Live at Stubb’s Amphitheater in Austin, Texas

Words & Photos by Kevin Kim

October 24th, 2023

We all have that one friend who picks up an instrument and can’t help but share every development in their musical journey. It sounds awful, but all we can do is sit and listen to the dissonant songs and participate in the random conversations in between. Now imagine that one friend is Thundercat, and he’s absolutely shredding on the bass with an incredible light show and band to support him.                                                                                                                                

Doors opened at 7:00 PM and Zach Fox opened the stage at 8:00 PM, performing his energetic, yet laid-back discography. The crowd loved his funny and at times, eccentric, monologues in between songs. Fox ended with his biggest hit, “Jesus Is The Way (I Got Depression)” and of course, his most iconic quote, “I’ma dip my balls into some thousand island dressin’; ‘Cause I got depression.”

The stage was pitch black as Thundercat finally stepped on and the air was thick with tension as fans eagerly waited for the first note. Instead of a dramatic intro, they were greeted with small talk and a nonchalant musician as he simultaneously chatted with the audience and turned his six string bass. The intimate relationship between the audience and Thundercat was maintained throughout the whole set as Thundercat shared stories and fun facts about his life, such as his love for anime, his first time in Japan, and his relationship with artists like Steve Lacy, Childish Gambino, Snoop Dogg, and Suicidal Tendancies. 

Fans matched his energy, meowing along during “A Fan’s Mail” and starting a dance party during “Funny Thing”. Thundercat’s supporting band, Dennis on the keys and Justin on the drums, delivered an amazing performance and likewise received plenty of love from the fans. The visuals were psychedelic with dynamic lights and Thundercat’s signature lasers illuminating the night. Thundercat closed with “Them Things”, bringing Zach Fox back out to join him to hype up the crowd. He attempted to hide backstage before his encore before quickly realizing that the Stubb’s stage did not have anywhere for him to go. Thundercat went straight into his final song, “No More Lies”, giving the fans one last chance to jump with him before ending the show.

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