Thumper are becoming the 20’s ‘Slipknot’- a band that we heard about distinguishing characteristic before we’d heard anything about their sound. With Slipknot it was nightmare inducing masks, but with THUMPER it was the name coupled with the promise of two drumkits which was our first introduction. We were sceptical of what could have been a gimmick in an overcrowded streaming world, but with impeccable production we get it… and, we love it. With musical intrigue over we had to dive into the mind of THUMPER’s ringleader Oisin Furlong to piece together more about the fascinating 5 piece.
Hi Thumper, how are you? Ad Nauseam is about to drop in the world, how are the band feeling right now?
About to head out on our biggest tour of the UK and Europe yet, and finally get to release this new single. Spirits are high.
The new track Ad Nauseam literally means arguing to the point of nausea- can you give us the background of the track? And how did you come to learn of this phrase?
This is one of those songs that came out almost fully formed in one sitting. Not sure where I heard the phrase first but I regurgitated it pretty willingly. It’s probably one of the more literal songs we’ve written, and there’s a certain enjoyment in being so direct.
Last May you dropped Out Of Body Auto-Message as a 5 track with In My Room as a single. This was our piece of Thumper that was more than just a one track release, how does Ad Nauseam fit into Thumper’s discography? Will Ad Nauseam become part of a bigger piece of work?
Ad Nauseam is a taste of whats to come, and there’s much more material lined up to whet your appetite as well.
We’re led to believe that you play with 2 drummers, is that correct? And is that just live or is there drum tracks on record?
Always two drummers, always.
How did this come about? There must have been the first point there were two suitable drummers, who was the first person to suggest having them both? And how did the whole band feel about it?
“Even in the first incarnation of the ‘live’ THUMPER band there were two drummers…it just seemed like what the music needed.”
THUMPER originally started out as a solo project. I released some tapes around Dublin and ended up forming a band to play the songs at some festivals and it just kept going. But even in the first incarnation of the ‘live’ THUMPER band there were two drummers. I get asked about this a lot and to be honest I didn’t overthink it at the time – it just seemed like what the music needed.
Your sound both musically and in production is of one of those bands that manages to dangle in the camp that can appease to a variety of music fans. How did this come about and how intentional was it? Where does this sound reflect in terms of musical upbringings?
“[With THUMPER we] try to push the harsh noise elements as far as we could, while retaining as much of a pop sensibility as possible.”
The initial concept for the band was that it would be a “noise-pop” band. Meaning that we would try to push the harsh noise elements as far as we could, while retaining as much of a pop sensibility as possible. A bit of dichotomy really.
Although we’ve strayed a little bit away from that over time, the initial intention is still there. I suppose that, combined with the individual tastes of six members means that we don’t fit too easily into any one category.
We’ve read that there’s a link with Thumper and the TV show Made In Chelsea, was your music featured in the background or were you featured? We have little knowledge of the show, but we’re led to believe you’re not there ‘usual’ type- do explain?
Our music was used in the opening scene of one of their episodes. Made in Chelsea is a reality show, one that none of us have ever watched. I don’t think any of us even saw the episode we were in. But the idea of having “In My Room” in the background of a show like that was hilarious. Although the song blew up on Spotify afterwards, so if people found us through that show then that’s fine. Each to their own, who are we to judge?
With the new year well and truly over we want to know all THUMPER plans for 2020?
“We have lots of new music lined up and loads of festivals and tours planned so you won’t be short of any opportunity to catch us.”
So far this year we have been writing and recording non-stop (with a brief stop at Eurosonic in Netherlands, and Molotow in Hamburg) but are now about to embark on our biggest tour of the UK and Europe yet. Beyond that we have lots of new music lined up and loads of festivals and tours planned so you won’t be short of any opportunity to catch us.
Lastly touring bands get first hand to see the next generation of bands coming up, what bands are catching your attention on the tour scenes right now?
In Ireland we’re loving Silverbacks, Autre Monde and Junior Brother. We caught Bad Nerves and Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs at ESNS and they were great too.