This fantasy of "pretty children sharpening their blades," finds Wild Beasts plotting a violent uprising against the selfish old guard. The band's Tom Fleming told NME: "It's a response to the world we're leaving to our children, with people in part consolidating positions. I have this fantasy about them destroying their parents."
The violent rebellion imagines Jesus Christ as a vengeful female: "I always thought that story made a lot more sense with a woman cast in that role, the bottom of the pile," Fleming told NME. "She's treated terribly, and then this woman takes revenge."
Vocalist Hayden Thorpe explained to DIY magazine that the song is, "about how callous we can be." He added: "And it then asks questions about our future. I see the song as apocalyptic in a sense. It's very much tapping into the anxiety of the now; that sense of unknowing and a sense of doom. We know enough today to be aware of where we're heading - it's the beginning of the end, if that sounds awful."
"Our current way of being is unstable," Thorpe continued. "The lyrics 'all the pretty children sharpening their blades' is incredibly sinister in that sense."
Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part for "Thuderstruck" by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. He learned the studio trick from his older brother George Young, who was the rhythm guitarist for The Easybeats.