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Where The Drums’ 2010 eponymous debut contrasted early-‘60s surf music with ‘80s Factory Records-flavored indie rock, their 2011 sophomore album Portamento packs up the beach blanket under grey skies for an even gloomier sound. The catchy “Book of Revelation” opens musing on a secular take of the “carpe diem” adage over nouveau post-punk pop. Pierce’s fascination with the afterlife is explored in the minimal “Searching for Heaven” where he croons in a falsetto trill over stark synths. Slight vestiges of the band’s affection for bygone beach tones surface in the upbeat “What You Were.” Here their backing Beach Boy-inspired vocals coo underneath tambourine, saxophone and jangly guitars. “Money” is a similarly catchy ditty with verses that recall early Smiths recordings. Bonus track “What We Had” is a lovelorn serenade trimmed in muted bass, symphonic synths, whistles, and reverb.

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Again another fantastic album!!

It's The Drums! A modern Joy Division/ Cure, they are in fact one of the best bands ever and this album is a testament to that.

Another GREAT album by The Drums

I like that The Drums have found their musical niche and keep doing what they are doing. The have their own sound, doubtless. A great band.

Great band

These guys are a mix of The smiths and the cure true early 80s musica ....


Formed: 2008 in New York, NY [Brooklyn]

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An unlikely but undeniably catchy mix of Factory Records-style indie and '50s-inspired melodies, the Drums have roots that can be traced to the childhood friendship of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. After meeting at summer camp, the pair formed the electro-pop duo Goat Explosion while they were still in their teens. 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...
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Portamento (Bonus Track Version), The Drums
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Sep 06, 2011

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