- 16 Mar 22
Dublin rockers’ debut is a knock-out.
As you might expect from a band with two drummers and three guitarists, THUMPER don’t do anything by halves.
They know how to make a powerful racket – and they do. The Dublin-based outfit’s long-awaited debut album can only strengthen that burgeoning reputation: it is one of the most ambitious and arresting records you’ll hear all year. It is a bit of a magnum opus too: there’s the guts of an hour’s music to savour, featuring a fistful of exhilarating songs, and plenty of THUMPER-style knock-out blows.
I know, comparisons only take you so far – but they can help paint a picture. THUMPER's DNA has elements of Rated R-era QOTSA (‘Fear Of Art’), The Hives (‘Ad Nauseam’) and The Wildhearts (‘The Loser’) – but ultimately, the beauty of it is that Delusions Of Grandeur is its own, singular beast. Combining millennial angst and compulsive, turbo-driven guitar, THUMPER are at their best when they let their psych-tinged epics breathe – as they do on the brilliant one-time single, ‘Topher Grace’.
Don’t take my word for it. Delusions Of Grandeur is a record that rewards repeated plays. By the sixth time around, I realised that the speaker-shaking ‘25’ is a real game-changer. And it is not the only one here.
So give it time. The rewards will be manifold.
Out March 18 via EMMS.
Read the Hot Press interview with THUMPER in this month's issue.
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