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Like their sonic forebears The Smiths, The Drums have a signature move of mixing sweet and sour: their mostly morose lyrics ride over a bed of deceptively cheery indie pop. Following the success of 2011's lovely Portmanteau, the band toured heavily and lost one of their members in the process. Encyclopedia is the product of founding members Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham holing themselves up in a cabin in upstate New York, which might explain its shut-in quality. It's a gloomy record, almost gothic, with songs like "Let Me" and "Face of God" evoking Joy Division's somber drone, and others such as "I Can't Pretend" and "Bell Laboratories" exploring languid rhythms and gossamer textures. The smirking pep of previous releases shows up in tracks like "Kiss Me Again," but Encyclopedia is better suited to rainy days than sunny ones.

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Modern day “The Cure” Band

This band is so perfect. Every single song is so catchy, different and full of deep meanings. I hope this band lives on forever.

I really like this album

I’ve been a fan of The Drums’ fast, sad songs like “I Don’t Know How To Love” and while this album has a different feel, there are still so many great songs like that, that feel lonely and sad.

When I heard, “I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him” the first time, I was blown away. The delivery of the first line, so forlorn and sad, is amazing.

“Wild Geese” however is on a whole other level. It’s got an electric sound, but it’s as if The Drums decided to do a soundtrack for Zelda….the sadness and loneliness they are able to convey gets me every time. Jonny’s voice just transmits something so unique.

It seemed as if “Magic Mountain” didn’t get as warm of a welcome, but it really is a great song. You have to give this album time to real sink in.

I don’t know how to put exactly into words the emotional journey this album will take you on, but it’s a great one.


serious bizniz, seriously great.


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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