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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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The Drums Reveal Teaser Video: Portamento

By Will Oliver, June 29th 2011

The Drums have released a new teaser video for their new album which may be titled Portamento. Watch the video below which features some new music from the band, as well as grainy footage of the band in the studio. The new material is sounding like darker 80s new wave. The new album will hopefully be released later this fall.

The Drums Release Single For Japan Relief Efforts

By Will Oliver, April 20th 2011

The Drums have recorded and released a new single titled “The New World” that is available for paid download. All proceeds will go towards Japan disaster relief efforts.

Here’s a message from The Drums in regards to the single:

“We are deeply saddened by what has happened, and we are so in awe of the strength and courage shown by the people of Japan. We wrote this song to bring a little more hope. Japan, we have loved you since the very first moment we set foot on your land. Thank you for all your love.”

The track is available to purchase at iTunes right now.

If you want, take a listen to a stream of the song that (I found) on youtube. Be sure to buy the song if you like it. It’s for a great cause.



The Drums @ Stereogun Showcase (10/20/2010)

By Will Oliver, November 5th 2010 — with 1 comment

By the end of this night, I was exhausted. I was excited the see The Drums, but I honestly had no energy left. However, once The Drums came on stage and kicked into their set, I got a boost of energy and was good to go. These guys absolutely bring their A-game live. I really enjoyed their debut album, but the recorded version of their songs do the band no justice live. These guys have so much energy and bite live, it’s not even funny. They were dramatic, aggressive, and ready to rock out. All four of them moved and grooved to each and every song, showing passion and devotion to each and every lyric that Jonathan Pierce sung.

Jacob Graham and Jonathan were both overly theatrical, and it worked. These songs were meant to be sung in such a dramatic fashion, and it seemed appropriate. Jacob moved and spun with each swift guitar riff, making you feel attached to his each and every move. You couldn’t help but keep your eyes on stage. The highlight of the night was the incredible “Down By The Water” which the band absolutely nailed. It was powerful and full of plenty of emotion.

I will say it: The Drums are a live band. They bring an entirely different energy to their live shows. Do not pass up a chance to see them live. They freaking bring it.


Check out more, after the jump:

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[mp3]: The Drums – Down By The Water

By Will Oliver, August 3rd 2010 — with 4 comments

The Drums are allowing “Down By The Water” to be downloaded as a free mp3, so if you somehow haven’t heard the song or the band already, scoop it up legally/free at the end of the post.

“Down By The Water” is one of the band’s slower moments, but it’s a damn good moment at that. I really like the vintage summer sound that the band brings to the table. You have all probably heard it by now, but for those of you who this song is new to, enjoy:

[mp3]: The Drums – Down By The Water

You can also read an interview that NY Mag did with The Drums front-man/lead singer Jonathan Pierce right here.

After the jump, check out The Drums fall tour dates with the incredible Surfer Blood:

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[music video] The Drums – Forever And Ever Amen

By Will Oliver, May 24th 2010 — with 1 comment

On June 7th, the Brooklyn surf-pop band The Drums will release their self titled debut album The Drums, and I think it will be a perfect record for your warm summer moments. Check out the music video for “Forever And Ever Amen”, one of the songs on the album:

Also, be sure to grab a free mp3 of “It Will All End In Tears”, a song from their album that they gave away on their website.

[mp3]: The Drums – It Will All End In Tears

Thee Oh Sees at McCarren Park (June 14, 2014)

By Will Oliver, June 25th 2014


On Saturday June 14, Thee Oh Sees played a free daytime show at McCarren Park as a part of the Northside Festival.

This was the first NYC show featured the new live lineup of the band, who are a now an all-male trio featuring John Dwyer and two new members on the drums and bass respectively. Any concerns that I had about the band still kicking ass was immediately dispelled with the opening performance of “I Come From The Mountain” with was as ferocious and energetic as always. The trio works quite well, still finding the same energy and angst of the normal lineup. While I would have loved to catch them at Death By Audio as well, I was just thankful to catch these guys again live, considering they were supposed to be on hiatus.

Find more photos from the show posted below.
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Phoenix at Governors Ball 2014

By Will Oliver, June 11th 2014


I’ve had my fair share of Phoenix of late. Their Governors Ball set over the weekend was the fourth time I saw them in the past year; though I’m not complaining at all. Truthfully I went into their set not all that excited, and yet, those glorious French bastards wheeled me in again and reminded me why I love them so much.
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[music video]: Owen Pallett – Song For Five & Six

By Will Oliver, April 28th 2014

Owen Pallet

Owen Pallet will release his new album In Conflict on May 27 via Domino Records/Secret City Records (pushed back from its original May 13 release date).

He previously shared with us “On Path” and “The Riverbed” from the album, and last week he followed those up with a music video for album cut “Song For Five & Six.”

Replacing his trademark violin work are electronic swirls, some that set out to replicate where those trusty violins would have. There are actually some synth effects in there that remind me of some of the stuff The Drums did on Portamento.

Check out the video below, which features dancing done by students of the National Ballet School of Canada.
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Craft Spells - Nausea

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Justin Vellesteros and his band Craft Spells. Even longer since their last full-length album. Well thankfully they have announced a new one. It’s called Nausea and it’s out June 10 via Captured Tracks.

Nausea was recorded in Seattle, recorded/engineered by Dylan Wall and produced by Vallesteros himself. Vallestteros experienced artistic and personal growth during his hiatus away from the band, discovering a new version of himself when compared to the one that released 2010′s Idle Labor. He trained himself properly on piano, as it’s instrument from which all the tracks for Nausea were written. So clearly this new album is a new direction for the band.

The first taste of the album is single “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide.” Craft Spells have treated us with a free mp3 download of the song, and what a gift it is. Those wicked guitar lines are still there, but this time they are guiding by sweeping strings that add a whole different layer to their sound. It’s sounding sort of like the direction Wild Nothing took mixed in with the earnest nature of The Drums.

It’s an impressive comeback song. Grab your free download below.
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