Listening To: The Drums - What You Were
One of the catchiest rock bands out there.
Best indie pop ever.
The Drums are an American indie pop band from Brooklyn, New York with members stemming from the short-lived band Elkland (formerly Goat Explosion). The Drums are noted for their pre-newwave-tinged nostalgic pop, Pierce's dancing, stage motions, and angelic blonde facade, and the band's pre-flower power image. The band cite their major influences as The Wake, The Smiths, Joy Division/New Order, The Tough Alliance, The Legends, The Shangri-las, The Embassy and Orange Juice. Graham also mentions that reverb in general has played a major role in their sound: "...If reverb didn't exist we wouldn't have bothered trying to start a band."Official site: http://thedrums.com/
The Drums - Me And The Moon
It’s hard to imagine how anyone could not love this band after listening to them. They are one of the catchiest indie pop and rock bands out there. They eschew complex composition and the modern pop and rock sound for simple but catchy melodies and favor a nostalgic sound that could come out from the 70's and 80's.
Their unique sound is best heard on their debut self titled effort, The Drums. It is an album of catchy upbeat indie pop and gloomy romantic lyrics. With the simple setup of guitars, bass, drums and synthesizer, The Drums manage to execute a sound anyone can love. While most of the album contains catchy indie pop tracks that sound straight of the early 80's, songs like Let’s Go Surfing have hints of surf rock and the gloomy heartbroken Down By The Water have a somber 60's rock feel.
On their sophomore release, Portamento, the band continued with their sound. Expanding on the indie pop sound. Everything that makes the Drums so attractive is found and expanded upon on Portamento. However, the album does feature an extra darker track or two than their self titled did. Their is also the more prevalent use of the synthesizer.
I highly recommend the bands first album. Although you can’t go wrong with either of the Drum’s two albums.
Here’s to catchy indie pop.
The Drums - Forever And Ever, Amen