Thunder Announce New Album

Thunder, have announced a brand new album, Dopamine, out on 29th April 2022, as well as unveiling the first single lifted from it, “The Western Sky”.

Dopamine is Thunder’s first ever double-album, and consists of 16 tracks – something that is resonant with the album’s themes.

“’We didn’t set out to make a double album but as the writing and recording process went on we wandered into some interesting areas and then it became a case of ‘can we afford to leave any of this off?’ In the end we did reduce it from 20 tunes to 16 but it wasn’t an easy choice,” guitarist, songwriter and Thunder co-founder Luke Morley says.

Dopamine was inspired by the world’s mass retreat to social media during the pandemic lockdowns, endlessly hunting for the next hit of happy hormones.

“I read a fascinating article by an American psychologist,” says Luke, “who said that social media forces us to become dopamine addicts. We’re validated and liked on social media, which releases the dopamine – and so we get addicted to it. We take more and more selfies in the hope of more and more validation, and the album cover reflects this. People are surrounded by amazing things that they’re missing because they’re so self-obsessed. Of course, you’ll have to get your hands on the physical album to see all of the amazing things I’m referring to.”

The new single and first taste of the album, ‘The Western Sky” shows that despite the rallying against instant gratification, sound-wise Thunder are as immediate as ever.