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Thundercat is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist / singer Stephen Bruner. The LA native’s latest album, Drunk, is a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy winner and finds a few of his friends joining him along the way including Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus. The album was cited in countless "Best of 2017" lists and was named the "BBC 6 Music Recommends Album of the Year 2017,” with word traveling to late night TV bookers who invited him to perform cuts on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Drunk also found fans in DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of legendary Houston collective The Chopstars, who gave it a surprise chopped-not-slopped treatment in 2017 followed by an official release on purple-soaked vinyl via Brainfeeder in March 2018.

In addition to Drunk, Thundercat has released two other critically acclaimed full length albums on Brainfeeder - The Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011) and Apocalypse (2013) - as well as 2015 mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. He has also made outstanding contributions to landmark albums by Kamasi Washington (The Epic) and Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly and DAMN). His work on TPAB netted him his first Grammy in 2016 for standout track “These Walls”. Aside from his recording prowess he’s come to establish himself as one of the most exciting and virtuosic talents in the live world; in the past year he’s graced major stages like Coachella and Glastonbury as well as high profile slots at the Hollywood Bowl and several global headline runs, including a memorable sold out show at New York’s Irving Park where Dave Chappelle made an impromptu appearance as his hype man.

It's been a long time coming: Bruner 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. His first bass was a black Harmony, and he practiced to the Ninja Turtles soundtrack until pops played him Jaco Pastorius. He joined thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies as a teenager, and spent road and studio time with everyone from Stanley Clarke to Leon Ware, Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu. Eventually the name Thundercat stuck, a reference to the cartoon he’s loved since childhood and an extension of Bruner’s wide-eyed, vibrant, often superhuman approach to his craft.

Photo Credit: Eddie Alcazar


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