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The Drums

Mixing Factory Records-style indie and '50s-inspired melodies, the Drums is the project of singer/songwriter Jonny Pierce. Pierce began making music with childhood friend Jacob Graham while they were teens as the electropop duo Goat Explosion. 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. 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 electropop solo single "I Didn't Realise" late in 2012, while Graham formed the dreamy synth outfit Cascading Slopes. That November, the duo announced that 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. Following a bad breakup, Pierce took some time away from music and relocated to Los Angeles; meanwhile, Graham left the Drums in 2016 to focus on his puppetry career and his band, Sound of Ceres. For the Drums' cheerily heartbroken 2017 album, Abysmal Thoughts, Pierce wrote and played everything on his own during sessions engineered by Eaters' Jonathan Schenke. ~ Heather Phares
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  1.   Song
  2.   Let's Go Surfing
  3.   Forever and Ever Amen
  4.   Money
  5.   Saddest Summer
  6.   Blood Under My Belt
  7.   Days
  8.   How It Ended
  9.   Heart Basel
  10.   Head of the Horse
  11.   Me and the Moon
  12.   There Is Nothing Left
  13.   Book of Revelation
  14.   Down by the Water
  15.   What You Were
  16.   Don't Be a Jerk, Johnny
  17.   Rich Kids
  18.   I'll Fight for Your Life
  19.   Face of God
  20.   Kiss Me Again
  21.   I Hope Time Doesn't Change Him
  22.   I Can't Pretend
  23.   Blue Stripes
  24.   In the Cold
  25.   I Don't Know How to Love
  26.   Hard to Love
  27.   I Need Fun in My Life
  28.   We Tried
  29.   Book of Stories
  30.   Submarine
  31.   Are U Fucked
  32.   Best Friend
  33.   If All We Share (Means Nothing)
  34.   Shoot the Sun Down
  35.   Mirror
  36.   Wild Geese
  37.   Bell Laboratories
  38.   Please Don't Leave
  39.   If He Likes It Let Him Do It
  40.   I Need a Doctor
  41.   The Future
  42.   It Will All End in Tears
  43.   Skippin' Town
  44.   The New World
  45.   U.S. National Park
  46.   Magic Mountain
  47.   I Felt Stupid
  48.   Abysmal Thoughts
  49.   Your Tenderness
  50.   Under the Ice
  51.   The Rules of Your Life
  52.   Deep in My Heart
  53.   Let Me
  54.   Searching for Heaven
  55.   Make You Mine
  56.   I'll Never Drop My Sword
  57.   We Found It
  58.   Instruct Me
  59.   Break My Heart

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