After playing with a developing IRON MAIDEN in the seventies and then moving to SAMSON (being instrumental in finding a very youthful Bruce Dickinson), Barry Graham Purkis became the figurehead of the newly emerging NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) scene. This was done by creating an alter ego Thunderstick, a masked persona known not only for his wild style of playing his drums but doing so from inside a cage and terrorizing audiences. He went on to form his own highly theatrical band in the eighties. Fronted by a female rock 'n' roll wildchild, THUNDERSTICK the band was a perfect "beauty and the beast" combination, playing live and recording for five years until it folded in 1987. Never to be seen again until now.
THUNDERSTICK is back with a brand new studio album which remains true to the band's original "classic rock" style: "Something Wicked This Way Comes".
Says Thunderstick: "This is an album that is befitting of the THUNDERSTICK of another era, but screams relevance for today.
"The whole thing came about because of the tragic death of our former vocalist Jodee Valentine at just 55," he continues. "Jodee's passing hit me really hard and I wanted to do something in her memory. There are some songs that we were playing live first time around that had never been released, coupled with some new tracks that have been written purely for this album. A new lineup. A new album. A new era."
Scheduled for release the end of July, this is the classic THUNDERSTICK band format of female vocalist, two guitars, bass and drums and the first THUNDERSTICK album of new material in over three decades.
Musicians on the album are: Thunderstick (drums), Martin Shellard (guitars), Dave Kandy Kilford (guitars), Rex Thunderbolt (bass) and Lucy V (vocals).
"Something Wicked This Way Comes" track listing:
01. Dark Night Black Light
02. Don't Touch I'll Scream
03. Go Sleep With The Enemy (I Dare Ya) *
04. The Shining
05. Encumbrance *
06. Fly 'N' Mighty
07. Lights (Take Me Away)
09. Thunder Thunder '17
10. I Close My Eyes *
All compositions by Barry Graham Purkis except * by Chang / Downs / Purkis / Shellard. All lyrics by Barry Graham Purkis.