Tuesday 21st August 2018
Review & Photos by Ryan Whitwell / Shotison Media
Back in Camden’s The Black Heart for a couple of rock bands tonight. Thunderpussy were headlining tonight, but first up were Yorkshire based Hot Soles.
The two piece had some fuzzy low-fi vocals that gave the two-piece a vintage vibe. It took a little while for the room to fill up, but the southern blues rythms got plenty of attention after a couple of numbers.
Vocalist/guitarist, Kieran Wardle, decided to wander over to the bar for a cheeky can of coke during one song. I guess that Black Heart stage is pretty hot when you’re playing.
Richard Birkin is quite an active drummer, both in the playing style and also in facial expressions. At times standing and shouting at the crowd before emphatically smacking the kit.
They ended the set with a decent cover of Proud Mary, which capped off a solid set and warmed us up for the headliners.
Performing in London as part of a few festival gigs and other European dates, Thunderpussy took to the stage with the fans in attendance clearly up for it. I noticed quite a few Thunderpussy T-shirts among the crowd and the band received a warm welcome as the four members of the Seattle based group stepped out.
Lead singer, Molly Sides, wearing a gold sequined leotard gave the crowd a quick hello before getting straight into Speed Queen.
Lead guitarist, Whitney Petty, was keen to get up close to the packed room, leaning out past the monitors to show off a few riffs early on.
Plenty of headbanging and hair flying on the opposite side from bassist Leah Julius.
I’m not very well versed in Thunderpussy’s song titles, but I did recognise a very good cover of “Somebody to Love”, more in the Jefferson Airplane style than The Great Society. I noticed a few people singing along to that one.
A couple of slower tracks and love songs, like The Cloud, gave the fans a bit of respite from the hard rock styles that made up the majority of the set.
I was rather impressed by the vocals, they were incredibly clean as Sides seemed to nail each song without much effort. She too was happy to lean out into the front row of The Black Heart. Her facial expressions and general performance were fun to shoot too, moving around and dancing during various instrumental solos.
Drummer, Ruby Dunphy, helped herself to a short drum interlude mid-set, showing off a few fancy moves which impressed those in attendance.
Overall, it was great fun. The band are clearly well rehearsed and sounded tight throughout the set, twinned with the bassy and loud sound that the Black Heart pumps into a rather small space made for a great sounding gig.
The Hot Soles: www.facebook.com/hotsoles/