“Thumpers make a lush, fragmented, majestic sort of indie-pop, one that bends shoegaze toward buoyant electro-pop” – Stereogum

2013 saw Thumpers release their first three magnificent singles, tour with Everything Everything, CHVRCHES and sign to Sub Pop in North America for their debut album. Additionally, they played over 15 festivals including Reading & Leeds, performed live sessions for Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and 6Music’s Lauren Laverne as well as being playlisted on Radio 1’s Introducing.

This year looks to be no less exciting, already tipped by the likes of VEVO, Transmitter, The Line of Best Fit, Independent on Sunday, Fake DIY and Amazing Radio, the duo now confirm their next single ‘Galore’ will be released on 24th February through True Say Recordings.

Recently premiered by Radio 1’s Phil & Alice – as well as being chosen as their Record of the Week – ‘Galore’ is another slice of the colourful, exuberant alt-pop that Thumpers are becoming known for.

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Watch the video for ‘Galore’ below:

Plus support from CUT RIBBONS

From the musical hotspot of Llanelli, and having released two singles to date through Barely Regal and Kissability, Cut Ribbons will be supporting Thumpers.

Their track ‘Paper Shields’ has recently been played on Radio 1’s Introducing List and they have had a great response from new track ‘In the Rain’.

Having played festivals like Reading and Leeds, Boardmasters, and SWN and supported the likes of The Joy Formidable and Dry The River, we cannot wait to see what they bring to Hare & Hounds.

Cut Ribbons Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘In The Rain’ below:

Plus support from FIELD HARMONICS 

Field Harmonics is the new solo project of Midlands-based multi-instrumentalist Robert Glover, who is also one half of ambient pop experimentalists epic45 and co-founder of the Wayside and Woodland record label. Taking musical influence from 80s synth-pop and electronica, ‘Walls’ is an astonishingly effective blend of pulsing electronic pop and dreamlike ambience.

The music here occupies the place where the Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode and Boards Of Canada meet, reflecting a love for the pop music of his childhood and the mysterious electronica that emerged throughout the 90s. The album is crammed with soaring warm analogue melodies over which Glover pours his heart out, evoking the passionate atmosphere of indie dance floors everywhere and the bands close to his childhood heart: New Order, Human League, OMD, Tears For Fears and Soft Cell.

Field Harmonics will be playing extensively in the UK and Europe during 2014, after successful appearances with Still Corners (Sub Pop), Lapalux (Brainfeeder) and 80s synthpop pioneers Visage.

Field Harmonics Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Listen to ‘Everyone’ below:

And with opening support from ARC VEL

Described as ‘one of the most exciting sonic experimenters to come out of Birmingham for some time’ by Midlands promoters Colour, Arc Vel’s explorative electronica is touched by elements of hip hop, world, post rock and house music. An inherent warmth and instinctiveness fills his sound which is realised by his creative use of field recordings, unique synth sounds, live instrumentation and his application of intricate and often off kilter- rhythms.

Recently, after some time away working on live shows supporting artists such as Ulrich Schnauss, Baths, Gang Colours and Martin Creed as well as opening the Boyd and Evans exhibition at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Arc Vel released his debut album ‘Orrery’ through experimental independent First Fold Records. ‘God is in the TV’ commented, ‘Best viewed in an after hours setting ‘orrery’ provides for a gloriously Technicolor headphonic trip, the melodies smooth, sleek and spacious …whose application of mood, atmosphere and ear candy arrangements appears second to none.’

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Watch the video for ‘Alpaca’ below: