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MP3 of the Day #234: The Drums

By on Thursday, 9th September 2010 at 10:00 am

The Drums‘s profile has jumped by leaps and bounds since the time I first featured their then-new video for ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ a year ago. How far they’ve come.

Recently, they recorded a live cover of Arcade Fire‘s current single ‘We Used to Wait’. The first thing that came to my mind hearing this? The Cribs. At least the Cribs before ‘Housewife’. I guess it’s the jangly guitars and the slightly snarly vocals.

The Drums will begin its biggest tour of North America to date (spanning over a month!) on Saturday in Providence, Rhode Island, co-headlining with fellow Americans Surfer Blood. The Drums will return to the UK in November.


Video of the Moment #337: The Drums

By on Wednesday, 1st September 2010 at 6:00 pm

Here’s the new, artsy, black and white video for the Drums‘s ‘Down by the Water’. It may remind you of old footage of the Temptations and the Righteous Brothers? But according to an interview with Stereogum, the band says “both the video and song are a tribute to the girl groups of the 50’s and 60’s, a great inspiration to the band and one of the reasons we started it.”



MP3 of the Day #222: The Drums

By on Wednesday, 4th August 2010 at 10:00 am

The Drums have been one of our TGTF favourites of 2010, from finishing 9th in our “10 from 2010” poll, to having one of our favourite albums of the summer, there seems no stopping this quartet.

Taking things down slow for a bit, enjoy this track from their debut album that’s a bit different to their previous tracks, something a bit more mellow. Download, listen and enjoy below.

MP3: The Drums – Down By The Water


Album Review: The Drums – The Drums

By on Thursday, 24th June 2010 at 12:00 pm

The Drums are undoubtedly one of the hottest acts to spring from 2010. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the four piece have spent the last few months making waves with their aptly beachy sounds, dropping hit after hit onto the nation’s ears. This month finally brought about the release of the band’s self-titled debut album, but the question on everyone’s whistling lips is whether the quartet’s sugary surf managed to hold up amid the big LP?

If this album was to manifest itself into physical emotion – it would be an explosion of lovesickness, experienced on a sticky, sunny afternoon. In a way, The Drums remind me of The Ramones with their ability to make frivolous pop with guitars – yet beneath the pointy riffs and clapping drums, are clean cut lyrics fit for ‘Jacqui’ pins up ala Bay City Rollers.

Let’s name check the singles – we’ve all heard them. And they’re bloomin’ brilliant, with their spiralling licks, speedy drums and Beach Boy falsetto. From album opener – the smashing track of longing that is ‘Best Friend’, to the whistling pop scotch, ‘Wipeout’ riffs of ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, to the tumbling guitar of commitment anthem that is ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ – The Drums are maestros at making sunny slices of sounds which are made for hot afternoons when the sky is blue – and so are our hearts.

Certainly, The Drums’ music has an undoubted air of vintage to it. ‘Book of Stories’ is Pet Sounds-esque with it’s twisty surf riff and floaty harmonies of “I don’t wanna dance anymore, I don’t wanna sing anymore”. Further highlights include the sparkly, Animal Collective-stylin ‘The Future’, and the wonderfully weary psychedelic ballad ‘Down by the Water’. Compromising of thudding bass lines and echoing Smiths drums – the hazy vocals are mushy love candy – “If you fall asleep, down by the water, baby I’ll carry you all the way home”.

One clear influence on The Drums are those favourite Mancs of ours, Joy Division. ‘It Will All End in Tears’ sees The Drums giving this influence a pretty successful airing, with it’s pounding, Hooky-styling bass line, and reverb drums. The buzzing ‘Me and the Moon’ protrudes with a similarly Factory Record vibe with it’s raw, buzzing underbelly.

Regrettably, though, front man Jonathon Pierce’s sighs of woe and skippy “ooohs” do begin to run out of steam after a while. Take the intriguingly Cure-esque, ‘I Need Fun in my Life’. This is all The Drums trademark playful hooks regurgitated beyond enjoyment. Additionally, ‘Skippin’ Town’ pretty much sounds like ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ remodelled.

Not to end on a downer, though. The Drums are a bundle of fun and so is their debut album. They have themselves a formula, and they stick to it strongly. The album’s sound doesn’t waver all that much and there isn’t any spectacular twists or turns waiting to be discovered here. But it doesn’t really matter, as there is something incredibly endearing about the quartet’s super cute guitar pop – which is not completely free of sinister post-punk backbones! Indeed, The Drums certainly know how to make a tune, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say this album is completely free of fillers. But hey so what – it’s hot and it’s sunny, so go buy this album, head to the beach, stick it on and let this soundtrack your Summer – as that’s exactly what this band will be for a lot of us this 2010.

You can order The Drums’ album from Amazon for £7.99 now.


The Drums / November and December 2010 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 3:30 pm

The Drums, the band behind the sunny ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ and the self-deprecating ‘I Felt Stupid’, have announced a UK tour for November and December. Tickets go on sale on Friday 18 June. Their self-titled debut album was released earlier this month.

Wednesday 24th November 2010 – London, Forum
Friday 26th November 2010 – Bristol, Anson Rooms
Saturday 27th November 2010 – Birmingham, Institute
Monday 29th November 2010 – Glasgow, ABC
Friday 3rd December 2010 – Northumbria, University Stage 2
Saturday 4th December 2010 – Leeds, Metropolitan University
Sunday 5th December 2010 – Nottingham, Rock City
Monday 6th December 2010 – Manchester, Academy 2


Preview: T in the Park 2010

By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 12:00 pm

Even with many acts still to be revealed, the lineup for Scottish festival T in the Park is looking pretty impressive.  From 9th to 11th July, 2010, thousands of punters will descend upon a disused airfield in Balado, Kinross-shire for a weekend of camping, shopping, carnival attractions and music across 7 stages.

Friday night see’s live favourite Muse headline the main stage, which will also be graced by Paloma Faith, Faithless and other artists yet to be announced. Rather disappointingly, the Radio 1/NME Stage will be headlined by American pop group Black Eyed Peas, who are, in this humble blogger’s opinion, an incredibly obnoxious band. They’ll be playing after TGTF favourites Florence and the Machine and The Temper Trap, as well as Jamie T. Another questionable choice is 3Oh!3 in King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, though they’ll share the stage with great bands like Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, La Roux and Dirty Projectors. And finally, the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage will see Echo and the Bunnymen and TGTF favourite Delphic on Friday.

It’s a toss-up between Saturday and Sunday for which day has the best lineup this year. Rapper Eminem will make his debut T in the Park appearance as Saturday’s Main Stage headliner, marking his first festival performance since 2001. The Main Stage will also see performances by Paolo Nutini, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend and the Proclaimers. The Radio 1/NME Stage is pretty amazing on Saturday night, with a lineup including The Prodigy, The Courteeners and Wolfmother, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent is looking equally fantastic. It’ll see the likes of Mumford and Sons, Rodrigo y Gabriela, We Are Scientists and Kate Nash. Other notable artists like Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling and the Middle East will be gracing the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian headline the Main Stage on Sunday, playing along with other massively popular artists like Jay-Z, Biffy Clyro, John Mayer and Dizzee Rascal. The Radio 1/NME Stage is looking good, too, with performances by Groove Armada, the Cribs, Babyshambles and Rise Against throughout the day. Some of the best up-and-coming bands of the festivals can be seen Sunday on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage, including Bombay Bicycle Club, the Drums, Yeasayer and Two Door Cinema Club.

The festival sold out within 90 minutes,  so if you don’t already have tickets, I’m afraid you’re out of luck. Let us know what you think of the lineup!

Full lineup after the jump…

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