THUMPER have confirmed their 2020 UK tour, taking the sextet from Glasgow to Brighton throughout February and March. The band have also released with their pop grunge single, (You’re Bring Me) Down. so The Fountain caught up with the Irish band to discuss their plans in more detail.

TF: You have a new single out, that must be exciting? 

It’s always exciting to get new music out into the world because the gestation period can be so long – between writing, recording and finally getting to release. 

TF: And what has been the reception been like to Down, can you elaborate on what inspired the crux of it?

The reception has been great.  This song has been such a staple of our live show for so long, it’s fun knowing people get to take it home with them now.
It was great to finally get the music video out as well, which was made by an amazing animator based in Iowa called Joshua De Lanoit. 

TF: And how do you feel this differs from previous releases?

A big inspiration for this song was a gig that we went to in Dublin. It was Patti Smith, with Ariel Pink and Spiritualized. We were fairly familiar with Patti and Ariel, but were not expecting the incredible extended drone jams that came out of Spiritualized. It was a real sea change in our process – we did a total 180′ from trying to make our songs as concise as possible, to trying to explore repetition and dynamic in a much more focused way. 

TF: Can we look forward to seeing you live soon, touring with it anytime soon, particularly here in Scotland?

This February we return for our biggest UK tour yet – starting off with our first ever Scottish gig in the Hug & Pint in Glasgow on February 24th. 

TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?

We’ve had the opportunity to play in a lot of new places this year. Primavera in Barcelona was a big highlight, as was Other Voices festival in the West of Ireland. Butbeing greeted in cities we’ve never been before, by fans who know the words to our songs – that never gets old.