STUMPS have shared their second single for 2020, ‘Mt. Pleasant’. The track comes with a rather heartwarming music video, where band members have a night out together – watch it below:
The track is named after a street which bassist Merrick grew up on, and not the town in the Adelaide Hills. There are, however, many areas called Mount Pleasant in Australia.
“The street is at the top of quite a daunting hill, and it served as a metaphor for the seemingly unreachable summit of self-love I was, and still am, striving for,” singer Kyle Fisher explained.
“I wanted the lyrics to be as open to interpretation as possible and looking back, I feel this somewhat allowed me to be more open than I intended…They came during a particularly drunken, self-loathing night where the idea of self-love seemed an unattainable paradise.”
STUMPS have also added a third Sydney show to their east coast tour, for October 8 at Oxford Art Factory. The tour is set to kick off in Melbourne at The Grace Darling on September 26, COVID restrictions permitting.
‘Mt. Pleasant’ is the second single from the band released this year, following ‘Mouth Static’ in March.
In a press statement upon release, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist Kyle Fisher described the song as “the plea against love expressed through physical contribution”.
“[T]he concept that material gifts can band-aid problems in relationships, typically deteriorating ones,” he said. “For us, there is no better hackneyed metaphor to use for this sentiment other than laying out the rose petals.”