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Now where have we heard that title before? What they lack in originality though they make up in....um.....um....ah I know... explanations for band member departures. This is their second album since founding member Jacob Graham left to 'concentrate on his puppetry' and sees Jonny Pierce draft in a drummer for the first time. The press release bleats that this is their best collection of songs yet.   

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Abysmal Thoughts

The Drums have released a twelve-part full length record entitled ‘Abysmal Thoughts’. The release can be described as a glorious delirium of multi-instrumental excellence. Pierce has found himself in full control of every aspect of this record, including the songwriting. This mix of cool vocals, indie and soft rock is available on Vinyl Double LP and CD.

The Drums

Brooklyn's surfiest indie pop band, The Drums, have been away for three years, but they're back with third record 'Encyclopedia', which was of course recorded at a summery lakeside cabin. Despite being known for making straightforward and catchy pop, Jacob Graham has excitedly described 'Encyclopedia' as "interesting and bizzare", though the duo retain their affection for jangly guitar riffs and slacker drums. The record is also the band's first without guitarist Connor Hanwick, who quit while touring 'Portamento'.   Tracks: Magic Mountain I Can’t Pretend I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him Kiss Me Again Let Me Break My Heart Face of God US National Park Deep In My Heart Bell Labs There is Nothing Left Wild Geese

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Magic Mountain

"Magic Mountain" is a pretty ferocious Drums song, which sounds like an oxymoron for a band who sing in sweet voices and clean their guitar until they can see their face in it -- but hey, we haven't seen these dudes in three years. It's the opener to their new record 'Encyclopedia', which sees the band as a duo and promises to be a slightly more experimental take on a very fashionable pop band. Now you can grab "Magic Mountain" as a 7" with the b-side "Rules Of Your Life". 

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I Can't Pretend

This is the second single taken from The Drums new album 'Encyclopedia'. The first 'Magic Mountain' was a rather excellent upgrade of their previous C86-inspired indie sound to something a little tougher but not lacking melody. This too is a rather smart pop confection full of fuzzy guitars and breathy vocals. You can hear the Cure all the way through but a little more vibrant than Fat Bob's lot.