The Drums

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The Drums
The Drums 2013.jpg
The Drums performing at Ypsigrock in 2013
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, NY
Genres Indie rock, indie pop, new wave, post-punk revival
Years active 2008–present
Labels Island, Moshi Moshi, Frenchkiss Records, Universal Australia
Associated acts Jonny Pierce, Cascading Slopes
Website thedrums.com
Members Jonathan Pierce
Jacob Graham
Past members Adam Kessler
Connor Hanwick

The Drums are an American indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York. The band is currently on the Moshi Moshi/Island (UK), Universal (AU) and Frenchkiss (US) labels.

Formation[edit]

Founding members Jonathan (Jonny) Pierce and Jacob Graham became friends as children, having met at Bible camp at age 11 or 12.[1] Some years later, they formed the short-lived electro-pop group Goat Explosion.

In 2008 Jonny and Jacob came up with the concept for The Drums, and Pierce moving to Kissimee, Florida, where Graham resided at the time, so that they could more readily collaborate. They then moved to Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 2009, where drummer Connor Hanwick and guitarist Adam Kessler joined the band to complete their live sound. The band had their first gig within a week of arriving in Brooklyn at Cake Shop NYC as part of the NYC Pop Fest.[2] In October 2009, the band released their first album, Summertime!, with 6 songs.

Career[edit]

In December 2009 the band was shortlisted as one of the 15 music acts for the BBC Sound of 2010. Subsequently, they placed at No. 5 in this list on 4 January 2010. In NME's first issue of 2010 they were named number 1 in the magazine's top tips for the year as well as in Clash Magazine's Tips for 2010. The Drums were also voted "Best Hope for 2010" in Pitchfork Media's 2009 Readers' Poll.[3] They won the Hall Radar Award[4] for 2010 and were the most Shazamed band of 2009.[5]

The Drums performing at the 9:30 Club in 2010.

In February 2010, the band played venues around the UK on the 2010 NME Awards Tour alongside The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Big Pink, going on to play support band for Florence and the Machine's 2010 Cosmic Love tour.[6] In June 2010 they played as one of the support bands for Kings of Leon in Hyde Park, London.

On May 7, 2010, they appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross where they performed "Best Friend". Their debut album was officially released on June 7, 2010, on Moshi Moshi and Island Records. The album contained the singles "Let's Go Surfing," "Best Friend," "Me and the Moon" and "Forever and Ever, Amen" as well as "Down By The Water," which had previously been released as part of the band's Summertime! EP. On September 16, 2010, it was announced on the band's Facebook page and website that guitarist Adam Kessler had left the band.[7]

The Drums released the single "The New World" on April 11, 2011 with proceeds going to Japan disaster relief efforts.[8]

For their sophomore LP, the band recorded it quickly, again self producing, often laying down tracks spontaneously in singer Jonny Pierce’s kitchen. They released Portamento, on September 5, 2011. The album title has a deeper meaning for Pierce, as he describes, “Jacob and I meeting as young boys with a shared love for Kraftwerk and Anything Box and Wendy Carlos, and these were all synth pioneers, and a common feature on old analogue systems was ‘Portamento’. The band has also revealed that they almost split at the end of June due to stylistic disagreements. Jacob explained, "I think our band is kind of fragile and probably on the verge of breaking up pretty constantly and I say that seriously and jokingly at the same time."

In 2011, Jonny Pierce co-wrote "In The Middle (I Met You There) with Brooklyn artist Matthew Dear for his EP "Headcage". His writing credits also include "You Gave Me Nothing" and "Lose It (In the End)" which are included in Mark Ronson's album "Record Collection."

The Drums made their American television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on February 15, 2012.[9] MTV gave the band a celebrity chart special on MTV HD channel in May, 2012, where Pierce and Graham introduced their favourite videos and bands as well as some of their own videos.

On the 16th of February, 2014, The Drums posted, "celebrating the only way we know how. Album 3 is finished." on their official Facebook page.

On July 17,2014 The Drums announced that their third studio album would be called "Encyclopedia" and will be released September 23, 2014. In an interview with Billboard Magazine They stated that he and Graham were ready to come back together and give the Drums another try. They holed up in a lakeside cabin in upstate New York and "went crazy," says Graham. "That's when it occurred to me that we can have fun with this and make a record that's interesting and bizarre.'"The resulting cathartic collection of tracks departs from the Drums' signature "tonal palette," as Graham calls it. With taut, spindly guitar lines, liberal sprinklings of tambourine, and uptempo kick drums that belie the brooding, thoughtful content matter of songs like "Best Friend".

Influences[edit]

The band cite their major influences as The Wake, The Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, The Tough Alliance, The Legends, The Shangri-las, Starflyer 59, Joy Electric, The Embassy and Orange Juice.[10] Graham also mentions that reverb in general has played a major role in their sound: "...If reverb didn't exist we wouldn't have bothered trying to start a band."[11]

Solo projects[edit]

Both members of The Drums have announced solo records in the works for release in 2013. Jonathan under the name Jonny Pierce, and Jacob as Cascading Slopes. In December, Pierce said in an interview with NME "I wanted to be as self-indulgent as possible with this album. This is pop done the way I think it should be done."[12] The album was never released however. Instead, Jonny Pierce announced that The Drums had entered the studio and wanted to release a Drums record instead. In March, Graham told MTV that his album Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers would be released this year through Plastiq Musiq and that “The concept is to write very simple, personal, folk songs but to do it with only old, analog synthesizers".[13]

Touring members[edit]

  • Myles Matheny – Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitar (2011–2012)
  • Chris Stein – Drums (2011)
  • Charles Narwold - Guitar, Bass (2012–2013)
  • Danny Lee Allen – Drums (2011–present)
  • Johnny Aries - Guitar, Bass, Backing Vocals (2012–present)
  • Tom Haslow - Guitar (2010, 2014-present)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK IRL
[14]
AUS
[15]
2010 The Drums 16 29 52
2011 Portamento 44 59 61
2014 Encyclopedia TBA TBA TBA

Extended plays[edit]

Year Album UK
[17]
2009 Summertime! 193
2010 iTunes Festival: London 2010

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
2009 "Let's Go Surfing / Don't Be A Jerk, Jonny" [A][B] 107 Summertime!
"I Felt Stupid / Down By The Water" [A]
2010 "Best Friend" 110 The Drums
"Forever and Ever, Amen" 182
"Let's Go Surfing / Don't Be A Jerk, Jonny" [B] 63
"Me and the Moon"
2011 "The New World" Non-album single
"Money" Portamento
"How It Ended"
2012 "Days"
2014 "Magic Mountain" Encyclopedia

Guest appearances[edit]

List of appearances, showing year released and album name
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
2011 "In Your Eyes"
(Edwyn Collins featuring The Drums)
Losing Sleep

Notes:

  • A – The tracks "Let's Go Surfing" and "Down By The Water" were later added to The Drums.
  • B – Only the track "Let's Go Surfing" received chart placement.

Music videos[edit]

Year Month Title Director
2009 August "Let's Go Surfing" David Fishel[20]
2010 January "I Felt Stupid" Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch[21]
March "Best Friend" The Drums[22]
May "Forever and Ever, Amen" Surround and The Drums[22]
August "Down by the Water" Surround and The Drums[22]
October "Me and the Moon" Surround and The Drums[22]
2011 July "Money" M Blash[23]
October "How It Ended" Patrick Roberts[24]
2012 February "Days" Patrick Roberts[25]
2014 July "Magic Mountain" The Drums[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&list=PL199B30480091457C&v=8FRu9qZ_75w
  2. ^ http://www.nycpopfest.org/about.htm
  3. ^ "Staff Lists: 2009 Pitchfork Readers Poll | Features". Pitchfork. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Philip Hall Radar Award: The Drums - Interview video Read more at http://www.nme.com/nme-video/philip-hall-radar-award-the-drums---interview/68596016001#U8366tF1UcjLhec4.99". NME. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Shazam reveals the Sound of 2010". Shazam. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2014-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Official Website | News | Gigs | Music | Blogs - News". Florence And The Machine. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  7. ^ Hudson, Alex (2010-09-17). "The Drums' Guitarist Adam Kessler Quits the Band Mid-Tour • News •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  8. ^ "The Drums Release New Track for Japanese Relief Efforts". Under the Radar. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Drums – "Days" Video & Fallon Performance". Stereogum. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  10. ^ "The Drums | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Hej 5: The Drums « PSL". Blogg.svt.se. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  12. ^ "The Drums frontman Jonny Pierce to release debut solo album in 2013 | News". Nme.Com. 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  13. ^ "Cascading Slopes Revel in Solitude on "Maple Trees" | News". mtvhive.com. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography The Drums". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung (2012-02-20). "Australian Recording Industry Association". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  16. ^ "British Phonographic Industry search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  17. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 16.01.2010 (wk1)". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  18. ^ "Summertime! EP: The Drums: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  19. ^ "iTunes - Music - iTunes Festival: London 2010 by The Drums". iTunes. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  20. ^ "The Drums "Let's Go Surfing"". YouTube. 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  21. ^ "The Drums - I Felt Stupid (Official)". YouTube. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  22. ^ a b c d "The Drums - Down By The Water". YouTube. 2010-08-30. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  23. ^ "The Drums: Money". Nowness. 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  24. ^ "The Drums - How It Ended". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  25. ^ "The Drums - Days". YouTube. 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  26. ^ "The Drums - Magic Mountain". YouTube. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 

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