Seattle band Thunderpussy brought hard rock energy to the Honda Stage on Day three of ACL Fest’s second weekend, shredding and howling and pummeling their way through a steamy mid-day set.
The band perfectly evoked the sleazy, sparkly 1970s rock and 1980s hair band vibes they cite as some of their influences, and charismatic lead singer Molly Sides commanded the stage with her powerful pipes and the incredible physicality of her performance. She wore a glittery two-piece bodysuit, black blazer and thigh high boots, careening and prowling and crouching onstage in the style of iconic frontpeople of yore such as Steven Tyler, Robert Plant and Kathleen Hanna in her Bikini Kill days.
Guitarist Whitney Petty, the spitting image of Joan Jett, shredded hard for the entire 45-minute set, delivering sick solos and playing off Leah Julius’ heavy, powerful bass lines. Adding another vital punch of pure heart-kicking sound is drummer Ruby Dunphy, who pummeled the drum kit with fury and joy.
The band’s songs were classic heavy hard rock, focused more on mood and energy than on lyrics and melody. A crowd can easily pick up the words and start wailing along to lyrics like “good times, bad times, you know I’ve had my share.” The band even brought out “honorary fifth Pussy,” Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, who contributed to the song “Velvet Noose.” Overall, the band delivered a performance that was a little swampy, a little pop-gothic and all rock and roll glory.
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