Last One Out Turn Off The Lights
British blues rock royalty Thunder burst onto the scene 30 years ago on the back of the Andy Taylor-produced Backstreet Symphony.
Featuring former members of Terraplane and radio-friendly anthems to die for, the band swiftly became staples of the UK’s burgeoning early 90s rock scene.
And Thunder rode the grunge storm before calling it a day in 2008 with Bang! — their ninth and seemingly last long player.
But you can’t keep a good band down.
And Thunder’s decision to reform was like a breath of fresh air for fans of quality classic rock.
Three successive top 10 albums have ushered in an Indian summer for Danny Bowes, Luke Morley and co.
And their Download main stage set in 2018 almost eclipsed headliners Guns N’ Roses.
News of another new record next year was welcomed with open arms and the feisty Last One Turn Off The Lights is a mouthwatering lead single.
In Thunder songwriter Luke Morley’s own words:
“All the songs on the new record were written and recorded pre-Covid.
“But it’s interesting that if you look at some of the tracks through the prism of Covid they still make a lot of sense.
“Last One Out Turn Off The Lights is a case in point.
“That was directly about Brexit but you could apply it to everything else.”
The verdict on Last One Out Turn Off The Lights
Leaning on Led Zepp’s Whole Lotta Love for an earworm of a riff and using Danny Bowes like a foghorn for forlorn hope, this is another mighty crack of Thunder.
Donald Trump will discover humility before Luke Morley suffers writer’s block.
And a run of exceptional songwriting form shows no sign of ending anytime soon.
Last One Out Turn Off The Lights might have been inspired by Brexit but it fits the Covid era like a glove.
And Bowes has never sounded more believable as he belts his way through a typically authentic Morley masterpiece.
There’s a rip-roaring guitar solo, layers of Little Angels-style brass and a jaunty rhythm capable of soundtracking the new series of Strictly.
Last One Out Turn Out The Lights is lockdown ready and peak Thunder. Just perfect.
What’s next for Thunder
New album All The Right Noises lands on March 12 via BMG.
Originally slated for a September 2020 release its delay reflects the fast-changing Covid landscape.
Thunder is hoping to debut the new material at a series of live shows next summer alongside main support Ugly Kid Joe.
Britain’s best new talent will open up the gigs.