The thousand monkeys behind the thousand upright pianos at the Thunderbrill Building really haven’t come up with much commercially ready material lately, but that’s not to say they’re not working. There’s some stuff on the dictaphone that might turn into the third part (tentatively titled JOURNAL AND CRANKSHAFT) of the POWDER TO THE PEOPLE/IN YANISTIN song-snippet dualogy which nobody owns, not that it’s not available. One new cut, “Blazin’ in Princeton,” might even become an actual song. Special sneak preview sample lyric: “Blazin’ behind the library on a rainy day/Flip through new arrivals at the Record Exchange/I’ll take my parking validation/And I’ll see you at the Haven, come on/Blazin’ in Princeton.” So there’s that. Also, at a recent recording session at the Ward School of Technology in Hartford, the old staple “Her Shotgun Life” (first performed in 1994 by Larry, Thunderegg’s favorite atavists) got a geek-to-chic makeover and suddenly rides like a ’72 Nova with a jacked-up rear suspension. It’s not on this site yet because there are still some glitches, but you’ll have to trust us. It was rad. There are also nice new full-band recordings of some of your other favorites, lovingly engineered by Natronic. Big hits like “Ceiling Fan,” “In the Loft,” and “Rutting Season.” Let us know if there are any other old songs you’d particularly like to see dusted off and given the full-band treatment. The question is, Is this all just a bunch of talk? Perhaps. But it’s talk that rocks.
Monthly Archives: March 2001
The Bees Knees was another indie-focused site that really tried to devote a little attention to unknown bands, and in 2001 Thunderegg was certainly that. Here’s another archived review of The Envelope Pushes Back from spring 2001. I’m not sure what kind of free treats we were promising to send people back then, but let’s say that the offer still stands (despite the ancient publication date, I’m writing this in January 2014): E-mail us and say Trevor H from the Bees Knees sent you, and we will send you something free.
On their website Thunderegg notes “We’re not famous, and we never will be” and that’s really too bad because this little example of bedroom pop is a lot better than so much stuff churned out these days. This album is the band’s seventh, is packaged in a snazzy envelope with the albums lyrics enclosed. Musically Thunderegg is folksy and a bit rock n roll. Overall this album is very good especially Ceiling Fan and In the Loft. The best part is that if you visit their website and email them they will send you something free. —Trevor H
Deep from the review archive. I’m not sure what happened to the music site hEARd, but it was nice of them to give the Egg a spin. Steve from Orange Entropy sent out a bunch of copies of The Envelope Pushes Back toward the end of 2000, and it sometimes took a while for reviews to run, so let’s set the date here at March 2001.
With a great packaging idea, Thunderegg is one of those projects which come along once in a while, with simple songs & the odd gem which can really grab you when you first hear them. The production here is pretty good too, the whole album only slightly missing on a couple of occasions here. By & large though, I liked the whole album, with the peak being reached just about at the end of the album, on “Keep It With You”, which really gets hold of you, with a simple acoustic base being the driving force as on most of the songs. Another genuine highlight comes on “The Second Coffer”, as well as “Pardon Your French” & the very quirky but likeable “If I Went On A Diet”. Some very interesting stuff happening here, so if you like your music fresh, check it out – you’ll love the packaging, trust me.