Thunderpussy Fights Power with Pussy

What’s more rock ‘n’ roll than fighting the man?

Thunderpussy doesn’t just sing about standing their ground, they do it in real life. The Washington State-based killer quartet has been fighting to get their name trademarked since their creation and they’ve even brought the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

“The old white men who run our country don’t really like ladies calling themselves pussies, apparently,” Thunderpussy bassist Leah Julius tells BTRtoday.

The trademark offices first denied their claim on the grounds that the name was “disparaging towards women” and later said the name was “scandalous and immoral.” They got the case before the Supreme Court but are now on a waiting list that doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

Thunderpussy, “Badlands”

“We’ve let men in our culture make pussy seem weak and use it as a derogatory term and we’re like, “fuck no—life comes from pussy,’” Julius says. “There’s a beard wax company that was able to name themselves ‘Pussy Juice,’ so there’s no rhyme or reason why they’re allowing some but denying others and that’s not equal protection.”

Their legal struggles have dragged on for almost five years but haven’t stopped them from making music.

Last year, they finally released their debut self-titled album. The music isn’t for the weak heart. Each track booms with raw and red-hot melodies, with production and intricate guitarwork from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready. Molly Sides vocals are silky, bold and intimidating and lent the and production.

Julius wants listeners to feel like they’re part of the music.

“We’re just a community and we want people to come together and feel [our] energy and feelings,” she says. “Art and music are the fabric of everything—I hope when people put their headphones on that they can just immerse themselves in this full-on sound bath experience of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Thunderpussy, “Speed Queen”

Their new EP Milk It comes out this fall and they’re currently touring their way to the west coast. After the tour they intend to get straight to work on their sophomore LP.

“In September and October we’re gonna go lock ourselves away and try and record the next one,” Julius says, adding that their motto is “don’t fuck up, but fuck it up.”
[tour; http://www.thunderpussyusa.com/tour]

Hear the entire interview with Thunderpussy and tracks from their debut LP and upcoming EP on this week’s episode of The Music Meetup.

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