!

You have an original sound that stays true to the indie rock genre. Are there any other artists that have influenced the way you make your music? How have they impacted it?

Without a doubt! We take influence from The Strokes, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age, Vulfpeck and The Killers just to name a few. A lot of Dennis' guitar playing is heavily influenced by that of Josh Homme from QotSA. A lot of Conor's magic bass playing comes from major funky influence. He really looks up to Joe Dart from Vulfpeck and absolutely loves some of those tasty Anderson Paak. bass lines. We sometimes take some pretty complex rhythms and work on making them simple, it can sometimes be a tough process but like to keep true to our sound. We're still working on that but are in the midst of writing some most excellent tunes. Some huge influences on us though come from classic rock in the tune of Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Stones, and The Police. I think you can hear a lot of that influence in between the brothers in the band and their rock n' roll backgrounds. John's thunderous drums and Pete's infectious guitar riffs and tones.

Can you tell us about how you found your passion for music and ended up starting your band? How has your music style changed over time?

The band started in a basement and truly grew from there. We all just find a spiritual connection with playing music. It's so easy to get into a groove and traverse down the rabbit hole of weaving in and out of riffs and rhythms. We find the best feeling in making other people feel good when we play. We simply want to spread a good time when we play, we love the season of Summer and find that a lot of our music hits home that way. Our style is changing rapidly now that it's only 4 of us in the band. It's so much more musical and technical now. It's still very digestible, but we've found new meaning in our music and hope that translates when people here it. We're excited to keep writing, playing and spreading the good vibes (I know it's corny, but it's what we love to do and have no shame in our game).

We were excited to have you on BuzzMusic Thunder Club! Can you tell us about any goals you have for the future as a band? What can we expect to hear from you in the future?

We've gone through peaks and valleys recently, but we're more ready than ever to hit the ground running! We're writing new music and are hungry to start playing in cities like Philly, DC, NY and beyond. We love Baltimore but are ready to branch out and move to bigger markets! We've got new music on the way so keep an eye out! We've got a great festival called 'Tributary' fest which is on April 25, 2020, where we're headlining and will be at the Baltimore Museum of Industry! It's an incredible charity event for the Chesapeake Bay so make sure to check it out!


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