The Drums releasing debut album on Downtown Records

Music News | Jun 8th, 2010

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Following a massive wave of critical acclaim, New York City’s own The Drums are preparing to release their self-titled debut album on Downtown Records. It will be available June 8th digitally, with the vinyl following on August 10 and the CD will hit stores in September.

The US version of the CD will contain bonus tracks not found on the UK release. After the release of their debut EP Summertime! and a string of tour dates in the UK, The Drums were listed at #1 on both Clash and NME’s Top Tips of the Year and #5 on the BBC’s Sound of 2010 poll. Pitchfork’s readers voted the band as ‘Best Hope for 2010’ in their 2009 Readers’ Poll and the band topped Shazam’s Sound of 2010 list as the most searched band by users in 2009. You’ve heard the buzz and with the release of the band’s debut album, the songs speak for themselves.

The Drums’ spellbinding sound takes inspiration from elements of some of the greatest bands in history from The Smiths to the The Shangri-las and fuses them with the band’s own raw energy and excitement. “Let’s Go Surfing” sounds like a day at Coney Island with The Cure on the boombox. The melancholy sound of “Book of Stories” is offset with an understated sweetness and innocence in the lyrics and vocal. The rhythm and reverb will force you to dance and the melodies will stay with you on first listen.

The album has already received tremendous reviews overseas with Q, The Times and MOJO being just three of many publications to give it four stars. Their live show has been called “explosive” and Jonny Pierce “one of the most magnetic frontmen in years.” The list of supporters is endless but nothing is more convincing than this stellar collection of songs. The last track on the album is entitled “The Future.” Fitting, since it will be full of sounds from The Drums.


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