Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Music To Discover: 43

The Drums

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The Drums are an American indie-pop, surf-rock, post-punk band from Brooklyn New York. Front man Jonathan Pierce and guitarist Jacob Graham have been best friends since childhood. They formed the electro-pop band Goat Explosion and toured North America with said band. Later, in 2003 Jonathan formed indie-rock group Elkland and Jacob formed band Horse Shoes. The duo met up with eachother once again and planned to form another new band. Both tired of electronic music they then switched to an indie-rock prerogative in 2008. Upon moving to New York the band picked up members Adam Kessler and Connor Hanwick and the band took off. The Drums cite influences like The Smiths, The Tough Alliance, Joy Division and The Shangri-las. The Drums have toured with the likes of Florence + The Machine, Bombay Bicycle Club, and The Maccabes. Their debut album is set to release June 7th.
(information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Drums)

I'll be painfully honest.
I was not fond of The Drums upon first listen.
The first song I heard was "Let's Go Surfing". I had heard about thirty seconds of it somewhere and quickly passed it off as wannabe-retro, crummy, surf-rock. This was around 9 months or so ago.

Fast forward to the past week or so.
I, on a whim, look up The Drums once again and listen to their now famous song, "Let's Go Surfing". I then saw the song for the deliciously catchy, summer-y, happy song it was. I can now see why it was seen as one of the best songs of 2009 and I can also see why The Drums became a hot-commodity at this year's SXSW festival. I actually REALLY like this song.

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The Drums are one of those bands that just sound fundamentally happy. They, to me, hold a lot of that care-free, summer-y, happy style and that is quite refreshing. Yes, like every band in history they have their fair share of songs about romantic trials and tribulations but they seem to send those emotions across in a rather bright and joyous package.

Simultaneously, despite my initial response to the band, The Drums have taken some of the best aspects of 50s music and some of the best aspects of surf music and combined them with more modern indie-pop-post-punk styles. This isn't to say, a new trend. But I haven't really heard this kind of sing-song-y, unabashedly happy male vocals redone yet before, well save bands like Voxtrot.

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Lyrically and vocally The Drums are just as obnoxiously positive. Sometimes even, the vocals melt into a quick, slurred speech that is practically indecipherable. The sometimes psychobabble lyrics are often trapped between catchy whistle hooks and melodies or insatiable guitar riffs. There are only two super prevalent traits of all of The Drums' music, the retro style vocals, and the heavily reverberated drums and bass. Both work magically together and flow with the rest of The Drums' musicality.

I don't want you to get the opinion that The Drums are just some anachronistic 50s band. NOT AT ALL. They take aspects from 50s music, surf music, modern electronica, and hell, they even sound like a really happy The Cure at times.
Nonetheless, if you're looking for an optimistic sounding, catchy summer band then you really need to check The Drums out.

If you like...
-Surfer Blood
-Bombay Bicycle Club
-The Horrors
then check The Drums out!

Check out their songs...
-Let's Go Surfing
-Saddest Summer
-I Felt Stupid
-Best Friend

Let's Go Surfing

Remix Of The Day
Adrian Lux- Strawberry ( Marcus Rombo Remix)
I'm not familiar with Marcus Rombo's work but I am with Adrian Lux's. Adrian Lux is from Sweden and makes danceable trance/house music. I've really grown to appreciate Adrian Lux's style and this remix definitely makes his great song, Strawberry, more danceable still. This is a great remix with a compelling bass line and whimsical whirrs and screeches to match the whimsicality of the lyrics. Definitely worth a listen.

Lady GaGa JUST released the preview for her long-awaited music video for her current hit Alejandro.
I can't really tell much from the video.
Vogue-esque black and white filming?
Solo dancing?
Well, considering it is GaGa ANYTHING can happen.
See for yourself.

Who knew that Gossip Girl cast member Taylor Momsen could actually sing?
Taylor Momsen's band The Pretty Reckless' debut single, Make Me Wanna Die first debuted on the soundtrack for the movie, Kick Ass. Since, the band has been exponentially gaining more attention.
Momsen's voice is actually quite strong, and the song is, yes, dark but altogether a pretty strong track.

Lastly, I highly recommend you check out the website tuneglue.com. It is a fascinating way to discover some bands that are similar to bands or musicians you already like.

That is all.
I love you, readers!
Until next time.

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