So as England and the rest of the northern hemisphere prepares for what could be another hot summer (yeah right), I feel that I need an album that puts me in the mood for those long and light summer nights and for a wave of seasonal adjustment from an incredibly rainy spring, along come Florida-via-New York band The Drums like a burst of sunshine on this extremely grey Wednesday afternoon.
The album kicks off with “Best Friend” which is the first song The Drums wrote as a band and starts the album off with style with an Orange Juice inspired funk that really sets this band apart from anyone else at the moment. “Let’s Go Surfing” is when I really start to crank up the volume and I was very surprised when it was announced that it wasn’t going to be on the album, but thankfully, the breakthrough single is included and that will surely become a massive summer festival hit whereas “Book of Stories” and “Skippin’ Town” reminisces their 80’s heroes The Field Mice and again, Orange Juice.
“Down By The Water”, the only track to have survived from the Summertime! EP that was released last year, is a lament for making promises to someone you love. “I’ll Never Drop My Sword” is my favourite track on the album and its the only track to feature an acoustic guitar alongside a characteristic keyboard on the album and for proof of frontman Jonathan Pierce’s worship for The Smiths and Morrissey, you should look no further.
This is only The Drums’ debut album, and already I can’t wait to hear more.
© Lauren Towner, Music Vice
The Drums are playing various dates in the UK and across Europe from May till August, including slots at Glastonbury Festival and T in the Park.
The Drums – Myspace