The Drums (album)

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The Drums
Studio album by
Released7 June 2010
RecordedNew York
GenreIndie rock, indie pop, post-punk revival, new wave
LabelMoshi Moshi/Island
ProducerJonathan 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
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The Guardian3/5 stars[3]
The Independent3/5 stars[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[9]
The Times4/5 stars[11]

The album has had positive reviews. Jamie Fullerton of NME said, "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.[6] BBC music critic Si Hawkins noted how the band utilizes influences from the Manchester music scene (Morrisey, Phil Spector, Peter Hook) for its tracks and encapsulate them through lyrics reminiscent of John Hughes films, saying they "skilfully conjure[s] a time long before credit crunches, when the most important thing in the world was your current squeeze."[12] 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.[8] Paul Neeson from The Skinny said of the record, "whilst at times as deep as the proverbial puddle is wildly infectious in its vivid sense of carpe diem," concluding that "They may well turn to vapour and disappear in the dawn of 2011; however, for now, as a guilty indulgence or otherwise, score your summer to the sound of The Drums."[13]


  • 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]

All tracks are written by Jonny Pierce, except where noted.

1."Best Friend" (Jonny Pierce, Jacob Graham)3:26
2."Me and the Moon" (Pierce, Graham)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" (Pierce, Connor Hanwick)4:09


Adapted credits from the media notes of The Drums.[14]


Charts (2011) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 29
Belgium (Ultratop)[15] 44
Norway (Norwegian Albums Chart)[15] 30
France (French Albums Chart)[15] 100
UK (The Official Charts Company)[15] 19
US (Billboard Top Heatseekers)[16] 17


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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "The Drums – The Drums". AllMusic. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (May 27, 2010). "The Drums: The Drums". The Guardian. London. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Gill, Andy (June 4, 2010). "Album: The Drums, The Drums (Moshi Moshi/Island)". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on January 22, 2012. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Drums: The Drums". Mojo (200): 94. July 2010.
  6. ^ a b Fullerton, Jamie (June 7, 2010). "Album review: The Drums – 'The Drums' (Moshi Moshi)". NME. Archived from the original on June 11, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Berman, Stuart (June 8, 2010). "The Drums: The Drums". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "The Drums: The Drums". Q (288): 134. July 2010.
  9. ^ Dolan, Jon (September 14, 2010). "The Drums: The Drums". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on September 14, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Kornhaber, Spencer (August 23, 2010). "The Drums, 'The Drums' (Downtown)". Spin. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  11. ^ "The Drums: The Drums". The Times. London. May 28, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  12. ^ Hawkins, Si. "Review of The Drums - The Drums". BBC. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  13. ^ Neeson, Paul (June 1, 2010). "The Drums – The Drums". The Skinny. Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  14. ^ The Drums (media notes). The Drums. Moshi Moshi. Island. 2010. 2736909.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ a b c d e "The Drums - Albums Chart".
  16. ^ "The Drums - Charts and Awards".