OUT 28th SINGLE REVIEW: Thumper’s ‘Ad Nauseam’ attacks your skull with its harmonious cataclysmic chaos.


With a name like Thumper and a line up which features 2 drummers we kind of felt we knew what we were in for when the new single dropped in our inbox. An upon Google searching the tracks title we learned that Ad Nauseam is the Latin term for arguing to the point of nausea- this was never going to be a crooning ballad.

“Put simply, it’s hard not to like Thumper with their gutsy riffs, quality production and sing-along vocals-Thumper are living their best lives!”

Post-punk is the ‘in’ sound now, and as much as we love it (and cover a lot here on our webspace) Thumper remind us that there is room in the market for more than just middle class angular guitar playing art kids. In the way that bands such as Wolfmother have done Thumper are broadly speaking a rock band, but the fuzzed up garage production and catchy hooked will appeal to most guitar music fans- even hipster indie kids. Put simply, it’s hard not to like Thumper with their gutsy riffs, quality production, and sing-along vocal- Thumper are living their best lives!

“[The outro/chorus features] multiple lead guitars fighting for attention at the same time all backed by the harmonious chaos of two sets of cataclysmic drums- fuck yes!”

Thumper’s brilliance and downfall is it’s simplicity, but when dissected further we concluded it’s actually it’s brilliance. Thumper play smashing riffs to throw your head around to which generically is an easy thing to do, but not many can construct riffs that are actually memorable. For every AC/DC there are a million bands that played in pubs and never voyaged further than that. Thumper push us to affirm our own conclusion with their middle 8. Until this point in the track its been the standard verse/chorus set up, but when the middle 8 hits it strips back to basic before thundering in with an outro/chorus with multiple lead guitars fighting for attention at the same time all backed by the harmonious chaos of two sets of cataclysmic drums- fuck yes!

9/10

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31

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Tour Dates

24/02/20 – The Hug & Pint – Glasgow

25/02/20 – Oporto, Leeds

27/02/20 – Night People, Manchester

28/02/20 – Network 2, Sheffield

29/02/20 – Dead Wax, Birmingham

02/03/20 – The Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes

03/03/20 – The Anvil, Bournemouth

04/03/20 – The Crofters Rights, Bristol

05/03/20 – The Islington, London

06/03/20 – The Boileroom, Guildford

07/03/20 – Patterns, Brighton