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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.
20th August 2012
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29th June 2012
Matthew McConaughey thinks stripping is like ''a drug''. The 42-year-old actor - who stars as former stripper Dallas in forthcoming...
28th June 2012
Metallica's Lars Ulrich feels he's ''regressed,'' when it comes to playing drums. The sticksman may have been with the band...
19th June 2012
Phil Collins will never return to performing because he doesn't want to do things ''half-assed''.The multi-talented musician was forced to...
8th June 2012
Critics pretty much roared their disapproval at the first two Madagascar movies, but several are fairly beating the drums for...
17th June 2010
Too good looking to be relevant or credit worthy? Too over hyped as the next...
9th April 2010
The Drums are set to release their new single 'Best Friend' with a few...
13th October 2009
Review of The Drums EP Summertime released through Moshi Moshi.Although currently based in the Brooklyn...
20th February 2012
The Drums have called in Danish house producer Trentemoller for the first of two very different...
30th August 2011
With just 6 days until the release of their return album 'Portamento' and single 'Money' (...
22nd August 2011
With just two weeks to go until the Early Bird ticket deadline, festival goers are urged to get...
22nd September 2010
"There have been some questions as to recent events and we are sad to confirm that Adam Kessler...