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The Drums

August 30th, 2014

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s




The Drums

Biography

An unlikely but undeniably catchy mix of Factory Records-style indie and '50s-inspired melodies, the Drums have roots that can be traced to the childhood friendship of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. After meeting at summer camp, the pair formed the electro-pop duo Goat Explosion while they were still in their teens. However, the band split and Pierce and Graham went on to other projects: Graham formed the indie pop group Horse Shoes, who released an EP on Shelflife in 2009. Meanwhile, Pierce and another friend, Adam Kessler, founded the new wave-inspired band Elkland, who were signed to Columbia Records and issued the album Golden in 2005. That year, Pierce left the band (which broke up in 2006) and took a hiatus from making music. In 2008, Graham and Pierce reconnected and began writing songs together, trading the electronic direction of their earlier collaboration for a guitar-based approach. Early the following year, Pierce and Graham moved from central Florida to New York City, where Kessler became their second guitarist. With the addition of drummer Connor Hanwick, formerly of Cape of No Hope, the Drums’ lineup was complete, and by that summer, the band’s shows were gaining buzz. Moshi Moshi released the Drums’ singles “Let’s Go Surfing” and “I Felt Stupid,” and their debut EP, Summertime!, arrived late in 2009. The singles “Best Friend” and “Forever and Ever Amen” preceded the band's self-titled first album, which Moshi Moshi released in the U.K. in spring 2010; it arrived in the States that autumn. During their first U.S. tour, Kessler left the group; friend of the band Tom Haslow played guitar for the rest of those dates. The Drums commenced writing and recording as a trio, releasing their first single with this lineup, “The New World,” in April 2011. Recruiting Violens' Chris Stein and Myles Matheny as members of their touring act, the band released the darker, keyboard-heavy Portamento that September.

Top Albums


1. I Can't Pret..

2. The Drums

3. Portamento (..

4. Encyclopedia

5. Demos

6. Magic Mounta..

7. Money – Sing..

8. The New Worl..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.
I Can't Pretend Encyclopedia 4:49 $1.29
2.
Let's Go Surfing Drums 2:55 $0.99
3.
Days Portamento (Bonus Track Ver.. 4:29 $1.29
4.
Money Portamento (Bonus Track Ver.. 3:53 $1.29
5.
Magic Mountain Encyclopedia 4:05 $1.29
6.
I Need Fun in My Life Drums 3:27 $0.99
7.
It Will All End in Tears Drums 3:44 $0.99
8.
Down By the Water Drums 3:26 $0.99
9.
We Found It I Can't Pretend – Singl.. 1:59 $1.29
10.
I Can't Pretend I Can't Pretend – Singl.. 4:49 $1.29
11.
Rules of Your Life Magic Mountain – Single 4:14 $1.29
12.
Magic Mountain Magic Mountain – Single 4:05 $1.29
13.
Hard To Love GrandLife: This Is New York.. 3:27 $0.99
14.
Future Drums 4:08 $0.99
15.
I'll Never Drop My Sword Drums 3:47 $0.99
16.
We Tried Drums 3:45 $0.99
17.
Forever and Ever Amen Drums 4:27 $0.99
18.
Skippin' Town Drums 3:22 $0.99
19.
Book of Stories Drums 3:38 $0.99
20.
Me and the Moon Drums 3:12 $0.99
21.
Best Friend Drums 3:26 $0.99
22.
What We Had (Bonus Track) Portamento (Bonus Track Ver.. 3:52 $0.99
23.
How It Ended Portamento (Bonus Track Ver.. 4:20 $1.29
24.
In the Cold Portamento (Bonus Track Ver.. 3:29 $0.99
25.
I Need a Doctor Portamento (Bonus Track Ver.. 4:16 $0.99

Top Music Videos


1. Money

2. Days

3. Money

4. How It Ended


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