Thundamentals have been kicking around the Australian music scene for over a decade, but they are still going strong and appealing to fans of all ages, as their sell out all ages show at The Gov demonstrated.
Main support act B Wise, more than threatened to steal the show, he pretty much stole it, no disrespect to the headliner. His performance easily demonstrated that he is one of the best talents Australia has in hip hop, plus his track Prince Akeem has to be one of the best Australian hip hop songs going around at the moment, with fantastic backing production and some elements a little like grime icon Stormzy. With easy charisma, fast lines, great stage coverage and a killer DJ who got the crowd pumped in the lead up, this African-Australian rapper is definitely one to watch in the future. Check him out if you like feel good contemporary Australian hip hop with a more international feel.
Thundamentals are really proponents of the classic Aussie hip hop style spearheaded by Hilltop Hoods, with strong accents and big positive messages in their music. This contrasts with much of the slick, high charisma and more American influenced sounds that have been gaining prominence with recent acts, for example B Wise. Coming to the stage in front of their own vibrant custom lighting the act strutted the stage with the confidence of a group who are used to having a crowd eat of their hand. With signature black caps, very strong crowd engagement and high energy, the act dominated the stage and kept the momentum of the show up throughout the night. With support acts joining them on various tracks throughout the night, there was plenty to keep punters interested.
Some of their newer tracks, particularly Deja Vu with the sugary sweet harmonies in the chorus have a softer, singalong feel with appeals to today’s punters, hungry for catchier hooks. Sally takes this even further with a lyrical focus on positive self esteem and a refrain clearly designed for crowds to sing along to. When the act ripped out 21 grams, their collaboration with Hilltop Hoods, the show reached its highest point, with the crowd.
Thundamentals proved that on the back of this show and their one at Royal Croquet Club, they are one of the most popular Australian hip hop acts going with the adoration of fans across the country, not an easy thing to achieve these days.