Variety Show Episode 50 – Special Thundercat Episode
Written by Antonio Matic on April 5, 2016
SOUL’D OUT FESTIVAL PRESENTS
Wed, April 13, 2016
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
This is a special and rare show featuring Thundercat – the bass-wielding-soulster tearing new avenues for jazz and soul.
For those new to Thundercat and his music, he is a multi-genre bassist who started off at the age of 15 in a boy band called No Curfew. They had a hit in Germany that started off his music career. Thundercat (birth name Stephen Bruner) played in Suicidal Tendencies from 2002 to 2011 before starting his solo journey. In 2004 he released Young Jazz Giants with up and coming jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington in their self titled released.
Thundercat is good friends with IDM producer and nephew of John Coltrane, Flying Lotus. The two have collaborated on multiple tracks on each of their albums, as well as a forthcoming group album announced in 2016. In 2015, the two started an Experimental/Abstract Hip Hop project with Shabazz Palaces members Tendai “Baba” Maraire and Butterfly (of Digable Planets fame.)
Thundercats debut album, “The Golden Age of Apocalypse” set him off into the soul-jazz direction. His second, Apocalypse, released in 2013, has been featured on prominent magazines and websites as a recommended album to listen to. With hits like “Oh Sheit It’s X”, “Tron Song”, and “Setbacks + Heartbreaks” you are sure to be tapping along and feeling the slick bass grooves. The third album, an EP, entitled “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam”, released in 2015, was named the 24th album of the year for 2015, right before Earl Sweatshirts “I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside”, and after Kurt Vile’s “b’lieve i’m goin down’. The album features the hit song “Them Changes” which you can hear Thundercat play live at The Revolution Hall, April 13th in Portland, OR.
Most recently Thundercat has won a Grammy award for his contribution on the Kendrick Lamar LP To Pimp A Butterfly, specifically the song “These Walls.” For his contribution on that album he was named “a creative epicenter”, signifying his significance and prominent influence on the album.
Thundercat will be playing multiple shows over the coming months, as well as a second round at Pickathon this summer in Happy Valley. Currently Thundercat is on the Soul’d Out Tour which features other artists which will play at Pickathon, including Laura Gibson, Operators, Linda Ortega, and more! To check out a live performance of Thundercat playing “Them Changes” at the 2015 Pickathon visit this link.
Catch Thundercat on the Soul’d Out Tour April 13th at Revolution Hall.
For ticket information visit: http://www.revolutionhallpdx.com/event/1080177-thundercat-portland/