New Music: The Drums


The Drums are a new band from Brooklyn, by way of Florida, who sound like they were plucked off a sunny California beach circa 1953. The four fresh-faced NYC transplants, led by childhood best friends Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham, are getting some serious buzz right now. They’ve have become my latest obsession too, thanks in part to the infectious first single “Let’s Go Surfing.”

Originally released late last year, the song is the ultimate cure to the winter blues. It’s three minutes of shimmery danceable pop riding on a wave of handclaps, Dick Dale basslines, and the catchiest whistling since Peter Bjorn and John. This is the sound of summer romance and sand in between your toes, all youthful abandon and nostalgic wonder. Like Beach Blanket Bingo re-imagined with art school kids and LES hipsters.

The Drums are already being hailed as one of the best bands to watch in 2010, gaining comparisons to everyone from The Beach Boys to Joy Division. They appear this month on the cover of NME and just released their newest single “Best Friend” a few days ago on the BBC. The band’s EP Summertime! is out now and a full-length album is expected later this year (as well as a tour with Florence of Florence and the Machine).

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