The Drums est un quatuor originaire du quartier de Brooklyn à New York. Rassemblé autour du chanteur Jonathan Pierce, fondateur du groupe Elkland, et son ami d’enfance Jacob Graham (guitare) avec qui il a précédemment formé The Goat Explosion, The Drums comprend également Adam Kessler (guitare) et Connor Hanwick (batterie).
Vendu comme l’une des sensations de fin d’année 2009 aux Etats-Unis et en Angleterre, The Drums jette un pont enre le surf rock et le post punk dans son premier EP prometteur Summertime!. Six mois après, l’album The Drums fait du groupe la hype du moment en France où « Let’s Go Surfing » se classe dans le top des singles. Dès les premiers concerts à Manhattan, la foule se presse pour écouter ce mélange de rock sixties cool malmené par une tension héritée du post punk. Portamento, sorti en septembre 2011, livre de nouvelles pépites marquées par le son new wave des années 1980.
Leur 6ème album Mommy don’t spank me est sorti en avril 2021.
On Brutalism, the fifth LP from The Drums released in 2019 a lot is different. It is quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band’s ten-year career. The album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, but It doesn’t provide all the answers. Brutalism is a form of simplistic architecture defined by blocks of raw concrete. Brutalism is rooted in an emotional rawness but its layers are soft, intricate and warm, full of frivolous and exquisitely crafted pop songs that blast sunlight and high energy in the face of anxiety, solitude and crippling self-doubt.
In 2017, The Drums put out its first record as a solo project. Abysmal Thoughts belonged to Jonny Pierce alone. It discussed his painful divorce. Since, he has returned to New York and now lives between there and LA. “I felt my work in LA was done. I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral.” He wanted to deal with unresolved facets of his relationship with himself so he did therapy. “It was do or die,” he says. “Figuring out what it is that makes me happy, and acknowledging that I deal with depression.” He looks at Brutalism as an extension of self-care. “In order to take care of yourself you have to ask questions. Those are the things I needed to confront. It’s interesting talking about the past, dealing with things that are long overdue. I’m delivering something unsure and unclear.”