Thoughts are Nuclear is a diverse alt/rock act hailing from Atlanta, GA. It's conception started in 2013 with lead vocalist/guitarist, Josh Purgason wanting to bring his acoustic songs to life with a full sound. He immediately recruited life long friend, Matt Hunter on keys/bass & they set out to find a drummer along with a secondary guitarist. The pieces fell into place fairly quickly with the addition of Allen Epperson (drums) & Luke Ethridge (guitar).

The band released a 5 song EP & quickly set out playing shows from hole in the wall establishments to even a shady strip club. After eating a little dirt the band finally got its chance to perform at the Masquerade in Atlanta with major label acts such as Adelitas Way & Failure Anthem. The band also went on to be featured on ATL's Radio105: Locals Only w/ Knox which led to being a special guest for an event the station hosted.

In 2016 the band went on a hiatus due to internal conflicts that could not be resolved. Josh Purgason pursued a solo career which led to performances on NBC Atlanta & Company along with CBS The Dish with his indie single Airwaves. The very end of 2020 led to Thoughts are Nuclear getting back together with a tiny bit of line-up change.

All the original members remained in the reformation minus Luke Ethridge. A tiny bit of musical chairs took place with Matt Hunter jumping to keys/secondary guitar & recruiting Maurice Cooley on bass. As of June 2021 the band went from a quartet to a 5-piece with the addition of Paul Garrett on guitar (allowing Josh to focus more on front man duties & added acoustic). Within 5 months of the band being back together they have opened for major label artists suck as The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus & Rehab.  Thoughts are Nuclear's sound is rooted in many influences ranging from QOTSA, Foo Fighters, Our Lady Peace, Twenty One Pilots, The Used & Third Eye Blind. The band is lasered focused on prepping for new music, shows and and becoming a mainstay in the ears of listeners. 



Josh Purgason


Allen Epperson



Maurice Cooley

Bass Guitar


Matt Hunter



Paul Garrett








Kit Forshee Artist &

Music Management

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Email: thoughtsarenuclear@gmail.com