Meet thrilling, up and coming, artists in 10 questions…
Here’s… THUNDER ON THE LEFT
THUNDER ON THE LEFT is a heartfelt and hard hittin’ 3-piece dynamo out of the London desert producing deafening drones that will make your head spin 360°. Led by explosive frontwoman and passionate vox Carla the band develops a metallic and volcanic storm, fierce enough to blow big holes in our worldwide corrupted establishment. On brand new, barbed wire album NATIONAL INSECURITY you’ll hear crushing echoes, annex melodic vigor, of System Of A Down, Korn and RATM, both in vision and in sound. The LP is a mighty work of loud and clear protest against the eternal human rat race, against social abuse, against the Big Brother media, against impersonal gregariousness. We need committed bands like this. Pronounced artists who shout out, opinionated musicians who care. Thunder On The Left is a force to embrace. Let’s meet them, but start the acquaintance
first with the title track of the new record…
Welcome Carla (guitar, lead vocals), Arun (drums, vocals) and Adam (bass, vocals)
1 / When, how and why did the band form?
Carla: “In the mind’s eye of a visionary named fate, we don’t remember how, why,
when or where we met – fate brought us together.”
Arun:“And God said let it be so, and God said it was good!”
Adam: “In a long-forgotten Viking horde buried under centuries of history there lay a drum kit, a Telecaster, and an SG bass. We never questioned how it was they came to be there, or the vast coincidences involved in bringing us three together on that same cold, stormy night. Riffs do not question the fingers that play them, nor do we question the ancient magic that now binds us together.”
2/ What’s the story behind the band’s name?
Carla: “It’s from a book, of the same name, about disillusionment with society.
Listen to our music for a few bars of any song, and you’ll see why that fit.”
3/ When did you know “this is how want we to sound, this is what
we want to tell the world”?
Carla:: “We’d describe our music as the very well-behaved and fortunate looking child of three very overbearing parents.”
Arun: “I think we don’t ever truly know, it’s one of those things where we rehearse and it develops and changes just as we do as people, as we become better musicians. It develops alongside us, and when it comes out, that’s when we know. It’s never with pretence.”
Adam: “We’re writing the music we want to hear and between the three of us, there’s a lot of different influences entering into it. When we’re playing and we discover something great, we all feel it right away. It’s a physical reaction, like adrenalin.”
4/ What or who inspired the band to call the debut LP: ‘NATIONAL INSECURITY’?
TOTL: “Carla wrote it as a reversal of the concept of national security. In the sense of how society is conditioned to live in a state of fear and paranoia from the media and feels anything but ‘secure.”
5/ What’s your fav track on the album?
Carla: “Either ‘A Polite Fuck Off‘ or ‘Simply Eaten‘. APFO just sounds so good, and also perfectly mixes R n B (the bass-line for me in the verse) with heavy rock and an interesting sentiment (‘A Polite Fuck Off’ in this song meaning to cut someone out of your life without telling them as it’s pointless to try and sort out something they have engineered maliciously). ‘Simply Eaten‘ was finished at the studio, and I purposely left loads of the melody until then to work under a kind of weird positive pressure. I think it’s epic, brooding and very Post-Rock; it sounds huge. Also, how contemplative it is lyrically I think is a perfect way to end the album. It was written from a poem I wrote a long time ago.”
Arun: “‘A Polite Fuck Off’ is a special song to me, it completely encapsulates my influences in terms of drumming, and pushed me beyond my limits of what I thought I was capable of playing. In short, it just feels good to play the song. It’s groovy, it’s heavy, and the chorus groove always hangs back in a cool swing which you wouldn’t expect from such a heavy song. ‘Interlude‘ is another favourite of mine, a repetitive groove locked in with Adam is always a winner. I’d also agree with Carla with ‘Simply Eaten‘, I was close to tears when we were recording that song because the lyrics just hit home so hard at the time. I could go into detail with every song but those stand out immediately.”
Adam: “‘A Polite Fuck Off’ is so much fun to play… It’s full of energy and I love how it never stays the same for long, there’s always a change to throw you off your guard. ‘Survivor‘ is another favourite of mine. It’s all intensity from start to finish and I have a blast playing it live. ‘Simply Eaten‘ can’t go unmentioned of course, it was the last track on the album we recorded and when we finished playing it was an amazing feeling. That song creates its own atmosphere, and for those 6 minutes there’s no escaping it.”
4 Votes (Turn Up The Volume’s one included)
for ‘A Polite Fuck Off’…
6/ What movie would you pick to visualize ‘NATIONAL INSECURITY’ on
a big screen, in the back of the stage, when playing a show?
Carla: “Battle Royale or A Clockwork Orange.”
Arun: “Nirvana live at Reading, 1992.”
Adam: “12 Angry Men.”
7/ Why is it that mankind, after all these ages, isn’t still capable of
living together and tolerate each other?
Carla: “Religion. Politics. Divide and conquer. Power. Greed.”
Adam: “People who seek power can never understand those who do not.”
8/ If the band was an animal, which one would it be?
TOTL: “A mosquito. People under-estimate how deadly they are
until it’s too late. They are deadly AF.”
9/ If you could go back in time on which artist’s front door
would you knock and ask to have a selfie together?
TOTL: “No-one’s door, we hate selfies, and the artists
we love enough to time-travel back to see, would too.”
10/ Plans for 2018?
TOTL: “Taking over the world, Pinky.”
Thank you, guys, for this interview with TUTV!
May the road rise with... THUNDER ON THE LEFT
‘NATIONAL INSECURITY in full…
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