If it’s big tunes, thumping-tribal drums and catchy chorus’s you long for then look no further than the debut album from Stratford-Upon-Avon’s ‘Thumpers’. LP ‘Galore’ receives its official release on the 19th May 2014, via the bands own record label ‘True Say Recordings’ (distributed by Sony Music RED).
Some of you may already be familiar with the current single ‘Galore’. To date it’s been play-listed by XFM, 6Music and Radio 1 and seems to have gained a momentum all to itself. The same can also be said for the band as they continue to grow in popularity based primarily on their live shows (their Hackney Sebright Arms show sold out) and quite delicious arrangements. Band members Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. seem to have a quite unique rapport that has in-turn produced an up-beat debut that grows on you with each listen.
‘Thumpers’ who previously recorded under the name ‘Pull Tiger Tail’, until a split in 2009, have much to be optimistic about. Since their reformation they’ve gained a host of plaudits for their beautifully produced indie-synthpop and have shared the stage with some of the UK’s finest bands, in the shape of CHVRCHES, Slow Club and Two Door Cinema Club. Importantly the album is a continuation, in sound and genre, from the band’s excellent debut single ‘Sound of Screams’ and also offers more than was ever released under their previous guise. This is a so much more accomplished package than the predicable ‘PAWS’ from 2009 and provides the band with their own identity.
Track ‘The Wilder Wise’ is the most impressive on the LP. It’s clever vocal mix and heavy drums ensure it stands out from all around it. It is perfect synth-pop that seems to lend a little from Klaxons while still managing to maintain its own individuality. ‘Running Rope’ slows things down a little and gives you the opportunity to hear the exquisite interaction of both Hamson and Pepperell’s vocals. Such is the layered vocals and instrumentation you have to constantly remind yourself that this is a duo you’re experiencing and not a 4 or 5-piece band.
‘Tame’ is the only disappointment on the album. It simply isn’t as strong as the remainder of the LP and in places sounds a little over-produced (even though the lead guitar towards the end is surprisingly impressive). However, that one track aside, this is a strong debut for a duo giving it another go. There is enough good material here to ensure that this album not only receives welcomed air-play but also sells well. The track-listing for ‘Galore’ is as follows…
2. Dancing’s Done
3. Sound of Screams
4. Unkinder (A Tougher Love)
5. Come on Strong
6. Now We Are Sixteen (ft. Summer Camp)
8. The Wilder Wise
10. Running Rope
11. Together Now
Live, ‘Thumpers’ play with a revolving cast of friends and players, creating a celebratory atmosphere and a feeling that anything could happen. They recently headed out to North America for the first time, including shows at SXSW, and will return to the UK for their May headline tour, as follows:
Thursday May 1st – LIVERPOOL, Sound City
Wednesday May 21st – BRIGHTON, Green Door Store
Friday May 23rd – BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds
Saturday May 24th – SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
Wednesday May 28th – NEWCASTLE, Cluny
Thursday May 29th GLASGOW, King Tuts
Friday May 30th – ST HELENS, Library
Saturday May 31st – NORWICH, Epic Studios
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Download: Running Rope, Galore, The Wilder Wise