The Drums (album)

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The Drums
Studio album by The Drums
Released 7 June 2010
Recorded New York
Genre Indie rock, indie pop, post-punk revival, new wave
Length 43:15
Label Moshi Moshi/Island
Producer Jonathan Pierce
The Drums chronology
Summertime! EP
The Drums
Singles from The Drums
  1. "Best Friend"
    Released: 28 March 2010
  2. "Me and the Moon"
    Released: 31 May 2010
  3. "Let's Go Surfing (reissue)"
    Released: 12 August 2010
  4. "Forever and Ever, Amen"
    Released: 12 December 2010

The Drums is the eponymous debut studio album by American indie pop band The Drums. It was released June 7, 2010, on Moshi Moshi and Island Records. The album contains 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.


The album was recorded in Jacob Graham's apartment in Florida, the band's apartment in New York City, and in a shack in Woodstock, New York.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC (positive) link
Consequence of Sound 4.5/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars link
God Is in the TV Zine 4/5 stars link
The Guardian 3/5 stars link
musicOMH 4/5 stars link
NME 8/10 stars link
Pitchfork Media 7.5/10 link
Rhythm Circus (mixed) [2]
The Skinny 3/5 stars link
Spin 8/10 stars [3]
TORO 4/5 stars link

The album has had positive reviews. NME gave the album 8/10, saying, "The Drums have proved... there's still a hurricane of heartsore life in guitar pop." It also highlighted "Book of Stories," "Down by the Water" and "Skippin' Town" as particularly good tracks. Q gave the album 4 stars, saying that "The Drums provide its steadiest beat in years" when referring to the album's impact on the indie music genre.


  • The first single to be released from the album was "Best Friend," which was released on 29 March 2010. The single found success in the UK, where it charted at number 110.
  • The second single to be released from the album was "Me and the Moon," which was released on 31 May 2010. The single acted as the second promotion for the album, which was released a week later on 7 June 2010.
  • The third single to be released from the album was "Let's Go Surfing," which was released on 12 August 2010. Having originally peaked at number 107 upon initial release in September 2009, the reissue lead to the single peaking at number 63 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the band's most successful single to date.
  • The fourth single to be released from the album is "Forever and Ever, Amen," which was released on 12 December 2010.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Best Friend" 3:26
2. "Me and the Moon" 3:12
3. "Let's Go Surfing" 2:56
4. "Book of Stories" 3:38
5. "Skippin' Town" 3:22
6. "Forever and Ever Amen" 4:24
7. "Down by the Water" 3:33
8. "It Will All End in Tears" 3:44
9. "We Tried" 3:45
10. "I Need Fun in My Life" 3:27
11. "I'll Never Drop My Sword" 3:43
12. "The Future" 4:09


  • Jonathan Pierce - vocals, keyboards, drum programming
  • Jacob Graham - guitar
  • Adam Kessler - guitar
  • Connor Hanwick - drums


Charts (2011) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[1] 29
Belgium (Ultratop)[1] 44
Norway (Norwegian Albums Chart)[1] 30
France (French Albums Chart)[1] 100
UK (The Official Charts Company)[1] 19
US (Billboard Top Heatseekers)[2] 17