Need something off-the-wall and wacky yet oddly inspirational? LA-based comedic funk-punk band Thumpasaurus has got you covered with their latest single “Mental Karate,” complete with a corresponding music video and interactive website for the release. Comprised of Lucas Tamaren on guitar and vocals, Henry Solomon on saxophone, Paul Cornish on keyboard, Logan Kane on bass, and Henry Was on drums, all of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, this “Los Angeles quintet is where insane meets insanely talented,” so says Buzz Bands LA. “Their new single packs a Devo wallop and leaves you all Weird Al in the stomach—especially as played out in director Jocelyn Cooper’s video for the song.”
“Mental Karate” comes from the group’s upcoming, self-produced debut album in 2018, following up from the band’s 2017 EP In The Beginning There Was Thump. At its release, the EP gained attention from Magnetic Magazine and Live for Live Music, the latter of which claiming that “Thumpasaurus have developed an eclectic, homemade aesthetic unlike anything else this side of the Milky Way.”
A year in and Thumpasaurus has already garnered a respectable local cult-following. Drawing attention for their unique style blending 70s-influenced analog rhythms with LA electronic vibes, the group has opened for fellow cult acts like KNOWER and Vulfpeck.
And it’s no wonder why the group has developed such a fanbase. According to the official press release, “Thumpasaurus partnered up with LA-based comedian, Alan Wagner, for an immersive guerilla marketing narrative about the Mental Karate Dojo, which involves putting up posters around town, a phone number that plays the song and an in-universe website advertising the Dojo and band.” Just that effort alone is admirable and borderline ridiculous (but in the best way). Thumpasaurus seems to have a mix of music and humor similar to that of Ninja Sex Party, by the way, so if you are a fan of them (as a few of my friends and I are) definitely give Thumpasaurus a listen.
For more information regarding Thumpasaurus, their comedic music style, and their forthcoming album, check out the links below!