Tue, December 11, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm


This event is all ages

Los Angeles-based Thumpasaurus are a gang of five superbly-skilled young American musicians taking hugely divergent influences and channelling them into something uniquely Thumpasaurian.

These music and film students from the University of Southern California have honed their unique take on a multifarious swathe of musical inspirations through numerous live appearances on L.A’s insane house party circuit.

Thumpasurus offer up their own unique punk/funk stew wherein, hidden in plain sight and sound, you’ll find traces of Zappa, Beefheart, James Chance, Funkadelic/Parliament, Morphine, Devo, Talking Heads and Prince, as well as some rocking heavy metal, free jazz, musical theatre and even some light opera references thrown in for good measure.

Given drummer and producer Henry Was' paternity, it will come as no surprise that this band, in another time, would have sat comfortably on the roster of Michael Zilkha’s brilliant Ze label.

Lead singer and guitarist Lucas Tamaren’s alter ego, Sensei Boland, recently achieved web notoriety by challenging the world to bring him something he can’t karate chop. A promotional meme for the band’s “Mental Karate” resulted in Buzzfeed picking up on video, the band’s music being shared by the likes of Alt-J and Shakey Graves and resulting virality. See here:

Thumpasaurus are:

Drums -Henry Was
Vocals/Guitar-Lucas Tamaren
Saxophonist-Henry Solomon
Keyboardist- Paul Cornish
Bassist-Logan Kane

A one-month long residency at the Underbelly as part of the world-famous Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, 2017, allowed the band to refine their musical chops in front of packed houses of new converts to the cause. This stint at the world’s largest and longest running arts festival also gave the band the opportunity to coalesce their philosophy of mental karate with developing their sophisticated tastes in fine Scotch Malt Whisky. Chopping away all bad thoughts, the band returned to their native California to complete work on their soon-to-be released debut album, The Book of Thump.

So far, 2018 has seen the band record an EP with legendary house producer, Dirtybird’s Justin Jay. Consisting primarily of remixed Thump songs, the EP is out soon on Jay’s Fantastic Voyage label and has already been played by massive DJ’s in the house and techno scene across the country, including at an Eats Everything’s headlining set at Ultra Festival in Miami. Members of the band will be Justin’s special guests on an upcoming EP tour in May.
Venue Information:
Last Exit Live
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004