"We added a three-piece horn section that has made us into soul music, or some kind of large band, horn-groovy thing that I don't think is reggae anymore," O'Brian says of the new Thunder Body. "...I suggested to the band that we step back and give ourselves some time to get a new sound and creative feeling. I encountered no resistance. . . . I just generally think we're better, since coming back and working so hard. We bought Rachel a Hammond organ, and since then the sound has come alive and gotten bigger." Not only do Thunder Body's old songs sound different, it has a handful of new ones. And when it goes into the studio to record, it won't be digital, but analog. The band playing direct to tape.
“This was some of the most tripped-out reggae I've ever heard. It was so slow & gooey that it kind of felt like a 'chopped & screwed' version of classic island tunes… a true force of reggae…[Brian Blatt] brought the perfect amount of psychedelic weirdness and pushed this band into a realm that not many bands occupy.”
“The tracks chosen for the band's first soire into the studio world are some of the finest in their live arsenol. "Devour" is one of the best studio tracks I have heard all year!”
“Rochester band Thunder Body serves up one of the deepest grooves you will ever encounter. Clearly a reggae band, Thunder Body takes funk's intensity and blends it with a casual soul aesthetic. It's spine-bending, deep, and joyous. And the band's protracted jams prolong the elation.”