Just months after romantic first single Smiles Don’t Lie romped to success, spawning sold-out headline gigs in every town on the tour, and proving a crowd favourite at Thundamentals’ 2013 festival appearances — Sprung Festival, Southbound and Falls Festival — the Sydney trio are back in full force.
Having just announced, in a triple j exclusive, a massive run of dates to celebrate the [seriously] long-awaited release of third album So We Can Remember, out Friday May 2 through Obese Records, Thundamentals present second single Something I Said feat. Thom Crawford to stave off some of the anticipation.
Safe to say So We Can Remember will be lovingly welcomed by the trio’s fans — ‘Thundakats’ — who have been waiting patiently since 2011 for a follow up to the group’s second record Foreverlution; a release that saw Thundamentals’ first entries in both the ARIA and the AIR Charts: #19 on ARIA Australian Charts, #17 on ARIA Urban Charts and #3 on the AIR Charts.
Fans came out in force for So We Can Remember lead single Smiles Don’t Lie, creating a #5 debut on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts, and voting the love song into position #32 in triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown – the highest position gained by a local hip hop song for the entire year and Thundamentals’ second appearance in the nationally-celebrated radio event. The accompanying Tarantino-esque film clip did alright for itself too, clocking up nearly 385,000 views on YouTube, grabbing both Channel V and Rage TV’s ‘Clip Of The Week’ upon release with viewers of the latter getting ‘Smiles…’ to #44 on the publicly voted Rage TV ‘Best Clips Of 2013’[the only local hip hop track to make the cut], along with a nomination for the ‘Best Music Video’ at the triple j awards, and two wins for Best Hip-Hip Music Video Australia 2013 and Best Independent Music Video NSW 2013 in The Australian Independent Music Video Awards 2013.
The much-loved Blue Mountains via Newtown hip hop trio now, with second single Something I Said feat. Thom Crawford, flick fans another curve ball continuing their tendency to parallel light and dark in their compositions: while MCs Tuka and Jeswon lyrically level rolled eyes at childish gossips, DJ Morgs drops in the ruckus of kids’ playgrounds to drive it home, layering old school beats with a triumphant horn section, handclaps and cute, bouncing, piano to underscore Oscar nominee Thom Crawford’s lamenting, soulful vocal in a song destined to be a crowd favourite on the album tour.
Getting across as much of the country as possible, Thundamentals are touring So We Can Remember as part of the national, regional Groovin’ The Moo festival juggernaut, as well as playing their own major city launches. For a band who’s past shows have included supports for A Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi [Outkast], MF Doom, Lyrics Born, Drapht, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Thundamentals are one of Australia’s most accomplished and energetic live acts.
So We Can Remember Album Tour Dates
Presented by Niche, triple j & Nathan Farrell Entertainment
Fri 25 Apr @ Groovin The Moo, Oakland SA
Sat 26 Apr @ Groovin The Moo, Maitland NSW
Sun 27 Apr @ Groovin The Moo, Canberra ACT
Fri 2 May @ The Corner Hotel, Melbourne VIC
Sat 3 May @ Groovin The Moo, Bendigo VIC
Sun 4 May @ Groovin The Moo, Townsville QLD
Thu 8 May @ Flyrite, Perth WA
Fri 9 May @ Mojo’s Fremantle WA
Sat 10 May @ Groovin The Moo, Bunbury WA
Fri 16 May @ The Zoo, Brisbane QLD
Fri 24 May @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Tickets on sale now.
So We Can Remember is released Friday May 2nd through Obese Records, available for purchase via iTunes.