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Interview: The Drums

By on Monday, 21st December 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Drums finished 9th in our “10 of 2010”, and we got lead singer Jonathan Pierce to answer a few quick questions…

Congratulations on finishing ninth in our 10 of 2010 awards… sorry we don’t have a trophy or anything to give you. I’m sure you’ve probably won plenty of awards – what’s your most treasured one and why?
Thank you for putting us on the list! I think our most treasured reward is seeing a member of The Smiths at our first ever show in Manchester, dancing along.

What’s been your highlight of 2009? What about your lowlight?
Highlight : Writing the last song on our album in a cabin in Woodstock. Knowing it was the last track and we could not if we tried write anymore for the full length. It was perfect to us.
Lowlight : I currently have a broken rib, due to a fight I had with my brother. That is keeping me somewhat handicapped.

Likewise, what are you most excited about for 2010?
Traveling the world, playing shows.

What music / artists are you really excited to be hearing in 2010? What sort of stuff are you enjoying listening to at the moment?
We are interested in seeing what The Young Friends will do. They are currently on our Holiday Records label. The songs they are making are close to, if not, perfect.
I am always listening to Orange Juice and The Shangri-las.

How do you like to describe your music? I’ve been reading so many descriptions of your music and comparisons (from the Beach Boys to New Order) I’d love to know what you think your music sounds like / who you’d compare your sounds to.
I think the most important thing to us is that we are a pop band. We make pop music. Sometimes I leans towards the 60’s girl groups, and sometimes it leans more Factory. I don’t know how else to describe it. It’s just sincere pop music. We just love beautiful short songs with perfect sad melodies.

You’re gonna be spending much of February over here – what do you love (or hate) about coming to the UK for shows?
So far, the UK has been very good to us. We are excited and happy to return with a bunch of new songs.

Before you go on stage do you have any weird and wonderful rituals?
We just drink and do push-ups.

What would be a cool location you’d like to do a gig at?
The Auto Mechanic High School Auditorium in Williamsburg. We WILL make it happen someday.

Finally, what TV, films and books are you really enjoying at the moment?
Getting into David Lynch’s Twin Peaks DVDs for TV.
Getting into John Cassevettes box set for films..
Getting into TIME/LIFE Great Photographers for books.


10 for 2010: #9 – The Drums

By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 at 12:00 pm

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 9, are New York City-based The Drums, who we first introduced back in September…

Some have dubbed ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, the first single from this Brooklyn by way of sunny Florida band, as “the most infectious whistling since Peter Bjorn and John“. I wrote about the song and its frenetic video in September.

MP3: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing


Coming up for the band next: a 7″ inch vinyl single release for ‘I Feel Stupid’ (backed by ‘Down by the Water’) to drop on 7 December. The ‘I Feel Stupid’ A-side is firmly positioned in the BBC 6music ‘A’ playlist and despite the gaiety of the guitars, the vocals are post-punk with a whiff of Talk Talk. ‘Down by the Water’, in contrast, feels like the perfect soundtrack to late-night snogging in the back of the cinema.

With a 7-song EP follow-up called ‘Summertime’ released on 12 October on the Moshi Moshi label (who put out early records by Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, and Friendly Fires) and a forthcoming full-length scheduled to be out sometime next year, they’re set to take the world by storm with the simplicity of their feel-good pop that will make you smile ear to ear. But lest you think these are simple-minded American boys looking for the next big (ocean) wave to catch, the band are quick to dismiss their early label of ‘surf pop’ for their intention to sound like great ’50s-’60s pop as if recorded by a Factory Records band. Pretty ambitious, huh?

From all accounts, the quartet – led by Jonathan Pierce (vocals) and Jacob Graham (guitar) – are quite humble in their aspirations for 2010, wishing for lots of traveling to places they haven’t been yet for gigs and maybe a call from American late night telly institution Saturday Night Live to play for Lorne Michaels and crew. And if they live up the hype that’s been following them around for the second half of 2009, I think they have a very good shot at both. Good luck boys.

You will be able to catch the Drums on the line-up for the NME Shockwaves Awards Tour in February 2010 (tickets available now through Seetickets). You can also snag their releases for stocking fillers at Moshi Moshi Records’s online store.


MP3 of the Day #128: The Drums

By on Monday, 30th November 2009 at 10:00 am

If you haven’t heard the sunniest thing to come from America’s East Coast in some time, here’s something special to add some light to the drabness that is the last day of November. Brooklyn-based the Drums have been one of the many “to light up my life” so to speak as of late with the seaside treat ‘Let’s Go Surfing’. I wrote about the song and its video, oddly shot in the nighttime, in September. Go on, grab it for your mp3 player and keep the summer going all through this winter.

MP3: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing


‘Summertime’, a 7-song EP by the Drums, was released on 12 October on the Moshi Moshi label and can be purchased at Moshi Moshi Records’s online store. ‘I Feel Stupid’ (backed by ‘Down by the Water’) will be released on 7″ vinyl on 7 December.


Shockwaves NME Awards Tour / February 2010

By on Tuesday, 10th November 2009 at 2:30 pm

The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club, the Big Pink, and the Drums have been named for the lineup of the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour 2010. The tour runs for a little over a fortnight in February, starting in Newcastle on 4 February 2010.

NME.com reports that general tickets go on sale at 9 AM GMT on Friday 13 November, but it appears that presale tickets are already available through Seetickets. The tour will call at:

Thursday 4th February 2010 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 5th February 2010 – Glasgow Barrowland
Saturday 6th February 2010 – Manchester Academy
Sunday 7th February 2010 – Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 9th February 2010 – Nottingham Rock City
Wednesday 10th February 2010 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 11th February 2010 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Saturday 13th February 2010 – Cardiff University
Sunday 14th February 2010 – Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 15th February 2010 – Brighton Dome
Tuesday 16th February 2010 – Bournemouth O2 Academy
Thursday 18th February 2010 – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Friday 19th February 2010 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Saturday 20th February 2010 – Brixton O2 Academy


Video of the Moment #132: The Drums

By on Tuesday, 15th September 2009 at 6:00 pm

The Drums are a Brooklyn-based band that plays decidedly Californian-y jangly guitar rock that is more Beach Boys than the ‘post-punk’ label on their MySpace suggests. They’re a new favourite of Steve Lamacq‘s and maybe they’ll be one to you also.

Have a watch of their lo-fi video for ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, which inexplicably is filmed in the dark and belies the song’s sunniness. If you like watching cute American guys in blue jeans running around in the dark, this one’s for you.


The Drums’ ‘Summertime’ EP will be released by Moshi Moshi Records on 12 October in the UK. It appears that their American release on Twentyseven label is now sold out – rats!


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