Review: Thundamentals at the Tivoli, Brisbane, 2 June 2017


After hitting number two on the ARIA album chart in February, Thundamentals brought their Everyone We Know tour to life at The Tivoli, Brisbane on Friday June 2.

“Welcome to the tour! Make some noise and let’s party tonight,” shouted Tuka and Jeswon as they swiftly walked onto the stage.

With Poncho and DJ Morgs on the decks, the band kicked off with Quit Your Job from their successful 2014 album So We Can Remember. The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing with not a single frown in sight. The funky cowbell slowly crept through the speakers and the boys launched into Never Say Never.

Out of the Blue Mountains region in Sydney, Thundamentals definitely know how to turn the party upside down and please their audience, continuing with their Triple J ‘Like A Version’ of Matt Corby’s Brother.

“Love to Triple J and sing along if you know this one,” said Jeswon.

The resulting rumble from the crowd was brilliant and there wasn’t a fan who didn’t know the lyrics to the remix. The love and piercing screams from the ‘ThundaFam’ were unforgettable.

When 21 Grams was played, you could easily see this is what everyone was waiting to hear. The track features Australian act Hilltop Hoods, and Tuka and Jeswon did a marvellous job of spitting the lyrics to the song. Arms swaying from side to side, the boys on stage were having just as much fun frolicking around.

For the Brisbane leg of the tour, Thundamentals brought along iiiConic, Midas Gold and I AM D. All being locals from the area and making a great impression in the Australian hip hop scene. The support acts got the crowd jumping and pumped for what was going to be in store.

The whole venue came to a standstill for Blue Balloons with lighters in the air. The song – written and dedicated to a Sydney fan who tragically passed away – showed the Thundas’ softer side as they paid heartfelt respects to the boy’s family.

The show had a boisterous finish with Sally, including a guest appearance from Mallrat who got on stage for a boogie and the Thundamentals joined her with two left feet. As Thundamentals walked off stage, they sank a couple more beers and punters rose together to chant, “One more song! One more song!”

Thundamentals happily obliged, skipping back onstage and singing one of their old time favourites Paint the Town Red before signing off with a banging finale of remixes played by Poncho and DJ Morgs.

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