Thundermother + Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters

Sunday 17th April 2022

The Underworld, Camden, London

Arriving in Camden Town, the hustle and bustle is very much back. Pre-gig drinks in The World’s End Pub are met slightly with an air of disappointment. Tonight’s show in the club below was originally billed as a three-band girl Rock power assault, but the mighty Haxan were no longer on the list. That apart, we drop down the dark steps into The Underworld. Opening up, Beth Blade and the Beautiful Disasters from South Wales provide an energetic non-nonsense Hard Rock stomp. I didn’t know much about this act previously, but they’ll certainly be ones to watch out for in the future.

Heavy Rock headliners, Thundermother, build up the suspense and come out in full force with ‘Whatever’ plus the tune of the night for me, ‘Dog from Hell’. The hands are in the air and the devil signs are swaying. There’s no doubting the influences in Thundermother’s style that comes from the Young AC/DC brothers and Mr. Motorhead Kilmister, as the good time Rock ‘n’ Roll continues with ‘Show Me What You’ve Got’.

The girls don’t let up as the hour and half goes swiftly by, with room for a cover of the Beastie Boys ‘(We Gotta) Fight for The Right to Party’. Their new single ‘Watch Out’ is also aired, plus they delve into their extensive and powerful back catalogue, including ‘Heat Wave’, ‘Road Fever’, ‘Rock & Roll Disaster’ and the self-titled ‘Thundermother’.

A faultless performance from the Swedish act, featuring singer Guernica Mancini, Filippa Nassil on guitar, Mona ‘Demona’ Lindgren on bass and Emlee Johansson on drums. Easy to see why they have such a good percentage of UK Festivals ahead of them, including Newark's Stonedead and Great Yarmouth's Hard Rock Hell, as they will be a nailed-on crowd pleaser. File under "For Those Who Want to Rock!"

Geoff C.