By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – This Thursday, May 10th, American thrash-punk icon Thundercat will be performing at Circo Voador, supported by a full band and playing hits from his latest critically lauded solo album, ‘Drunk,’ which was voted album of the year by BBC Radio 6 Music in 2017.
Thundercat is the sort of cult figure that gets dubbed a ‘musician’s musician.’ Too eclectic to be neatly packaged or pigeonholed, he has forged a career as both an in-demand multi-genre bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer.
Hailing from California, Thundercat first received recognition as part of the cult punk band Suicidal Tendencies, while later receiving praise for his major contributions to Erykah Baduh’s ‘New Amerykah’ in 2008 and Flying Lotus’s ‘Cosmogramma’ in 2010.
He has since released three solo albums, ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’ in 2011, ‘Apocalypse’ in 2013, and finally, ‘Drunk’ in 2017, all huge critical successes, with Thundercat creating jazz-influenced groovy soundscapes drawing inspiration from musicians such as George Duke, Ron Carter and Miles Davis.
This isn’t his first time in Brazil, having toured here with both Suicidal Tendancies and Flying Lotus in the past; he even played the Jazz Festival at Fábrica, in Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo last year. Maybe there’s a reason he’s coming back so soon, as he told O Globo that Brazil is one of the places he likes most in the world.
“When I was there, I had the chance to go out at night and to see live music, it was wonderful.” He also professed to being a fan of Ed Motta, Arthur Verocai, José Mauro, Marcos Valle, Hermeto Pascoal and Gal Costa. A known crate digger, perhaps he’ll be visiting one of the many vinyl fairs around Rio.