Thumpers first has it sights set firmly on the mainstream
London duo Thumpers feature former Pull Tiger Tail frontman Marcus Pepperell and sometime Friendly Fires member John Hamson Jr. The pair have also toured with Chvrches, and their debut album ‘Galore’ shares the pop ideals and mainstream ambitions of all three of those bands. The pointedly anthemic choruses on ‘Dancing’s Done’ and ‘Sound Of Screams’ feel like an open letter to Radio 1 playlist chiefs to forget about Bastille and give Thumpers a go instead. But with ‘Tame’ and the Summer Camp-featuring ‘Now We Are Sixteen’, they sound too pristine and over-eager. Though the undeniably catchy ‘Unkinder (A Tougher Love)’ is a highlight, this is an album that sounds like a follower, not a leader. Too often, Thumpers fall flat.