Marcus Pepperell and John Hamilton Jr from of-the-moment indie outfit, Thumpers discuss their individual track influences with The 405, including Masato Nakamuro, Smashing Pumpkins and Blondie.

Thumpers' EP Unkinder is out now on Transgressive Records, details can be found here.


Unit Four Plus Two - 'Concrete and Clay'

I first heard this song in Rushmore and instantly loved it. There's such a great looseness to the rhythm of the whole song; it's almost shambling in a really uplifting way. But the structure is also so so tight and the lyric is just this crazy concise image of eternal love. I love that about great 50s & 60s pop songs. They're so stuffed full of rhythm and melody ideas but none of this ever gets in the way. It's still all about these awesome wilfully naive love statements. The combination just makes your heart swell. It's something that mainstream pop never seems to want to do anymore and I have no idea why.

Smashing Pumpkins - 'Vieuphoria'

This film was such a big deal for me. There are a load of insanely powerful Siamese Dream-era gigs on there. It was the atmosphere of the whole thing too, though. No one else made being in a band look so goddamned stormy. You can't watch any part for more than three minutes without noticing the in-band fighting. Or the joking. Or the joke-fighting. It is so intense; and that was exactly what I loved about it. The distance between the awkwardness of the band's members and the power of them onstage together.

John Hamilton Jr

Blondie - 'Atomic'

This has got to be one of the most perfect alt pop songs ever. Just has everything, and whenever you hear it on a big soundsystem it just knocks you out. we're big fans of the one line chorus, the type that sneak up on you, and the "oooooohhhhh you're hair is beautiful tonight" is probably the best example of that ever. just so subtle, yet so powerful.

Masato Nakamura - 'Sonic One and Two'

At the moment I'm kind of obsessing over the times when I was first exposed to music growing up and how it forms the basis to a lot of my musical understanding. Amongst the usual things you get exposed to at a young age like parents record collections and film soundtracks, playing Sonic One and Two on the megadrive was a pretty big deal. it has such simple but massively melodic music and I remember I ended up basically singing words over the top of it and writing these crap little songs. I like how each piece of music is tailored to the level you're on and the mood it has to have. Masato Nakamura did all the music on those early sonic games and basically nailed it every time. very inspirational. think he's now pretty important in the J-Pop scene.