Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham relocated from Florida to Brooklyn, adding two additional players to the fold, but they haven’t left the beach behind. What makes their Summertime! work is the breezy melancholy that flows endlessly, even through the songs you’d expect to be sunny (a la “Let’s Go Surfing”). The Beach Boys had a knack for that kind of thing too, but this is a very different monster. For one thing, the Drums seemingly know how to surf. For another, Pierce sings like a new wave king and the guys were inspired by post-punk Glaswegian Factory/Sarah Records crew the Wake’s 1987 pop tune “Pale Spectre” when forming the band. On their MySpace they list the Smiths, the Legends, the Shangri-Las, the Tough Alliance, the Embassy, Orange Juice, and Joy Division as influences. Also, you might feel like standing on a beach with the Cure after listening to the immediately infectious “I Felt Stupid.”
The Drums – “I Felt Stupid” (MP3)
Summer’s over, but in case you don’t have this already, there’s always next year:
And the accompanying video:
“Summertime! is out via TwentySeven. “I Felt Stupid” isn’t on it. Cue the hype machine.