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.
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The Drums have shed members as if having actual people in bands has gone out of fashion (it has). They now consist of just Jonny Pierce all on his todd with Jacob Graham having left to 'concentrate on his puppetry' which is one of the most inventive band split explanations I've heard in recent years.
No pals then but if you like the Drums previously then you will get everything you could possibly want in the opening track 'Mirror'. It's an excellent slice of electronic pop with hooks galore that sounds something like New Order, The Smiths and Soft Cell all playing at once. Worryingly though 'Blood Under My Belt' has a melody so similar that I am suspicious that I'm listening to the same track again, better is 'Head of the Horse' with has twisting dancing guitar rhythms burst out from all over the place.
Here the Drums have perhaps gone back to the sound that made their early records so delicious but still something is missing. There's just not the visceral pop thrill of yore and I wonder if they do miss being a full band. It's sleek listenable indie pop but they sound less like an out of time indie pop band and are more of a home synth pop project. Friends required I think.
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