Thundercat celebrates the 10th anniversary of his debut album The Golden Age of Apocalypse with an incredible deluxe vinyl edition for RSD Black Friday on 26th November. Brainfeeder, the LA-based record label founded by Flying Lotus, salutes the 10th anniversary of Thundercat’s mercurial debut album from 2011 – The Golden Age of Apocalypse – with a luxurious deluxe vinyl edition comprising a translucent red LP housed in a beautiful shiny gold mirri board sleeve with a large Thundercat logo hologram sticker and gold rainbow holofoil detail. The track listing includes two bonus tracks: “$200 TB” and “Daylight (Reprise).” The LP will be exclusively available in record stores for RSD Black Friday on 26th November 2021.
Recently, Thundercat dropped in on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week to perform “Dragonball Durag” from his GRAMMY-winning album It Is What It Is. Watch the performance here. He is currently on the road on his biggest North American headline tour to date – 30 shows including two nights at Terminal 5 in NYC and a homecoming show at Shrine Expo Hall in LA. 2022 will see Thundercat touring the UK and Europe in March/April before joining Red Hot Chili Peppers on their arena tour next summer. Tickets are here.
The Golden Age of Apocalypse wasn’t simply the record that introduced Stephen Bruner as an unrivalled talent and creative force to the world in 2011. It also represented the genesis of a close-knit, localised movement that won global recognition. Executively produced by Thundercat’s longtime musical partner Flying Lotus, the album features an insanely talented crop of young Los Angelians and kindred spirits. Among them, fellow Young Jazz Giants: Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves and Ronald Bruner Jr, the quartet with whom Thundercat cut his teeth; the brilliant pianist Austin Peralta (who tragically passed away in 2012), Brandon Coleman, Taylor Graves, Hadrien Féraud and Oliver Johnson (Dorian Concept). Serving as a catalyst, the release of The Golden Age of Apocalypse inspired and galvanized Bruner’s peers to release their own albums, perhaps most notably Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic” (2015), the record that re-focused worldwide attention on the sheer wealth of jazz talent in LA.
Testament to Bruner’s standing amongst his elders in his hometown, The Golden Age of Apocalypse also features ShafiqHusayn and Om’Mas Keith of Sa-Ra Creative Partners – bastions of progressive soul, hip-hop and R&B in LA in the 2000s – plus God-like drummer Chris “Daddy” Dave, Brook “D’Leau” Davis (J*Davey) and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. And let’s not forget the Queen, Erykah Badu, who casually contributes vocals to the classic “Walkin.”
Universally acclaimed for its enthusiastic fusion and adventurous spirit, The Golden Age of Apocalypse embraced a future-facing and carefree attitude that came hand-in-hand with the assembled cast’s collective vision. However, they retained a healthy respect and reverence for the pioneers of progressive popular music who came before: from George Duke and Herbie Hancock to Jaco Pastorius. A decade on from its original release, the record is still a “densely layered, expertly played, genre-crossing marvel” (Pitchfork).
Thundercat found his instrument at the age of 4. That made him a late-bloomer in the house of Ronald Bruner, Sr., who drummed with the Temptations among others. He joined thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as a teenager, and has spent road and studio time with everyone from Stanley Clarke and Herbie Hancock to N.E.R.D., Travis Scott, HAIM, and Ariana Grande.
Bruner is a cornerstone of the Brainfeeder Records label having released all four of his albums – The Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011), Apocalypse (2013), Drunk (2017), and It Is What It Is (2020). His most recent record It Is What It Is won Best Progressive R&B Album at 63rd GRAMMY Awards and featured musical contributions from his friends Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole, Pedro Martins and Zack Fox. The record was produced by Thundercat and his longtime musical partner Flying Lotus who was GRAMMY-nominated in “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical” for his work on the album.
The name Thundercat is a reference to the cartoon he’s loved since childhood and an extension of his wide-eyed, vibrant, often superhuman approach to his craft. In 2020 things came full circle when Bruner voiced a character (and penned a song) named “Grune the Destroyer” in Cartoon Network’s Thundercats Roar animated series.
Tickets to Thundercat’s North American Tour HERE
Thundercat Tour Dates
July 31, 2021 Sat. Omaha, NE Maha Music Festival
August 8, 2021 Sun. San Francisco, CA Stern Grove Festival
August 26, 2021 Thu. Salt Lake City, UT Twilight Concert Series
September 12, 2021 Sun. Chicago, IL Pitchfork Music Festival
October 24, 2021 Sun. Orlando, FL The Plaza Live
October 26, 2021 Tue. Jacksonville, FL Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
October 27, 2021 Wed. Tampa, FL Jannus Live
October 28, 2021 Thu. New Orleans, LA The Joy Theater
October 30, 2021 Sat. Austin, TX To Be Announced
October 31, 2021 Sun. Atlanta, GA The Eastern
November 2, 2021 Tue. Washington, DC 9:30 Club
November 4, 2021 Thu. Philadelphia, PA The Fillmore
November 6, 2021 Sat. New York, NY Terminal 5
November 7, 2021 Sun. Boston, MA House of Blues
November 10, 2021 Wed. Montreal, QC MTELUS
November 14, 2021 Sun. St. Paul, MN Palace Theater
November 16, 2021 Tue. St. Louis, MO The Pageant
November 17, 2021 Wed. Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
November 19, 2021 Fri. Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Downstairs
November 20, 2021 Sat. Dallas, TX House Of Blues Dallas
November 23, 2021 Tue. Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
November 27, 2021 Sat. Los Angeles, CA Shrine Expo Hall
November 30, 2021 Tue. Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
December 3, 2021 Fri. Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
December 4, 2021 Sat. Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
December 5, 2021 Sun. Boise, ID Knitting Factory Boise
December 11, 2021 Sat. Toronto, ON History