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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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The Drums what else is to say

Love the band since the first album and starting up in Florida being a Miami native makes me proud that we have this talent out of Florida ......


Just had to delete two songs so in all the album is good jus purchased all 3 albums


I love it! I wish I could meet Jonny and Jacob!!


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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