Thundamentals live at The Village Green Hotel, Melbourne, Thursday 22 March, 2018
Small venue, small tracklist, big energy, big love.
A group of overwhelmingly tall people (apparently the Thundas demographic) packed themselves into the Village Green Hotel last Thursday night for an intimate gig with Aussie hip hoppers Thundamentals.
Lasting for just over an hour, it was a light and energetic show that engrossed the entire room. Never mind how small the venue was – the effect would have been the same regardless. The Blue Mountains trio can put on a show, and from Paint the Town Red right through to Something I Said, the whole room was jumping.
“It’s our 10th birthday, homies – you wanna have a celebration or what?”
It was clear to everyone from the get-go that the band were there to party, and Thursday night’s Decade of the Thundakat tour featured hits both old and new, with the group pulling from all eras of their catalogue – including their absolute belter of a Like A Version, Brother, for which they enlisted the help of angelic support Adrian Eagle.
Old mate Tuka easily offered the most energy out of anyone on stage, running around and pulling faces at people in the crowd, even at one point grabbing a punter’s phone and recording the gig from the stage’s POV. Barely pausing for breath, the group smashed their way through hit after hit – Quit Your Job, Noodle Soup, Deja Vu, and of course, 21 Grams – and by the end were as sweaty as those in the front row. They’ve been around for a while now, and know how to grab attention and keep it, which involves putting on quite the stage show.
It seemed, towards the end of the set, everyone in the room was there for one song only: Sally. (Or Salad, if you believe some of the more enthusiastic in the crowd.) It quickly became clear there were many Sallys in attendance, but that didn’t stop anyone of a different name from taking to the dance floor to show off their ‘best’ moves. Truly a sight to behold. Finishing up with Something I Said, the legends hung around for a meet and greet afterwards.
Thundamental’s Decade of the Thundakat tour is easily the sweatiest and brightest birthday party I’ve ever attended – I’m so glad my invitation didn’t get lost in the mail.
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