Thunderpussy with The Shaky Harlots

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
$12 Advance, $15 Day of Show

On Monday, July 22, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Thunderpussy to the WOW Hall along with special guests The Shaky Harlots.

What if Thor’s Hammer of the Gods from “Immigrant Song” landed in the hands of four wise, willful and wild women?  Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy.

The quartet — Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass] and Ruby Dunphy [drums] — do the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and quite literally mess up every rock ‘n’ roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process.  Think of it like an inverse Frank Frazetta painting where it’s the Amazonian siren wielding all of the world’s power instead of Conan (he’s on the sidelines in awe).  More simply, instead of Page and Plant, Perry and Tyler, and Jagger and Richards, you get Molly and Whitney.  

Known for earth shattering pipes, heart-stopping performance art, and a propensity to literally writhe through a crowd, Molly is the consummate ideal front-person — bold, brilliant, brazen and beautiful. At her righthand, you’ve got Whitney as the ultimate 21st century axe-slinger —cool, collected, and crazy on that fretboard.  Rounding out the fray, Leah and Ruby cook up the tightest rhythm section this side of Cream (no kidding).

So, what is it that turned the Seattle-based group into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts (we’re looking at you, Sasquatch)?  It’d be too easy say it’s the power of the P-----

Whitney steps in, “People talk about that magic.  There’s some voodoo happening between Molly and I, which is like a cosmic connection. She has this power.  Somehow, I’m under her spell when we’re performing—we all are.”

“The truth is, I feel the same way about Whitney, Leah, and Ruby,” smiles Molly. “We’re all in this together.”

That unity drives the band’s full-length debut Thunderpussy [Stardog Records/Republic Records] produced by Sylvia Massy.  The lead single Speed Queen begins with a revving engine and arena-size percussion before snapping into a muscular and majestic riff and vocal proclamation, “Long live the Speed Queen.”

“The ‘Speed Queen’ is this mythic and magical woman who rides a motorcycle and travels around the country,” explains Whitney.  “Nobody knows too much about where she came from or where she’s going, but she changes everyone she meets because she’s that powerful.  I was thinking of Molly when I wrote it.”

Its companion track “Badlands” evokes bluesy Zeppelin-style mysticism with a fury that certainly wouldn’t be out of place on Aerosmith’s Rocks — but is completely at home on Speed Queen.

“It nods to that classic Terrence Malick movie Badlands with Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek,” adds Molly. “It’s an on-the-run love song between two outlaws.”

Among its arsenal, Thunderpussy also boasts a song produced by McCready “Velvet Noose.”  Everything comes together into one cohesive and classic vision of rock music recharged, reinvigorated, and resurrected in what can only be described as a diamond in the muff: Thunderpussy.

“Being a lover of rock ‘n’ roll music for my whole life, you either have it, or you don’t,” Whitney leaves off.  “If you find it, cultivate it, treat it like a wild animal, and tame that raw energy, but not too much.  That’s what this is.”


Fronted by the ballsy vocals of Brynna Dean, and anchored by guitarist Laramie Crow’s blend of spacey pedals with snarling barb-wire riffs, The Shaky Harlots’ live performances are rollicking, combustible, electric affairs that keep audiences riveted.

The band formed instantly when Andrew, Lar and Daniel's time machine crash-landed in Brynna's grandparent’s carport in the wilds of Southern Oregon.  Ever since that glorious day the chosen four have been promptly making fuzzy garage punk and roll for beautiful folks who love cats, clever dogs and genuinely enjoy eating Shepard’s Pie on Tuesday. 

After joining forces they quickly recorded their first EP Save it For Later.  It’s a blistering blend of psych-pop and punk, a six-song shot of adrenaline capturing the furious pace and sound of a band that Jefferson Public Radio described as, “rock from the old school of multiple train wrecks crashing into one another to create (a) wonderful sound.” 

Released in November 2018, the E.P. was produced by Evan Kunze (Foxhollow, Everett, Listener), and recorded in live from the stage of the band’s home venue, The Phoenix Clubhouse, a process that contributed to its enormous sound. 

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime 9:00.