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It feels as if the Irish Indie music scene has never been so strong. With the emergence of the Dublin connection and multiple hard-working smaller Indie labels now stealing the limelight, are we entering a Golden Age for the country's next generation of world-beating hopefuls? Another group which stands out amongst the country's finest are THUMPER, hometown Dublin. Here band member Oisin Leahy Furlong introduces the band, before the all important Third opinion below...
The New EP
The cat on the cover of Magnum Opuss is Smith, who lived in our practice space. The third song on the EP A Minute For Smith is our tribute to him. We haven’t seen the little guy in a while so I hope he’s doing ok.
Rent Is Due
The song is about not wanting your girlfriend to find out that you’re a werewolf. It was one of the first THUMPER songs I wrote actually, around the time of the first EP. I didn’t really mix it properly for this EP so the cymbals sound super harsh on the intro but what can ye do?
The Irish Scene
So much great and eclectic music is happening right now. I feel so blessed to admire the music my friends make just as much as any of the heavy hitters. Check out Joey Gavin, Brendan McGlynn, Vameel, Fangclub, Big Monster Love...too good.
The Stone Roses Hat + €100 Conundrum
I would probably upturn the Stone Roses hat and use it as an ashtray + give the 100 to someone more fun.
We've spoken numerous times about the thumping Irish Indie scene happening right now. THUMPER, in our opinion, can ahead right to the top of the pile amongst other Little L Records classics such as Dr Duloc and Stephen Star. But there's something different going on here. THUMPER isn't one of those Lo-Fi home recorded bands who have got the talent but need the help recording. THUMPER is already there. They are scrappy and loud, and their music deserves nothing else but to be thrashed out and recorded live in the studios. Their new EP release Magnum Opuss depicts this style perfectly.
First of all, check out the first track on the EP and the video Rent Is Due. It's a top thumper of a song indeed. Loud, thrashy, full of squeeks and Jonestown Massacre guitar solos, it represents the heavier side of the band. Important to us, is the importance of melody. So many bands get this wrong. You can't give us the noise and the distortion and everything else that comes with it if you don't have a melody. THUMPER get it, use it, and work it well.
This is seen better than anywhere else on the record with the song Dan The Man. This is their best effort to date. It's calm, collective, clever, and very addictive. The dynamic contrasts throughout the song give it such drive, though it must be said that the verses give this track the edge. Again, the great sense of melody plays into the band's hands perfectly.
The record plays out with the tracks A Minute For Smith and Chimera, two big healthy helpings of thrash Rock and Roll. The former track reminds us greatly of early PAWS, hard and heavy and to the point. The second Chimera takes a slightly different form. The thrash does find it's place once again in the heavier choruses, whereas the verse gives us a totally early 90's American Pavement vibe. It's an interesting end to an interesting EP, which shows a band totally comfortable in their style and their recording process.