All the way from Epsom, England comes the Alternative, Folk Rock sound of the talented Tumbler. With a fast growing legion of fans, Tumbler is turning heads with their new album “Come To The Edge”. We had a chance to talk with the band about all things music.
Ryan: Bands name are usually a very difficult decision to make, how did you come up with the name Tumbler?
Richard: We wanted something honest and simple that would reflect the vibe of where the music came from. The way the band came together for us felt like one of those moments when a key turns and all the tumblers fall into place, so Tumbler felt relevant. On top of which Harry was kind of keen on parkour at the time and was spending a lot of time leaping around doing teenage urban acrobatic stuff – tumbler is an old fashioned word for an acrobat, so that sort of nailed it.
Ryan: How long did it take to release your new album “Come to the Edge?
Dave: We’d already started work on it before the first album (‘You Said’) was even released. There was a real momentum and the sense of riding a wave so we just kept going. In all I guess the album took around nine months from start to finish.
Ryan: Is there a specific theme that runs throughout the album?
Harry: Not in the sense of trying to make some kind of concept album. Like ‘You Said’ this album is another selection from songs we’ve been playing together for years. What’s different this time is I think musically it’s a bit more coherent. This wasn’t something we planned for. It just seems to have evolved from working together.
Ryan: My personal choice is “Falling”. What is the most likely next lead single for the album?
Richard: Glad to hear you like ‘Falling’ – one of Harry’s so it’s new material. I love the energy and passion he brings to it. We don’t have plans for a second single release at this stage and hope people will take the album as it’s meant to be, which is as a whole.
Ryan: Where do you gather inspiration from?
Harry: Dad’s been writing songs all his life, sometimes as a way of making sense of things and sometimes just because it’s a joyful thing to do. So I’ve grown up seeing music as a natural medium that lets you turn worries, ideas and fun into poems and songs. So I guess life is the inspiration, if that doesn’t sound too pretentious. The main thing is what Dad’s always told us – the most important music is the music you make for yourself.
Ryan: What does your song writing process look like?
Richard: Harry and I have talked about it and I think it’s similar for both of us. You fool around with tunes and chords and end up with a toolbox of musical snippets that are fun to visit and revisit. You listen to the mood and feelings that attach themselves. Then one day something happens or an idea strikes and suddenly you have a story to be told, so you dig around in the toolbox for a musical structure that matches it.
Ryan: How would you describe your music to someone that has not heard your sound before?
Dave: I suppose I’d call it alternative folk/rock – but the main thing for me is honesty. It’s not trying to be anything other than itself.
Ryan: What advice do you have for new bands looking to record their own album?
Harry: Just do it! But beyond that, something Dave has taught me is there is a big difference between a song and a record. Get it right and a good song can be a great record. But vice versa also applies.
Ryan: At this point in your musical career, what are some of your most memorable moments?
Richard: For me the amazing thing has been to take a bunch of family music into the studio and see it transformed. Listening to the results still makes me laugh. The bigger deal though is the huge backdrop of all the years of family kitchen concerts, with guitars everywhere and music played together for the fun of it.
Ryan: Do you have any plans to make a music video for the album?
Dave: It’s possible but no immediate plans right now, first we just want to get the album out there and see what happens next.
Ryan: Lastly, and thank you for your time, do you have any news that you would like to share with your fans?
Richard: We’re excited about the new album and the buzz it seems to be developing. Meantime we are talking about possible next steps. Harry’s writing has continued to develop and a third album is a possible platform for him to take things on the road next year. But for now, we’re happy to take things one step at a time.
ALL: Thank you for your interest, and a sincere thank you for listening.