The debut release from thumpR is a tour-de-force of fusion featuring Simon Jeans on guitar, Dane Alderson on bass and Andy Fisenden on drums.
Throughout this seven-track offering of well-written instrumentals, the trio rock out (Sneaky), funk it up (opening track Feline), execute some brilliant syncopated and odd-time sequences (the impressive Showtime!), take exciting and well-constructed solo spots, and even find space to lay back and let the song do the talking on tracks such as Jus’ Wonderin’, which unexpectedly features acoustic guitar and slide melodies.
Colouring of the sonic palette via earthy and old-school effects both on guitar and bass is a welcome inclusion in the band’s approach, adding an acid rock vibe to proceedings which accentuates just how unique a product thumpR have created.
The production (handled by the incredible Rob Agostini at Soundbaker) is powerful and organic; each instrument has retained its unique voice and space within the mix.
Fisenden and Alderson lay down the grooves in a fashion well and truly worthy of their growing national and international reputations, while guitarist and band leader Simon Jeans’ performance – whether he’s funking out, navigating intricate melodic passages, or firing in lightning-fast licks – is nothing short of world class.