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4.5 out of 5

26 Ratings

泉は涸れたのか

フィジカル・グラフィティ,

残念だ。前作はあれほど瑞々しく怠惰で儚かったのに。。。
最初から最後まで凡庸な曲が並ぶだけとは。
Let's Go Surfing
Forever and Ever Amen
It Will All End in Tears
こうした曲はもう出てこないのか。
The Vaccines も新作のカップリングはイマイチだったし、
好きなバンドの失速を見るのは辛い。
次作に期待するが、We Triedなどとは言ってほしくないものだ。

迷い惑うは迷惑と読む

よしちぃ,

1stやEPはあっけらかんとした軽さや瑞々しさがあって単純に楽しめたが、Adamの脱退もあってか、内省的というか「暗い」アルバムになってしまった。
元々のバンドコンセプトからしてJoy Divisionの影響が強い彼らだからして、暗いこと自体は意外でも何でもない。
ただ、口数は多くても何が言いたいのかわからないおしゃべりさんと似て、曲数は多いが何を思って、どういうアルバムにしたかったのか、未だに理解できない。
寄せ集めのごった煮なら、まだ、彼ららしくていいのだが、曲調が割と統一されて(ベースラインが単調なせい?)いるのに突飛な曲が混ざったり、最後の曲"Wendy"の(1stなら違和感なかっただろう)シンセなんかまるっきり浮いている。
結果として平凡な出来。一曲一曲は結構好きなのも多いんだけどね。
結局迷っているのだな。彼らに今必要なのは、開き直りだと思う次第。悩むな青年。病むぞ。

About The Drums

Mixing Factory Records-style indie and '50s-inspired melodies, the Drums is the project of singer/songwriter Jonny Pierce. Pierce began making music with childhood friend Jacob Graham while they were teens as the electropop duo Goat Explosion. However, the band split and Pierce and Graham went on to other projects: Graham formed the indie pop group Horse Shoes, who released an EP on Shelflife in 2009. Meanwhile, Pierce and another friend, Adam Kessler, founded the new wave-inspired band Elkland, who were signed to Columbia Records and issued the album Golden in 2005. That year, Pierce left the band (which broke up in 2006) and took a hiatus from making music. In 2008, Graham and Pierce reconnected and began writing songs together, trading the electronic direction of their earlier collaboration for a guitar-based approach. Early the following year, Pierce and Graham moved from central Florida to New York City, where Kessler became their second guitarist. With the addition of drummer Connor Hanwick, formerly of Cape of No Hope, the Drums' lineup was complete. Moshi Moshi released the Drums' singles "Let's Go Surfing" and "I Felt Stupid," and their debut EP, Summertime!, arrived late in 2009. The singles "Best Friend" and "Forever and Ever Amen" preceded the band's self-titled first album, which Moshi Moshi released in the U.K. in spring 2010; it arrived in the States that autumn.

During their first U.S. tour, Kessler left the group; friend of the band Tom Haslow played guitar for the rest of those dates. The Drums commenced writing and recording as a trio, releasing their first single with this lineup, "The New World," in April 2011. Recruiting Violens' Chris Stein and Myles Matheny as members of their touring act, the band released the darker, keyboard-heavy Portamento that September. Hanwick, who had switched from drums to guitar, left the Drums during their 2012 tour. Pierce and Graham took time to regroup, each announcing solo projects. Pierce released the electropop solo single "I Didn't Realise" late in 2012, while Graham formed the dreamy synth outfit Cascading Slopes. That November, the duo announced that another Drums album was on the way; recorded in a lakeside cabin in upstate New York, 2014's Encyclopedia ranged from Pixies-esque rock to folk-pop. Following a bad breakup, Pierce took some time away from music and relocated to Los Angeles; meanwhile, Graham left the Drums in 2016 to focus on his puppetry career and his band, Sound of Ceres. For the Drums' cheerily heartbroken 2017 album, Abysmal Thoughts, Pierce wrote and played everything on his own during sessions engineered by Eaters' Jonathan Schenke. ~ Heather Phares

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