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The Drums – “What You Were” (Visiomento Session Video)

The Drums uncork another new song, “What You Were,” in the first installment of the Visiomento live performance series, which is clearly channeling a parking lot surveillance cam aesthetic. But, I’m into it. If you’re on a Drums kick, here’s the video for Portamento track “Money” as well. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 26, 2011 - 11:57 am

The Drums – “Money” Video

M. Blash directed the video for “Money,” the first single from the Drums’ sophomore release Portamento. Check it out below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 25, 2011 - 2:25 pm

The Drums – “Money”

The Drums are releasing their sophomore album Portamento in September. Take a listen to the jittery first single “Money.”… More »

By: brandon / July 12, 2011 - 5:08 pm

Bonnaroo 2011 Photos: Thursday & Friday

The 10th annual ‘Roo is underway. Here are Randy Cremean’s great pics of some of the notable sets from the first two days of this year’s fest in beautiful, boiling Manchester, TN. Featuring Sleigh Bells, Lil Wayne, Twin Shadow, Big Boi, Wavves and Best Coast (aww), Karen Elson and Jack White (hmm), Jim James’ hair,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 11, 2011 - 3:28 pm

The Drums – “Me And The Moon (Matthew Dear Remix)”

“Me And The Moon,” in its original form, felt frantic underneath singer Jonathan Pierce’s pleas. Matthew Dear’s remix is way more Matthew Dear like, i.e., this version is collected, slower paced. And its beat, which sort of sounds like air getting sliced (he does the same thing to the vocals) is a lot like the… More »

By: jessica / December 9, 2010 - 4:37 pm

Download The Drums’ Twin Shadow Remix

Jessica pointed out that the “Me And The Moon” video draws out “the loneliness and isolation” of a number of the Drums’s songs via the band members’ decision not to interact in the clip. Twin Shadow’s remix opens up feeling even more isolated until it turns into some kind of sleazy ’70s after-hours sex jam. More »

By: brandon / November 3, 2010 - 11:35 am

The Drums – “Me And The Moon” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The Drums put the begging, pleading lyrics of “Me And The Moon” to some pretty moon projections for this video. The band members don’t really interact in this clip (frontman Jonathan Pierce does some of his stiff-legged dance moves on his own), and it highlights the loneliness and isolation that is present in so many… More »

By: jessica / October 27, 2010 - 10:39 am

Stereogum & Popgun STEREO★GUN CMJ Party, Santos Party House, NYC 10/20/10

Last night our STEREO★GUN collaboration with PopGun Booking went down on both floors of Santos Party House. Sometime from when we organized it, to the actual happening, people got especially excited about Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., who found themselves with a relatively raucous, packed room by the time they played their basement set. There were… More »

By: brandon / October 21, 2010 - 11:44 am

The Drums Announced For Stereogum/PopGun CMJ Party

That’s correct: The STEREO★GUN: All Night Long CMJ event is a little more than 24 hours away, but it feels like we’re announcing it for the first time now that we can finally reveal romantic Brooklyn pop crew the Drums are the “secret headliner” filling the 1:00AM Upstairs slot. Get your robot dance ready. And… More »

By: brandon / October 19, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Stereogum & PopGun Present STEREO★GUN: ALL NIGHT LONG 10/20/10

Every autumn NYC’s week-long college music marathon is a great excuse for radio promoters and DSLR-toting bloggers to hobnob with famous publicists. Those who attend on official CMJ bizness even receive a canvas tote bag of promotional garbage. Also there are panels? I’m told There Will Be Panels. Joking aside, in its 30th year CMJ… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 4, 2010 - 11:42 am

Surfer Blood, The Drums, The Young Friends @ Music Box, Hollywood 9/29/10

Riding the wave of success from their debut album Astro Coast, Surfer Blood stopped by Los Angeles with co-headliner the Drums who have reconvened to a four member band. The Young Friends rounded out the reverb soaked bill. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 30, 2010 - 9:36 am

The Drums Cover Arcade Fire

Yesterday the Drums were referencing ’50s and ’60s girl groups in their “Down By The Water” video. Today they continue the nostalgia in a different vein via a live, ’80s-ready cover of Arcade Fire’s “We Used To Wait” (that made me think The Suburbs song should also be covered by the Cure). More »

By: brandon / August 31, 2010 - 9:36 am

The Drums – “Down By The Water” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I posted “Down By The Water,” I wondered aloud how Jonathan Pierce would robot dance to the track, the Drums’ most balladic, down-tempo moment. The answer arrives via the track’s stylishly mannered black and white video, which was directed by the band with Surround’s Brian and Brad Palmer. The Drums explain the inspiration behind… More »

By: brandon / August 30, 2010 - 9:59 am

The Drums – “Down By The Water”

“Down By The Water” is the most balladic, down tempo moment on the Drums’ self-titled debut. (Because as “It Will All End In Tears,” the track that follows it, suggests, water’s not always about sun and surfing). I’m not entirely sure how Jonathan Pierce robot dances to this one, but you’ll see firsthand on their… More »

By: brandon / August 2, 2010 - 4:32 pm

The Drums – “Forever And Ever Amen (Thieves Like Us Remix)”

Summertime and Amazon-approved ’80s revivalists the Drums created a Smiths-y atmosphere in their “Forever And Ever Amen” video. For this remix, New Order-enthused Swedish/American/Berlin/Milan/Paris trio Thieves Like Us do what you might expect them to do, nodding at more electro-minded bands from that era and opening up the dance floor. More »

By: brandon / July 8, 2010 - 9:20 am

The Drums – “Forever And Ever Amen” Video

A lot of people have a lot of complaints about the Drums (and their past projects), but Jonathan Pierce’s weirdly expressive robotic dancing/carefully rolled high waters, the pack of wee hipsters, and the obviously Smiths-y atmosphere of the video for “Forever And Ever Amen” make for harmless summertime fun. Something that comes in handy now… More »

By: brandon / May 21, 2010 - 11:27 am

National, Walkmen, Santigold, St. Vincent Dress Up For GQ

MGMT hit the Coachella stage playing their generally freakier Congratulations material in relatively human clothing, which prompted me to posit an aesthetic axiom: The weirdness of MGMT’s music is inversely proportional to that of their clothes. GQ’s taking that to a further extreme with a fashion spread/feature they’ve titled “Rock The Suit,” putting your iPod… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 27, 2010 - 4:03 pm

Libertines Reunite For Reading/Leeds 2010

The 2010 bill-sharing Reading & Leeds Festivals, scheduled for 8/27-29 in those respective cities, will feature Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink-182 as headliners, along with QOTSA, Paramore, Modest Mouse, Phoenix, NOFX, Lostprophets, Limp Bizkit(!), LCD Soundsystem, Cypress Hill, the Drums, a reunited Libertines (bets anyone?), and others. Here’s what it looks like so… More »

By: brandon / March 29, 2010 - 5:56 pm

The Drums – “Best Friend” Video

The Drums’ bio says this was the first song founders and best friends (so topical) Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham wrote together, though it sounds like they had the ghosts of Brit new wave past in the room, too. Pierce adopts the accent and hem length in this clip, so if you were a Drum… More »

By: jessica / March 4, 2010 - 9:42 am

Surfer Blood/The Drums/The Depreciation Guild @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 1/13/10

Surfer Blood. As far as indie rock debut LPs go, this is about as good as it’s going to get in 2K10. These are dudes that will toss off a Neutral Milk Hotel cover without even bothering to unslouch on the couch, slack but properly studied, like the jams that populate their ace Astro Coast. More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 14, 2010 - 12:14 pm