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Video: The Drums – Sleepover Show

Any devout follower of this blog, of which there are at least two (my mother and Brett’s) has probably noticed our affinity for The Drums. I’ve been hooked on these guys since catching their show at Lollapalooza this summer. Their stellar live performance was reinforced by an equally stellar studio album, Portamento, released in September. Read our review for more on the release.

The Drums recently recorded a Sleepover Show. This Boston project records three acoustic videos from bands passing through the New England hub. The Drums have a relatively dense sound and I had a tough time imagining a stripped down version of it. However, the results speak for themselves. Watch “Best Friend” from their debut, self-titled LP below. See the rest of their Sleepover Show HERE.

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Written by Rob Peoni


VIDEO: The Drums Perform “Days” on KCRW

Brooklyn-based indie rockers The Drums recently stopped by KCRW. While there, they played “Days”, a track from their latest release Portamento. Fun Fact: the album’s title is a 17th century Itialian term that denotes a slide between two pitches. For more on their new album check out Brett’s album review, HERE.

Written by Rob Peoni


Album Review: The Drums ‘Portamento’

Poppy 80’s bleeps followed up by a vocal resurgence of Morrissey’s dramatic tones, welcome to Portamento! The Brooklyn-based New Wave rejuvenators released their sophomore LP, and the result is gnarly.  The listening has been done and the hint of a second year slump is slam danced by The Drums.

Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham found each other after a brief hiatus in 2006 to form The Drums.  The electrophonic group Goat Explosion had ran its course. Pierce and Graham manned up other projects before reuniting the Post-punk vibe with The Drums.  Tubular reach and bright identity move by the group to continue to pull from influences such as The Smiths and Joy Division. A lot of people my age were too young for groups like this so we are all trying to absorb their catalogues as quickly as possible.  The Drums provide themselves as a seamless fit during this musical understanding.

Portamento is an awesome album in 2011 because the formula has not changed.  We all saw the polarizing rediscovery with MGMT’s Congratulations.  Casual fans hated it, dedicated fans were split, and hardcores…well remained hardcore to their vision.  If you were a fan of The Drums self-titled album, then there is no reason to battle this conflict.  The single, “Money” picks up where “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Me and the Moon” left off. Whether it is visiting the moon, riding a wave, or demanding to buy you something The Drums always have a very kind way of demanding your attention and expressing their fun.

The track “Please Don’t Leave” brings me closest to the Smiths comparison.

 Please Don’t Leave

Please Don’t Leave

Please Don’t Leave

Where Will I Go?

Where Will I Go?

Irking, bleak pleas for reconnection show doom as Pierce’s vocal chords pop, yearning for that lost one.  This formula helped build Smiths nation 30 years ago and assists with creating The Drums’ buzz. I hope that by avoiding the slump and staying true to their roots will allow The Drums to elevate to the next level in the indie hemisphere. Their close attention to their ancestors earns them this progression.

Written by Brett McGrath