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The Drums

The DrumsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B003EELV1Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Highly anticipated 2010 full length debut album from the New York Post-Punkers. The four-piece played on the NME Awards Tour alongside The Maccabees, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Big Pink. They entered 2010 as one of the most tipped acts in the media. They featured at #5 in BBC Sound Poll 2010 and were #1 in Shazam. MSN, Pitchfork, MTV, The Observer, The Sunday Times Culture, Sunday Express, The Daily Mirror, The Sun, Heat and Q. Feaatures the singles 'Forever And Ever, Amen' and 'Best Friend'. Island.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Soundtrack August 19, 2010
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I bought this album after immediately falling in love with the track "It Will All End In Tears", which I got for free from U/O LSTN#10. I was pleasantly surprised to see the album on Amazon for only $5. If there was a soundtrack for a day at the beach in Southern California, this would have been it. Tracks like the one mentioned already and "The Future" also harken back 80's pop like Echo & The Bunnymen.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Were 23 and I Was 25 December 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is like Vampire Weekend in terms of the melodies and general mission statement, but it's Vampire Weekend in 1990 at a crazy dorm party for the gay kids and the art freaks, and they've been taking LOTS of MDMA or acid or something and listening to LOTS of the Smiths. And they're in their underwear, pretending to be at the beach.

Very good stuff, although I will say that I miss the 50s vibe of their first EP, Summertime!, and that the inclusion of some of those previous songs on this LP creates a clash of vibes at times. I guess I just feel like the 80s are getting strip-mined these days. But that could just be personal for me since I was obsessed with the EP for much of last year.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So good! August 6, 2010
By PennyKF
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I saw this recommended on StereoGum and thought, why not? Little did I know how addictive this album is! It is the perfect summertime music, and has a fun 80's pop feel to it. How can you resist a catchy pop song that starts, "You were my best friend, but then you died." Effing brilliant. The whole album is catchy, but not annoyingly so, and has great hooks and beats. Every time I play it, people ask me what it is and find themselves bopping along w/ the music. A nice break from some of the other crap that's floating around this summer. Totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roll your car windows down and throw your home windows up September 17, 2010
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If you loved Phoenix's "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix," you'll love this album.

The Drums are a crazy mix of influences. Some New Order/Joy Division. Some Tears for Fears. Some Ramones (possibly?). Some Morrissey.

They create a unique tension with music that breeds giddy optimism, and lyrics that are whimsical yet yearning.

When I listened to the album front to finish, I felt like I was in high school again. Not one bad song on the album.

If you love jangle pop and indie pop, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By bastien
Format:MP3 Music
The Drums by far are the best band I"ve heard in a long time. I'm highly tempted to see them live in every country! Jonathan Pierce lead singer is charismatic and holds your attention. Great band to see Live!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant beat! June 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD
US quartet Drums' eponymous album was recorded in a bedroom using a guitar, an old Roland keyboard, a microphone, a tambourine, and an old reverb machine, if singer Jonathan Pierce is to be believed. The result is rather Spartan but highly melodic Synth-Pop rich in harmonies and chiming sixties-sounding guitars.

Opening is the bouncy "Best friend", while "Me and the moon" opens with a beat remniscent of Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" before pulsing synths take over.

The sunny jangly "Let's go surfing" has a nice whistle refrain while Pierce sings "Mama, I wanna go surfing", and just as cheerful are "Forever and ever amen" and "It will all end in tears".

My favourite is the ballad "Down by the water" which is a melancholic slow shuffling Doo-wop song with pleading vocals. Closing is the atmospheric Beach Boys-channeling "The future".

The Drums supply a steady and pleasant beat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A shimmering mix of innocence and misery September 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD
It's hard not to make a beeline to the Drums' self-titled debut recording, because it is a shimmering, spectacle to all the wonders of mixing innocence and misery that fueled many of our adolescent yearning and experiences. Moreover, by honing pop music that sounds like it could have been lifted from the any of the past six decades, the band covers its bases and sources well while, amazingly, sounding a bit like a "lite" version of The Cure at moments.

But this trip down memory lane also holds dangers and sometimes the music here becomes just too ingratiating and sentimental. The problem is that everything seems like a glaze, and most of the songs follow a formula: combine a brisk beat; thin, jangly guitars (lots of them); bright vocals and echo chamber harmonies; and goose it all with lots of reverb.

Oddly, the opening tracks smacks of a drum machine instead of flesh and blood drumming, and the rhythm section seems flyweight when a bit more punch would add some heft to offset the cloying does of charm.

Still, it's a fun recording for blaring on a road trip or for playing volleyball on a strip of beach somewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Anywhere the girls are... July 12, 2014
Format:Audio CD
This is post-punk? Really? Somehow I don't believe the Pistols thought this was the direction in which they were shoving music. Weirdly enough I don't care for any of the 80's groups that get name checked in the other reviews (especially the Smiths) but I quite like this. Actually I was thinking more along the lines of The Fantastic Baggies.... no, lost you there, didn't I. I'd better just slink away quietly before any of you MP3 fans start to suspect how old I really am... but, uh, I'll just take this CD with me, OK? Wish I could whistle...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You!
Thanks so much to goHastings for being so quick on delivering my CD! The Drums are my favourite band ever and I love this album so much! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alison Chi
5.0 out of 5 stars Surfer meets Smiths with this amazing album
A fantastic combination of reverb, transient melodies and tones, and mildly dark lyrics make for a incredibly enjoyable listening experience.
Published 12 months ago by frnzferevolution
3.0 out of 5 stars the drums
The album was ok, some songs were cool others blew its like listening to joy division/CLINIC hybrid if joy division/CLINIC didn't have a pair of testicles on them, If i wanted to... Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by deadbeat
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubblegum that doesn't lose its flavor...
The Drums debut record is a fresh amalgam of 80's new wave, 50's rock and roll influences, and more contemporary seasonings. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by P. Stout
3.0 out of 5 stars Wannabe retro 80's
The Drums came along a few decades late. The sound is pure 80's new wave but without the verve or urgency that made the bands they seem to paying homage to, The Fixx, Thompson... Read more
Published on July 16, 2011 by Chas
5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy and fun!
I can't get enough of this mp3 album! Simple lyrics and catchy rhythms. A marriage between The Smiths and Haircut 100! Great New New Wave.
Published on May 26, 2011 by K. Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting sound
If you want to know what these guys sound like, imagine that The Ocean Blue had harbored a secret fetish for 50's crooning and harmonizing at the beach in Malibu. Read more
Published on April 8, 2011 by Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain good music!
You may pick this up or download this album because of their single "Let's Go Surfing," but the rest of the album doesn't sound like that, and that's a good thing. Read more
Published on January 1, 2011 by Michael B.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drums starring the old wave
This is by far a great album for those ones who enjoy living the 80's noltalgia in music which has been long gone already. Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by NUEVE
1.0 out of 5 stars Borrrring...
Sounded kinda catchy and potentially interesting at the listening station so I bought it. But after several listens at home, I can safely say that this record suuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. Read more
Published on September 25, 2010 by DaveB
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