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    The Drums

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Please Don't Leave lyrics
    2Book of Stories lyrics
    3Forever and Ever, Amen lyrics
    I Felt Stupid lyrics
    5I Need a Doctor lyrics
    6We Tried lyrics
    7I Don't Know How to Love lyrics
    8Instruct Me lyrics
    9Book of Revelation lyrics
    10In the Cold lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1The Drums [2010]
    2Portamento [2011]


    Winners of the Philip Hall Radar award at the NME Awards in 2010, Brooklyn four-piece The Drums are one of the most exciting new young bands to come out of New York this century. Their infectious brand of mostly upbeat electro-indie tunes is set to be a likely mainstream force within the next few years.

    When they were children, Jonathan Pierce (vocals) met Jacob Graham (guitar) at summer camp, and they remain best friends to this day. They formed a band called Goat Explosion, and toured widely across the US with their brand of electro pop, though they enjoyed limited success. The pair eventually split to pursue separate projects (Jonathan joined up with Adam Kessler (guitar) to form the well-received band Elkland, who were signed by Columbia), and after a few years future front man Pierce found himself disillusioned, and decided to take a few years off.

    Wanting to work together again, and also wanting to move away from electro influences towards more traditional guitar-based music, Pierce and Graham set up The Drums in late 2008, writing and recording their self-produced tunes in central Florida. They spent the next 6 months trying to save up enough cash to make it to NYC.

    When they finally made it to the Big Apple, The Drums added two new members to their ranks: Adam Kessler and Connor Hanwick (drums). Setting up a month-long residency at a club in Manhattan's lower east side, the band began to attract a regular strong following, and their popularity kept on growing. Through word of mouth they secured slots across the city for the rest of the summer in 2009, and back in the UK they were earning the label of 'New York's official coolest new band', and airplay on both sides of the Atlantic followed.

    Their debut EP Summertime! featured the widely-played single 'Let's Go Surfing,' which Pierce insists isn't really about surfing at all, but more about the 'spirit' behind going surfing. It features one of the most infectious whistling riffs on any song of the last few years.

    It remains very difficult to pin down the style that The Drums employ. 'Let's Go Surfing' includes elements of electronic, guitar and breezy up-tempo bass, but many of their songs feature unexpected juxtapositions of vastly different musical styles.

    The Drums have said that they love what they call 'basic' pop music - simple structures with good tunes, and that's what they are aiming for: something that grips the listener and connects with an emotion immediately.

    Described as having a 'crisp' and 'clean cut' sound, The Drums make music that is in many ways quite minimal, but also extremely varied, making their lives appearances anything but predictable. Theatrical is a word with which they are often associated, and although some of their output has been criticised for being slightly unoriginal, there is no question that the band have nailed the ability to make great songs that transcend genres. Having won the NME Award, The Drums are now enjoying a great deal of exposure, and the future looks increasingly bright. Their debut album The Drums was released in June 2010.

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