May 21, 2019
Tune-In Tuesday #19: Thump by Gone Fishin’
Thump by Gone Fishin’ coverSource: It’s out!!!… | Gone Fishin’
The indie alternative-rock band Gone Fishin’ released two fresh singles to kick this summer off on Friday.
A Bit of Context…
“‘Thump’ is the second release from the Berkeley-based indie band, Gone Fishin’,” Jung explained via email. “‘Thump’s’ two singles build off Gone Fishin’s previous album, ‘Too Much Honey.'”
“Sunflower Shortcake” is nostalgic. The vocals, lyricism, and guitar are reminiscent of The Strokes, but the horn transition that follows each chorus gives the song it’s own signature Gone Fishin’ flair.
“Well I used to just blaze my days away,
No sense of consequence,
All of it confidence,
Naturally, I talk some sense,
Got over my arrogance“Sunflower Shortcake | Gone Fishin’
With the second single, “Isabel,” the artists broadcast their plea while navigating the minefields of young love.
“Isabel” is sweet and upbeat, despite it’s melancholy undertones. The drums and horn swiftly build up anticipation during each pre-chorus while the back-up vocals drive home the track’s breezy, summer aesthetic.
I can hear you crying through the telephone,
And I know,
I wish I wasn’t me breaking your heart,
But it’s just like me,
To get inside of my own head about the girl who doesn’t care,
‘Cause I’m not very tall, smoke too much weed“Isabel | Gone Fishin’
Bug’s Two Cents
I was immediately drawn to “Thump” by the style of the first track, “Sunflower Shortcake.” The grit of the single is redolent of mid-90’s alt-rock, and yet, Gone Fishin’ manages to make the style their own.
The drums across both tracks are nothing short of excellent. Lyrically, I’m a sucker for a song that tells a good story, and “Thump” does just that, putting you in shoes of the band as they spar with their newfound adulthood.
Thematically, these singles remind me very much of the summer before I began college. Like any other freshman, I spent the first month after receiving my acceptance letter sitting on my bedroom floor drawing comics while Weezer and Phoenix roared in the background.
I believe “Thump” was the perfect follow-up to Gone Fishin’s first album, “Too Much Honey,” and I absolutely can’t wait for what’s next from the group.
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