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Thunderpussy vs the trademark office

Seattle rock band Thunderpussy are currently embroiled in a battle with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in a case that will see some form of a resolution today, April 15th

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Seattle rock band Thunderpussy are currently embroiled in a battle with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in a case that will see some form of a resolution today, April 15th.

The case surrounds the trademark of the ‘Thunderpussy’ name, which the band want to trademark. The USPTO however, have denied the band the claim on the grounds that the word “pussy” is “immoral” and “scandalous”. These guidelines were set in the Truman-era Lanham Act of 1946, with the USPTO even citing UrbanDictionary(!) as a source for labelling the word “pussy” as “immoral”.

The band are hoping that a Supreme Court case that will be settled today will help resolve this issue for the band. The Supreme Court is ruling on the court case of Iancu v. Brunetti, which sees FUCT clothing brand owner Eric Brunetti fight to keep the name of his clothing brand.

Thunderpussy are also looking at a case a few years ago where Asian-American band The Slants won their right to trademark their name.

In the meantime, Thunderpussy released a cover of the Jefferson Airplane song “Somebody to Love”, a cover the band explains as a way to bridge divide and bring love to the forefront in a time of need;

“At a time when it feels like empathy and compassion are lost and the polarization of thoughts and ideas is paramount, maybe it’s time to stop looking for someone to blame and instead find someone to love.”

The band have also said that their desire to trademark the name, similar to why The Slants trademarked their name, was to take away the negativity of the word, and that their desire “has always been to shed a positive light on a word that has been used in a derogatory manner and seen as a joke or weak. Because it is exactly the opposite – the word pussy is powerful.

Thunderpussy of course aren’t the first rock n’ roll band to use the word. But I’m guessing Nashville Pussy couldn’t care less about trademarks.

Check out Thunderpussy’s cover of “Somebody to Love” below. The band released their self-titled debut album last year on Stardog / Republic Records.

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“Talking Heads” is one of Northlane’s darkest and heaviest songs yet

Northlane have given fans the latest taste of Alien, with their newest single, “Talking Heads.”

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Having been one of Australia’s largest rising heavy acts over the last few years, Northlane’s upcoming album, Alien, understandably has an incredible amount of hype surrounding it. Having been described as their rawest and harshest piece yet, it appears to be a newer and more personal look at Northlane themselves.

The first single, “Bloodline”, showed this effectively through its powerful lyrics, its angrier vocal tones, and its darker sounding instrumentals. Moving on from that, Northlane have given fans the latest taste of Alien, with their newest single, “Talking Heads”.

Having witnessed this song being played live already at Good Things Festival 2018, I was buzzing to wrap my ears around it yet again. Opening with dark digital effects and leading into bouncy deep verses, this nu-metalesque sound is a healthy change for Northlane. Touched on and hinted at in “Bloodline”, “Talking Heads” sees them take this ball and run with it, as the rough husky guitar and bass tones relentlessly grind in the background. This combines with the tough scream vocals and the technical drums to make for a destructive atmosphere filled with power and aggression. 

Inconsistent pacing and a constant shift in tone make for a sense of uncertainty. This supports the mood that the lyrics set, as the frustrated vocals tell a story of isolation, anguish, and torment. The speaker behind the words is trapped in a seemingly never-ending battle with their own mind, they try everything they can to fend them off, but the voices wear them down. The “Talking Heads” run wild on their insides, and shut them down completely as they win the war.

“Talking Heads” is one of Northlane’s darkest and heaviest songs yet, check it out ASAP:

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Strung Out and their Songs of Armor and Devotion

Long-running Simi Valley punks Strung Out have announced a new album titled Songs of Armor and Devotion and have debuted a new track.

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Long-running Simi Valley punks Strung Out have announced a new album and have debuted the new track “Daggers”. Titled Songs of Armor and Devotion, the album will be the band’s 9th studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s Transmission.Alpha.Delta.

Produced by Cameron Webb (Social Distortion, Motorhead), Songs of Armor and Devotion is due out August 9th and will be released by the band’s long-term home Fat Wreck. You can pre-order the new album here and you can check out the new song “Daggers” below.

What of “Daggers”? One of the most enduring qualities of Strung Out is their consistency, in both quality and output. You can listen to Blackhawks of Over Los Angeles, or Agents of the Underground, or dive deep into their much-lauded catalog from the 90s (Suburban Teenage Wasteland Blues and Twisted by Design are forever classics) and see that while so many bands tend to wither away over the years, Strung Out have just gotten stronger. Coated in melodies and Jason Cruz’s unmistakable vocals, the song continues the band’s unrelenting, guitar-driven fury.

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