Last time we caught up with Thunderbirds they were goofiing around backstage after a blistering performance at SXStereogum. This brand new video captures the energy of their live their set with one clever gimmick: a strategically swinging lightbulb. It reminds us of our favorite new ubiqutous, late-night commercial, except, TAN!’s bulb rocks.
The chorus goes: “We’ve heard this one before / Nothing new and nothing more.” Ryan Allen explains to Spin it refers to his band’s opinion on today’s music as “stale, image-based…and like 18th-wave emo.”
And while Allen admits the song’s title has little to do with its lyrical content, the moniker comes as “a pat on our own backs from us to say in a slightly cocky way we’re hoping to win the battle between bullshit music and not.” When asked if his band achieves this objective, Allen joked, “Probably not — we just write a bunch of disco-punk.”
New album Make History hits stores 10/17. The band will be playing 4 CMJ shows — three parties (Awesome Inc., Brooklyn Vegan, and Insound) and the Frenchkiss Records showcase — so hopefully you’ll see them at least once.