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Thundermother's Heat Wave: not a death rattle but a battle cry

Strikingly hooky return on Heat Wave from regenerated Swedes Thundermother

Thundermother - Heatwave
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When four-fifths of Thundermother quit in 2017, leaving founder/ guitarist Filippa Nässil distinctly short-staffed, it seemed like curtains for the Swedish rockers. 

So surprisingly, fourth album Heatwave is not a death rattle but a battle cry, with the regenerated line-up all throwing in songs, and hooks that hang around longer than crabs on a tour bus. 

You can’t exactly call this stuff original. Back In ’76 sets out Thundermother’s stall as hopeless nostalgists, curating their record collections (mostly AC/DC) over a stomp borrowed from Joan Jett’s I Love Rock ’N Roll. But you can’t deny it’s catchy.

Opener Loud And Alive has a heart-skipper of a chorus. Into The Mud sounds like The Ballroom Blitz having its bollocks twisted, and even when they clink the Zippos for the throwback power-balladry of Sleep the songwriting nous carries them through.