THE DRUMS The Drums (Is­land/Down­town)

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John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink is a film whose New Wave-heavy sound­track ex­pertly re­pro­duced the jin­gle-jan­gle morn­ing of 1986. This al­bum by The Drums is a wor­thy se­quel. With a blissed-out beach vibe, this band crunches through 12 tracks that sound like a col­li­sion be­tween the an­gu­lar punk of Joy Di­vi­sion and the surfer an­thems of Dick Dale. There’s even a bril­liant bit of beach pop called “Let’s Go Surf­ing.” Giddy, whim­si­cal, and sur­pris­ingly un­self-con­scious for a group so skilled in chan­nel­ing its ’ 80s in­flu­ences, this band has been the toast of mu­sic blogs for months now. The Drums’ an­them-loaded, hook-heavy rock per­fectly cap­tures the coastal ob­ses­sion that in­die rock is cur­rently un­der­go­ing. What’s strik­ing about this al­bum is how well it bal­ances cin­e­matic stage-closers like “For­ever and Ever Amen,” with one-off, in­ti­mate dit­ties such as “I Need Fun in My Life” and “I’ll Never Drop My Sword” that are cer­tainly bound to show up this fall on young ro­man­tics’ mix tapes. Cur­rently on tour with the equally beach-crazed Florida band Surfer Blood, The Drums may be the band that fi­nally breaks this “down by the bay” hook-heavy genre out of the in­su­lar world of mu­sic mag­a­zines.

— Casey Sanchez

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