Irish noise-pop / post-punk sextet THUMPER have released their punchy new single ’25’. The track is the final single from the band’s debut album Delusions of Grandeur, released earlier this year.
Stream/purchase ’25’ here: https://found.ee/25THUMPER
Frontman Oisín Leahy Furlong comments: ‘”25’ is one of the first songs that we ever collaborated on as a unit, and the first time I felt like we had stumbled across a formula that was unique to us. It’s a fairly fretful and existential number, written when I was 24 about turning 25, recorded when I was 27 and released when I was 29… and the cosmic ballet rumbles on…”
’25’ precedes the band’s extensive tour of the UK, Ireland and Europe, which includes an appearance at Reading & Leeds Festival and a number of sold-out shows across Europe.
Delusions of Grandeur Tour 2022:
July 31st 2022: Indiependence Festival
July 31st 2022 All Together Now Festival
24th August 2022 Met Lounge, Peterborough
25th August 2022 : Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester
27th August 2022 : Reading Festival
28th August 2022 : Leeds Festival
2-4th September 2022: Electric Picnic Festival
14th September 2022: Supersonic, Paris
15th September 2022: TRIX, Belgium
18th September 2022: Strom, Munich
19th September 2022: Paradiso, Amsterdam
21st September 2022: Jugendkulturhaus, Wurzberg
22nd September 2022: Cafe Central, Weinheim
23rd September 2022: Reeperbahn Festival, Germany
26th September 2022: ZAKK Halle, Germany
29th September 2022: Poppodium Volt, Netherlands
30th September 2022: Luxor Live, Netherlands
1st October 2022: Hedon, Netherlands
4th October 2022 : The Lexington, London
5th October 2022 : The Green Door Store, Brighton
6th October 2022 : Night & Day, Manchester
12th October 2022 : Cyprus Avenue, Cork
13th October 2022 : Roisin Dubh, Galway
14th October 2022 : Whelan’s, Dublin
15th October 2022 : Kasbah, Limerick
3-5th November 2022: Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik
Delusions Of Grandeur has been championed by notable tastemakers The Line of Best Fit, GoldenPlec, BBC Radio 1 DJ Gemma Bradley and many more. Off the back of their debut album, THUMPER have received UK and international radio airplay on BBC 6Music, Radio X, KEXP and Kink Punt NL, and made TV performances on RTE’s Tommy Tiernan Show and Other Voices.
Stream/purchase Delusions of Grandeur here: https://orcd.co/j4a8pjo
Over the last two years the Dublin six-piece have been developing their sound and building an increasingly passionate fanbase. With a line up of two drummers and three guitarists, THUMPER‘s maximalist wall of sound has long since set them apart in the booming Dublin music scene, and has them “punching like heavyweights alongside Fontaines DC and The Murder Capital” (Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6).
Delusions of Grandeur reveals THUMPER‘s trademark penchant for saccharine melody and unabashed hooks, all the while set against their signature psych-drenched rumble. This harsh juxtaposition of sweet and caustic is where THUMPER thrive.
While Delusions of Grandeur features plenty of homages to classic alt rock such as Weezer, Pixies or The Dandy Warhols, it is also steeped in the influence of contemporaries such as Viagra Boys, King Gizzard, Shame and even Idles at their most psychedelic. At other points the sheer bombastic nature of its production recalls Irish psych alumni My Bloody Valentine on Loveless, or no wave veterans Sonic Youth on Daydream Nation.
Delusions of Grandeur however is not just a statement of musical intent. The LP’s title refers to a struggle of self image, internal and external, and the existential maintenance that all of this implies. Frontman Leahy Furlong‘s visceral and surreal lyrics obsess over the search for the ‘authentic self’ in a medium so steeped in pretentiousness.
This central tension mirrors and challenges the chaos of light and dark in the music itself, as the record continuously swings from light hearted to brutal, keeping the listener hooked the entire time.
While THUMPER remain ‘Cult heroes‘ (Clash Magazine) in Ireland, the six-piece band are no stranger to international touring. They’ve already completed three extensive UK tours, a European tour, supported Fangclub, and appeared at festivals such as Groningen’s Eurosonic Festival (‘My highlight of Eurosonic. Epic! Such a massive, massive sound‘ Abbie McCarthy, BBC Radio 1), and Hamburg’s Mucke Bei Dei Fische.
Oisín Leahy Furlong – Vocals, Guitar
Alan Dooley – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Alex Harvey – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Dav Campbell – Bass, Backing Vocals
Stevie D’Arcy – Drums
Benedict Warner-Clayton – Drums
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