groove metal, 8 p.m.
Wilmington, N.C.-based groove metal band Thunderlip ended a long-term hiatus last year after a late-night party session, according to guitarist Johnny Yeagher. It’s been a pretty long time since 2007’s The Prophecy, but the Lip is now well on its way to finishing a third full-length album. Yeagher says that since the break, which started around 2009, the band has gotten more serious. “I think we took our chemistry for granted in the early days,” he explains. “Now we all realize that what we have going on within our infrastructure is rare. We get to record and play rock ‘n’ roll with our best buds.” As Thunderlip takes its time on the new album, the recording process has been killer this go round. They’ve been spending a lot of time on pre-production, something they’ve never done before. “I’m glad we chose to embrace it,” Yaeger says. “We don’t have a deadline to meet, which has taken a lot of stress off of us. In the past we’ve always cut it close with deadlines, which affects the mood of the record. You feel like you have to roll with certain jams just to meet the label’s deadline.” He promises this record will be the best any of them have ever been a part of. This summer, Thunderlip will play a few dates with party monster Andrew W.K. before embarking on a U.S. tour in the fall. —Susan Cohen FRIDAY