Brutalism by The Drums

Now where have we heard that title before? What they lack in originality though they make up 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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Brutalism by The Drums
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6/10 Clinton 17 April 2019

On the Drums last album Abysmal Thoughts singer Jonny Pierce was left all on his own after Jacob Graham left to 'concentrate on his puppetry'. It showed somewhat as despite the odd good track it sounded more like a bedroom project than the energetic indie-pop of yore. I suggested he needed some friends and so here he's taken heed of my advice and drafted in pals to play drums or guitars or whatever was needed at the time. 

Straight away the energy levels are pretty high with electronics colliding with live drums and pumping beats on an album which shows some remnants of the Drums indie-pop beginnings but the Drums are a much more streamlined pop machine these days. Pierce's lyrics are raw at times brutal and always interesting but they suffer for that scourge of the batch of early noughties bands that have shed members is that no matter how talented the frontman, something goes forever once it becomes less of a band and more of a solo project. 

Tracks like Body Chemistry and 626 Bedford Avenue prove there are still hooks to get Pierce out his mess but there's not enough of them over the course of the album and despite the high end often inventive production the album lacks character to stand out from everything else doing a similar thing.  


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