The Drums remind me of an 80’s electric pop band with their chilled out tones and retro fashion sense. Fronted by lead singer Jonathan Pierce, the Brooklyn born band formed in 2008 and quickly found their way into the music industry. Being one of 15 acts shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2010 accolade lead to a number of appearances for the band including the NME Awards Tour and various gigs around the UK. They have recently toured with Florence and The Machine and also with music legends, Kings Of Leon, all of which has coincided perfectly with the release of their self-titled debut album The Drums.
Full of catchy, quirky songs it has been hotly anticipated since the release of their debut single Let’s Go Surfing. The album consists of repetitive rhythms that stick throughout, leaving the poetic lyrics to stand out in each track and making it a perfect complement to the summer months. The catchy Best Friend is an upcoming single of 2010 you’ll no doubt be humming along to and I’ll Never Drop My Sword is another equally brilliant song, although mellower than the rest of the album. However, Me and the Moon has an eerie feel to it and doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the album. It shares many similarities with Everything Will Be Alright from The Killers debut album Hot Fuss and left me wondering why it had been put on the album. Similarly, the tracks We Tried and The Future have almost identical introductions before branching off into different lyrics and could leave the listener confused as to which one is which.
That being said, each song tells a different story and is accompanied by mellow tones and soft guitar rifts making it ideal for those who love to listen to music with no interruptions. I found I could just sit back and have the album on repeat in the background and once familiarised with the band and their vibe found there were enough stand out tracks to pack the summer with happy, fun filled music. The only let down with the album is the repetitive sounds and similar introductions, but over all it’s a solid offering and you should expect more from the band as they make a quest for world domination with their mix of quirky, electro-pop sounds.