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The Drums

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 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, and by that summer, the band’s shows were gaining buzz. 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 electro-pop solo single "I Didn't Realise" late in 2012, while Graham formed the dreamy synth outfit Cascading Slopes, which issued the Maple Trees single in 2013. That November, the duo announced 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.~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
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Top Songs by
The Drums

  1.   Song
  2.   Money
  3.   Let's Go Surfing
  4.   Forever and Ever Amen
  5.   Saddest Summer
  6.   Days
  7.   How It Ended
  8.   Me and the Moon
  9.   Book of Revelation
  10.   In the Cold
  11.   Kiss Me Again
  12.   Best Friend
  13.   I Hope Time Doesn't Change Him
  14.   Made You Mine
  15.   If He Likes It Let Him Do It
  16.   We Tried
  17.   Skippin' Town
  18.   I Felt Stupid
  19.   We Found It
  20.   There Is Nothing Left
  21.   Face of God
  22.   Break My Heart
  23.   Blue Stripes
  24.   I Don't Know How to Love
  25.   Hard to Love
  26.   Instruct Me
  27.   It Will All End in Tears
  28.   Submarine
  29.   Deep in My Heart
  30.   I Can't Pretend
  31.   Magic Mountain
  32.   What You Were
  33.   Searching for Heaven
  34.   I Need a Doctor
  35.   The Future
  36.   I Need Fun in My Life
  37.   Book of Stories
  38.   Make You Mine
  39.   Down by the Water
  40.   Don't Be a Jerk, Johnny
  41.   Please Don't Leave
  42.   The Rules of Your Life
  43.   Wild Geese
  44.   Bell Laboratories
  45.   U.S. National Park
  46.   Let Me
  47.   I'll Never Drop My Sword
  48.   Yawn and Yell
  49.   Gochica
  50.   Forever and Ever Amen
  51.   Amen
  52.   It Will All End In
  53.   Skippin’ Town
  54.   Tears
  55.   Baby, That's Not the Point
  56.   You're The One That Makes Me Happy
  57.   Bell Labs

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