Thundamentals, an Aussie hip hop group from the Blue Mountains, have a sound that's an intriguing mix between classic boom bap hip hop, organic instrumentation and future electronic inspired tones.
The crew attribute the development of their skills, to being involved in a hip hop rich environment, influenced by local talents such as Urthboy, Dialectrix and Joe New. Additionally, the four man crew (Tuka, Jeswon, Tommy Fiasko and DJ Morgs) draws inspiration from a variety of sources – from scribbles they have seen on walls, to life changing personal experiences.
The group started making music together around 7 years ago originally starting out as a live act. In the last 4 years they have taken the recording side of things more seriously, however, they still feel they are at their strongest playing live. "We still love the thrill of playing our music live to a crowd because the response is so immediate," Jeswon said.
Recent times for the group have been busy. They have just completed two national tours – the first with Big Boi of Outkast fame, and the second with Drapht. They have also released their new album Foreverlution. Since its release, the album has been received well by both hip hop circles and the wider music community. It has been feature album on a number of radio stations across the country and their first single ‘Paint the Town Red’ was added to full rotation on Triple J.
To celebrate the success of the album, Thundamentals are launching a national tour. When asked what people can expect from it, Jeswon replied, “An extensive hour long show that incorporates songs from both Foreverlution and the album before that, Sleeping on Your Style.”
In terms of the current local hip hop scene, Thundamentals are impressed, calling it perhaps the healthiest it has ever been, due to the fact that every release now has to be of a very professional standard because everyone is releasing extremely high quality work. "I think it used to be at a stage where you could release an average record and it wouldn’t matter so much because there weren’t a massive amount of acts doing things. But now, there are a multitude of crazy talented acts, with new ones popping up all the time. Some acts are even able to live off of making hip hop in Australia which was a possibility that seemed ridiculous to even contemplate ten years ago," Jeswon added.
If you want to know more about Thundamentals you can do so on Facebook, Twitter or through Obese Records. Remember, you can also catch the troops on their national tour ‘Foreverlution’ kicking off in November, or at a couple of festival slots at the end of the year at Pyramid Rock and Peats Ridge.