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[music video]: The Drums – How It Ended

By Will Oliver, October 5th 2011

The Drums have released a music video for the Portamento album closer, “How It Ended”. The music video was directed by Patrick Roberts who uses a filter to give a painting like effect. Shots of Jonathan Pierce walking through London are mixed with close up still shots that called to mind a certain scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The video is posted below via Spin:

[Stream] The Drums – Portamento

By Will Oliver, August 29th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Drums release their new album Portamento on September 6. The whole thing is streaming right now at 3voor12. It’s available to pre-order from the band right now as well.

So take a listen to The Drums new album while you can right here.

[new] The Drums – What You Were

By Will Oliver, August 25th 2011 — with 1 comment

With new album Portamento on the way (September 6 via Frenchkiss Records) The Drums have started a new video series called Visiomento. Every Tuesday (until the end of 2011) they will upload a video to their youtube page and will share with us live in studio performances, interviews, special guests, and more.

This weeks episode was a live performance of Portamento showing, “What You Were”. If you’ve seen them live this summer they probably opened with it. This performance is as good as you can ask for.

Portamento is definitely my most anticipated album for the fall. After watching this performance, you may feel the same:

Grab a mp3 rip of this session after the jump:

Edit the start time in itunes to the 28 second mark.

[mp3]: The Drums – What You Were (Visiomento Session)

The Drums Announce Fall Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2011

The Drums are releasing new album, Portamento, on September 13 via Frenchkiss Records. The band recently dropped their new music video for, “Money”. Watch that here.

The band has just announced fall 2011 tour dates that will follow the release of the LP. It starts on September 28 in Hoboken NJ, and ends November 6 in Washington DC. Presale tickets go on sale Wednesday July 27 at 10AM EST, here. Check out the full list of dates:
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[music video] The Drums – Money

By Will Oliver, July 26th 2011

The Drums have released the music video for their very catchy single, “Money”. It’s a little different than I expected, with some strange interactions with strangers. It’s an interesting watch, take a look:

Yesterday was brutal hot, over 100 degrees in many places. It didn’t stop me and some music hungry Brooklynites from heading to the Williamsburg Waterfront to rock out with Death From Above 1979.

The Drums were announced as a surprise opener only a week ago or so to my delight. Their music has practically been the soundtrack to this summer for my friends and I. They played a lot of new material such as the catchy new single, “Money”. Some new stuff really seems to be playing true to a 80s new wave sound. They played most of their debut album, notably leaving out “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Down By The Water”. I think part of this attributes to the new direction that the band hinted at on some of the new songs. I had a great time swaying to their set. Not sure how the rest of the crowd enjoyed it since it’s sort of an odd pairing considering the music that comes out of Death From Above.

Immediately as Jesse Keeler & Sebastien Grainger took the stage they teased us with the beginnings of “Turn It Out”. You’d be lying if you said that you couldn’t feel the tension of the crowd waiting to be released. As soon as these guys started rocking, a full on mosh pit was going strong in the front. Who can blame the fans, we’ve been waiting nearly five years for these guys to come back with a tour.

I watched the first two or three songs right behind the pit, snapped a few photos, then couldn’t resist and joined in myself, with my friends following. We spent the rest of the set in there and can’t imagine the show without doing so. For such a hot day, it’s incredible that everyone kept dancing/moshing for the duration of their set. Things were steadily pretty crazy, but it truly hit the fan when “Romantic Rights” came on. It was hot, sweaty, and crazy in the pit, but it was contagious fun as well.

I don’t think the band has any plans to get back together, but I can live with that now because last nights concert was straight up fun. It was as rock and roll as you can ask for. It was hot, sweaty, and half the time I was out of breath and bracing my surroundings. I wouldn’t want it any other way with DFA1979. The band seemed to be having a lot of fun, and it seemed like they haven’t missed a beat even after spending so much time apart.

In summary, last night I saw two bands: One who have been taking a big chunk of my present (The Drums), and another who took up a big chunk of my past (DFA). It was an odd eclectic mix that may not have worked for others, but it was a great contrast of my musical past and present that added up to an awesome summer night.

Here’s a setlist I snagged post show:

Check out more photos and videos after the jump:
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[new] The Drums – Money

By Will Oliver, July 13th 2011 — with 1 comment

The Drums have released a brand new single titled “Money” that is just that, money (they played it live at Bonnaroo, and it was a lot of fun). It reaches out and grabs that romantic 80s pop sound that the band do so well. Clearly, they are ready to take things to the next level on their new album, Portamento.

“Money” is full of all the youthful energy that we’ve come to expect from the band. Jonathan Pierce always delivers sharp love longing lyrics, and “Money” is no different. He pulls it off so well, his voice sounds more dominating (like it is at their live shows), which works in his favor. The song is a rush of energy that is just as catchy as it is reliably fun. Good luck trying not to sing this tomorrow.

My friends and I have been binging on the Drums debut album, finding it to be a perfect fit for our summer habits. Time to add “Money” to the collection.

Update: Here’s the album’s artwork:

Check out the Portamento tracklist, after the jump:

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