Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, bassist, JOVM mainstay and highly respected and much in-demand artist, who has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, N.E.R.D., Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Childish Gambino, Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak, Janelle Monáe, BADBADNOTGOOD. Moses Sumney, Micheal McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Travis Scott, Little Simz, Louis Cole, Shabazz Palaces, and his longtime collaborator Flying Lotus.
Kevin Parker is a highly-acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, best known as the creative mastermind behind the Aussie-based JOVM mainstay outfit Tame Impala. He has released four Gold-certified full-length albums, 2010’s InnerSpeaker, 2012’s Lonerism, 2015’s Currents and 2020’s The Slow Rush, making him one of the most commercially successful and perhaps influential artists of the past decade. Additionally, as a songwriter and producer, Parker has collaborated with The Weeknd, SZA, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Gorillaz, Mark Ronson, Kali Uchis, 070 Shake, Miguel, A$AP Rocky and a growing list of others.
The two JOVM mainstays have finally teamed up for “No More Lies,” the first new bit of material from Thundercat since 2020’s It Is What It Is. The new single is a slick synthesis of the pair’s remarkably complementary styles: Parker’s dense layers of twinkling and cascading synths are paired with Bruner’s wobbling wah-wah pedaled bass lines and skittering beats and the duo’s unerring knack for catchy hooks serving as a silky bed for the duo to trade verses lamenting a doomed relationship that they’ve royally fucked up — and for which Bruner takes responsibility The song culminates with a monologue from the bassist questioning the old adage of honesty being the best policy in relationships. You may tell the truth because you care about someone, but on occasion you might have to lie someone because you care.
“I’ve wanted to work with Kevin since the very first Tame Impala album,” Bruner says. “I feel that I knew that us working together would be special. I’ve been excited about this song for a long time and hope to create more with Kevin in the future.”
The new single arrives ahead of a huge string of tour dates for the JOVM mainstay, who will play dates with Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Strokes before heading to Australia, Asia and Europe later this summer.