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The Drums – “I Can’t Pretend (YACHT Remix)”

The Drums released their latest album, Encyclopedia, back in September, and Tom noted that the single “I Can’t Pretend” marked an audible departure from the group’s more twee-oriented beginnings. Los Angeles-based duo YACHT’s remix of “I Can’t Pretend” ushers in an even larger transformation, teasing out some of the track’s muted synth lines and magnifying… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / November 6, 2014 - 10:38 am

The Drums – “I Can’t Pretend” Video

The Drums released their third album, Encyclopedia, last month and a few days ago, the duo shared a video for “I Can’t Pretend.” In it, the two Drums boys sing in front of an aquarium display and in a backyard and on a set with some balloons. It stars a lot of fishes and other… More »

By: James Rettig / October 10, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Preview Three More Songs From The Drums’ Encyclopedia In A Funny Teaser Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this month the Drums previewed snippets of three new songs from Encyclopedia, their first album in four years, in a neat little sampler video. Today they’ve unveiled another such video, and in addition to the promising musical content, there’s some light comedy (dramedy?) featuring Drums members Jacob Graham and Jonathan Pierce. Hear parts of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 28, 2014 - 10:57 am

The Drums – “I Can’t Pretend”

It’s been a few years since we last heard from the New York-via-Florida indie-poppers the Drums, but they’re back next month with the new album Encyclopedia. The first songs we’ve heard from the album mark a pretty big departure from the widescreen twee of the band’s earlier work. First single “Magic Mountain” sounded like the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 20, 2014 - 9:30 am

Watch The Drums’ Encyclopedia Album Sampler

Idiosyncratic indie rock duo the Drums will be back with Encyclopedia next month, their first since 2011’s Portamento. We’ve already heard Pixies-damaged lead single “Magic Mountain” and seen its video; now the band has released a trailer for the album featuring snippets of multiple previously unheard songs. Watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 5, 2014 - 11:20 am

Johnny Aries (The Drums) – “This Grave Is My Bed Tonight” (Stereogum Premiere)

Later this year, the Drums will release their new LP, Encyclopedia, from which they’ve already shared the single “Magic Mountain.” While making that record, the band picked up new member Johnny Aries, who is releasing Unbloomed, his debut solo album, next month. The UK singer brings a different vibe to his own work — from… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 29, 2014 - 12:29 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but there’s a lyric video on this list. Its presence will probably annoy you. But if you think you can make a better lyric video, go ahead. Please. This week’s picks are below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2014 - 1:01 pm

The Drums – “Magic Mountain” Video

Last week, the Drums released “Magic Mountain,” their first song in two years, and now they’ve shared a video to go along with it. Stylishly directed by the band members themselves and filmed in black and white by Gorjan Lauseger, the video sees the boys standing sullenly in the woods, dressed in armor and with… More »

By: James Rettig / July 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

The Drums – “Magic Mountain”

Frontman Jonny Pierce released a solo album last year, but the Drums, the Brooklyn-via-Florida indie-poppers, haven’t given us a new song since their 2012 single “Days.” Today, they break their silence with “Magic Mountain,” a clean but jumpy number that’s more stark and yelpy than most of what gets called “indie-pop” these days. Check it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2014 - 3:23 pm

Trentemøller – “Never Stop Running” (Feat. Jonny Pierce)

Danish electronic music producer Trentemøller has a new album out later this year called Lost, and its first single features the Drums’ Jonny Pierce. “Never Stop Running” is mostly a tastefully eerie electro exercise, though it modulates into a hook with a soaring feel and vocal, the sort of bittersweetly sweeping and dramatic harmonic movement… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 28, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Jonny Pierce – “I Didn’t Realise” Video

Jonny Pierce, frontman for major-label indie-poppers the Drums, is going solo next year, releasing an album that he wrote, recorded, and produced entirely by himself. The first song we’ve heard from the LP is a glimmering, surprisingly hypnotic synthpop track called “I Didn’t Realise.” This is the last guy I would’ve expected to release something… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 28, 2012 - 10:41 am

The Drums – “Days (Mates Of State Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year, Mates Of State tweeted that they were working on a remix of the Drums’ “Days,” and today we have that very take on the Portamento cut. It’s in interesting remix in the sense that it brings Mates Of States’ vocals into the mix. Download below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

The Drums – “I Don’t Want To Go Alone”

The Drums will release the “Days” single this week, and that release is paired with a new B-side, “I Don’t Want To Go Alone.” Lo and behold, that song has leaked on to the web, and you can hear it at YouTube. It’s out now on Frenckiss. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 28, 2012 - 9:23 am

Drums – “Days” Video & Fallon Performance

Last night, Brooklyn-via-Florida indie rockers the Drums made their television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon where they played Portamento cut “Days.” Watch the performance below. UPDATE: The Drums also came through with the official video for “Days,” which is below as well. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 16, 2012 - 9:05 am

The Drums Cover The Ronettes For Valentine’s Day

For the social price of a “Like” on Facebook, the Drums’ cover of the Ronettes’ “Do I Love You” is yours. Deadbeat Valentines, hop to it! More »

By: Corban Goble / February 14, 2012 - 3:25 pm

22 New Indie Rock Christmas MP3s For 2011

Don’t you love Christmas music? I’m Jewish so mostly it makes me feel like I’m in a mall. But don’t you love malls? I’ve been trying to get my daughter to listen to The Nutcracker, and that’s been pretty easy because she’s only three and doesn’t have a choice. But if Tchaikovsky’s not your speed… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2011 - 9:53 am

The Drums – “I Can’t Save Your Life”

The Drums’ “I Can’t Save Your Life” is a new song recorded as a B-side to the “How It Ended” single, which is out today. Stream the track and download remix of “How It Ended” by Jeremy from Summer Camp that’s also on the release below. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 3, 2011 - 11:03 am

The Drums – “How It Ended” Video

I feel a bit bad for any music video that debuted within 24 hours of Beyoncé’s “Countdown.” The Drums’ new video for the theatrically sad “How It Ended” features frontman Jonathan Pierce walking around and looking sad while being filmed through what appears to be a burlap sack, and it’s nice enough, but it’s… not… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2011 - 9:34 am

Under The Influence: The Drums Portamento

You’ve streamed the Drums’ new record, Portamento, and now lead singer Jonny Pierce offers us a virtual mixtape’s worth of tunes that influenced the Portamento’s sounds and songs. Here’s Pierce! More »

By: Corban Goble / September 9, 2011 - 10:46 am

Stream The Drums’ Portamento

Portamento, the sophomore album from New York twee-wavers the Drums, is out 9/13 on Frenchkiss. And right now, 3VOOR12 is streaming the whole album (via We All Want Someone To Shout For). If that’s not enough Drums for you, here’s the video for the single “Money.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2011 - 12:05 pm
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