Thumpers’ debut deals solely in the kind of densely layered, shimmering guitar pop that begs to be enjoyed outdoors in good company, so hats off to the in-house record label meteorologists who picked the release date for this one. Sometimes the thick blankets of effects laid on everywhere tuck Thumpers’ melodies in a little too tightly, but when they’re allowed to breathe, the results can be quite splendid. Single ‘Unkinder (A Tougher Love)’ in particular sounds like its lungs are full of fresh, seaside air, and a few more tunes of the calibre of Galore could see them headlining the festivals for which this stuff is so clearly written.
BUY: Thumpers – Galore
LIVE: Scala – May 22nd