The Drums with Making Time at Voyeur [11/5/11]

Published on November 4th, 2011

Over the past couple years, The Drums have been invading must-listen lists all over the internet and opening act slots for bands such as Florence and the Machine and Kings of Leon. Their lo-fi surf rock could be described as the epitome of the 80’s revival sound exploding out of Brooklyn as of late, and they wear their hipster flags proudly.

Core members Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham started out as the electronic band Goat Explosion, but split eventually to pursue their own interests. Having ultimately both grown tired of their electronic sound, they dropped their synths and old projects, picked up their guitars and formed The Drums in late 2006.

Their sound is derived from influences such as The Smiths, Joy Division, and Orange Juice, but interestingly enough, Graham has stated that their main influence has been reverb in general and that “…if reverb didn’t exist we wouldn’t have bothered to start a band.” Their newest album, Portamento, was released last September and slightly re-exposes their listeners to their previous electronic sound. Jonathan Pierce explains the bands influences for each of the album’s songs in this very special stereogum article.

If you like the selections, check out The Drums live tomorrow (Saturday 11/5) with Making Time and Wu Lyf at the Voyeur. It is sure to be rad.

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