With touring on hold, THUMPER have spent their time in the studio writing and recording, as well as hosting live streams on social media for their fans with the support from Culture Ireland, IMRO and First Music Contact. With new single Topher Grace out The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss the new music and revised plans for the year.

TF: You have a new single out, what inspired you to title it Topher Grace?

Initially when I was working on the song I named it Topher Grace as a joke, in lieu of an actual title. I intended to go back and change it but never did, and when I brought it to the band they never questioned the title. Eventually I forgot it was even a person’s name and was only reminded when I started doing interviews. Gorillaz have Clint Eastwood, Weezer have Buddy Holly, and now we have Topher Grace. It’s not too much of a stretch to say that the song sounds kind of like a combination of those two songs I suppose. 

TF: How would you sum it up in one sentence? 

An obnoxiously long and self indulgent song about being obnoxious and self indulgent.

TF: Who do you look to and idolise when it comes to influences?

For this song I purposefully stripped away a lot of the melodic elements that usually populate our songs, and replaced them with a more considered approach to performance. For this I looked to The Fall, The Bad Seeds and even LCD Soundsystem or Leonard Cohen. Singers whose delivery meant as much to the music as the content of what they were saying. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?

With months of touring pulled from underneath us, we’re pouring ourselves back into the studio. We’re writing and recording with the same energy that we would have been putting into our live shows. So there’s plenty more music to come this year, and when the gates are open to perform again – we’ll be doing that too.