The Drums: bang on the mark
It’s about to become a little frenzied for childhood friends Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. The duo are The Drums, a band so new that they’ve still got the plastic wrapping on, but who have wowed everyone who has set eyes and ears on them since their first show in May.
Surf-pop vagrants and beach-bum dreamers with a fine taste in retro, post-punk sounds, they cite some under-appreciated releases on the late, great Tony Wilson’s Factory label, as well as 1950s and 1960s pop-culture, as influences.
The wowing for those of us who haven’t seen them yet can begin with their debut EP. Summertime! has infectious tunes bursting with sunny joie de vivre, every cut a-jangle with euphoric, giddy pop spirit and somewhat more melancholic, broody moods.
Catching both the expectation before and the comedown after a great day at the beach, each tune is as smart and dapper as you’d expect from two clean-cut minimalists channelling vintage US teen style. Think of them, then, as your favourite Mad Men heroes getting their teenage kicks before Madison Avenue came calling.
Hailing from Florida, Pierce and Graham first met as kids at a Christian summer camp in Pennsylvania. Both pursued individual musical notions until it made perfect sense to join forces.
When they started, their aim was to emulate Scottish post-punk band The Wake. “We heard their song Pale Spectre and went crazy,” says Pierce. “Maybe our music didn’t turn out sounding too much like The Wake, but we’re really just like everybody else, chasing that perfect pop song.”
No doubt that chase will continue well into 2010. The band’s debut album is due for release early next year and, if the current EP is any indication, expect it to be on the receiving end of a lot of love.