THUMPERS Turn Teenage Nostalgia into Joyous Deeply Layered Indie Pop
When childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. formed THUMPERS, they were in need of a musical escape.
Courtesy Photo THUMPERS: Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr.
One dumped, the other fired from his previous band, the London-based duo started putting together songs in pieces, working toward a deeply layered indie-pop that fits somewhere between the Polyphonic Spree and Animal Collective, with reviewers leaning to descriptions like exuberant, majestic and candy-colored.
"When I was away playing with other bands, Marcus had tried moving abroad with his girlfriend and that fell apart and he found himself back in our hometown. He was stuck amiss, where we felt like we were stuck as teenagers. And then I was fired by a band," Hamson says. "The initial thing was escaping being in a bad place. We went through the process of licking our wounds and it was a way to use music to escape these situations we found ourselves in suddenly."
Led by the singles "Sound of Screams" and "Unkinder (A Tougher Love)." Galore is a joyous rush of an album, brash and full-blooded, about growing up and the euphoria of new things.
"That's what its about, using nostalgia, talking about the first times you do stuff, going out and causing trouble as a teenager, remembering those moments that are so overwhelming," Hamson says. "We wanted to have this sort of naivety to the record that fits in with the lyrical content. I'm a real fan of when bands do that, when the lyrics and the sound are so linked up. Radiohead does that constantly, that marriage of the lyric and how the music sounds."
Now on their first U.S. tour, Pepperell (vocals, guitars, pianos, keyboards) and Hamson (vocals, bass, drums) grew up together in Warwickshire, two hours north of London.
"Marcus and I have known each other since we were 11 years old. We learned our instruments together and we had a history of playing in terrible punk bands and driving round our hometown playing gigs. Those early experiences forged friendships and made us want to spend a life doing this together," Hamson says.