Where did all the rock'n'roll stars go? It's a question that's been on the lips of many a music critic and fan alike for some time now. In this post-everything musical landscape where no stones seem left unturned, is it still possible to create true icons? Looking at this year's - or by that token, any of the past few years - crop of rock'n'roll hopefuls, there's one band that stands out head, shoulders, and to be honest, waist above the rest of the vanguard. They are, of course, The Drums.
The NYC indie-pop four-piece that materialized seemingly out-of-nowhere mid 2009, looking, sounding, feeling just too good to be true. The Drums have hit upon exactly what so many indie bands of Now have been selling their souls to find out: what makes a really important band? As it turns out, it doesn't take the reinvention of any wheel. It just takes four friends, a clear-cut vision, and an all-consuming self-belief in every single note that leaves them. Oh, and a collection of some of the most timeless and instant indie-pop odes to have emerged in forever.
The Drums appeared in a slipstream of ice-water reverb and gleaming, desperate melody with their 'Summertime EP', featuring the anti-anthem 'Let's Go Surfing' and the soaring hooklines of 'I Felt Stupid'. They miraculously joined the dots between Sixties diner jukeboxes, dog-eared early Eighties new wave cassette comps, and late Eighties synth-punk coming-of-age movie soundtracks. They whipped the world's press into a frenzy the like of which hasn't been seen in many-a year. But now on the brink of their debut album release, you realise just how much you have to learn about your favourite new band, and amazingly, the best is still very much to come.