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5.7

The Drums
The Drums

Scene: A housing estate flat in Manchester in the early 1980s. Two well-dressed youths sit at a table and have a discussion.

Morrisey: Hey Johnny, I think we should start a band, man.

Johnny Marr: I totally agree, Morrisey. But what kind of music should we play?

Morrisey: I think we should play Shangri Las-esque love ballads that have lots of reverb. We could call ourselves The Drums!

Johnny Marr: Fuck that. Let's write songs about dying and being bent and call our band The Smiths. Let some other bunch of wankers be The Drums in 30 years or so.

Morrisey: Sounds good to me.

Morrisey and Johnny Marr: Gooooooooo Smiths!!!!

The two youths leap into the air and hi-five. Everything is awesome.

End scene.

It's true, in the same vein as their buddies Best Coast and Surfer Blood, The Drums wear their influences on their Abercrombie & Fitch 'Classic Collection' sleeves. The lyrics reek of Morrisey's influence:

"You were my best friend. But then you died"
- Best Friend

"We tried, oh yeah we tried. But then we died. Oh yeah we died."
- We Tried

And the music could have easily been scored by Mongo Wilson, the retarded half-brother of the Beach Boys. But you know what, I don't really give a shit because this album is the perfect soundtrack to a summer. It's just a shame it's been released at the height of winter in Oz.

With it's chunky surf guitar lines, Casiotone swoons, reverb drenched cymbals, and overtly emotional vocals, I can picture myself listening to this record at a late night pool party, in between sipping on a can of flat beer/chlorinated water and trying to hide my erection from girls in bikinis.

Unfortunately I also get the vibe that it's an album that would be perfect for just ONE summer. It's one of those CDs you have in your car and listen to non-stop for three solid months, learning every lyric off by heart, before abandoning it in your Nissan Pintara's glove box along with Franz Ferdinand and Superheist.

I suppose that's the thing about imitations - they're maybe okay for a short-term fix, but before long the taste has gone bland and you're craving the originals.

On a side note: I'd like to nominate this bread sandwich of an album cover for the most boring/least evocative of 2010. It looks like something my Nan would learn to make in computer class at her nursing home.

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Comments

Tricks

I think you need to listen to the Smiths a little more. Proper score but.

1 decade ago

Remmy

I dig some of these guys songs. Makes me think of Joy Division bass lines mixed with vocals from The Cure. Although, they are one of those bands that you can tell are just raped by their stylist. i.e.. The Horrors, Cut off your Hands etc... Their photos & video clips look too perfect. You can just tell so much of what is being presented isn't the bands idea. After a certain point, it kinda feels like your being lied to.
I would like to hear the non-produced demos of this band. They would probably sound way better.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

So...whatever happened to the comment I made in regards to Remmy a few days ago? I was letting Remmy know that he was completely wrong about The Drums not being themselves. I can vouch for 2 members. My son and his good friend from childhood have totally refused to let anyone change them or change their style. They wear clothes they've had for years and they cut their own hair the way they want it. If you read anything the band says, they wrote totally selfish music, music that they loved, without caring what anyone else would think and prduced it themselved. Couldn't be much more wrong, Remmy. This is one band that is more honest than most and what they present is completely their own style and idea.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

hahaha. that is not my picture. but whatever...

who is that guy, anyways?

1 decade ago

Remmy

Firstly, the album was produced by Jonathan Pierce. Not the band. They are also signed to the Island label. If you get signed to a label like Island, your going to get a stylist. Do you really expect us to believe that a bunch of 21 year olds would come up with such a polished product if they were left to their own devices? Do you really expect us to believe that your a dad just hanging out on a music Blog... but you don't know who Billy Corgan is? I recon your full of shit Kim. I recon you probably work for The Drums publishing company or something. Your probably part of the "infiltrate youth WebPages division" Go commit your Hate Crimes somewhere else you nark! Hate crimes! :)

1 decade ago

(nobody)

You're is really you are, the apostrophe showing the 'a' is missing:
e.g. "You're really tall and your spiky hair makes you seem taller!"

Your is a possessive pronoun (used with hair above)
e.g. your car, your phone, etc.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Actually I'm a mom. No idea where that weird photo came from. But yeah, my son cuts his own hair and the rest of the band as well and wears clothes onstage he's been wearing for years. Jon did produce the album, but he and Jacob recorded most of that album in their bedroom here in Kissimmee where I live, before they moved to NY and after that they finished they didn't let anyone else touch it. This is why they stayed with Moshi Moshi, the subsidiary of Island, because they let them continue to do things their own way. The Drums are so stuck into their own style that they demanded to pick out their own suits and order their own alterations for the GQ photo shoot that they did. Why do you call me a hater? I love The Drums and am just trying to get you to stop hating... At least don't make statements that you aren't sure are true. please.

1 decade ago

kim

ok, so I actually made an account so I wouldn't have to have that guys picture anymore. lol!

1 decade ago

Remmy

Well thanks for the spelling lesson. Just to be clarify... if I was to say, "you're a Nob" that would be the correct use of the word would it not?

As for you Kim... its good to hear your kid is keeping it so real. I can see where your boy gets his good looks from... I'd put my real photo up but, I'm Ben Lee's Dad you see. People would think its a photo of a monkeys shaved arsehole!

:)

1 decade ago

(nobody)

It’s a grammar lesson, not a spelling lesson. And wouldn't it be, 'you're a knob'. I'm not sure I know what a 'nob' is, sorry.

1 decade ago

kim

hahaha. NOW it's a spelling lesson...
or is there such a thing as a "nob"?

(c'mon Remmy, I think you should lose the mask)

1 decade ago

kim

hey, Mr. "Tips for Remmy...", why did I have your photo before? Didn't mean to appear unappreciative, btw. However, we don't really favor.

1 decade ago

kidalias

Mongo Wilson lulz.

1 decade ago

Remmy

Come on "Tips for Remmy...", I'm sure if you try really hard, you can work out what a "Nob" is. I can tell you're good at trying hard...

1 decade ago

(nobody)

this album is the most derivative cynical pile of shit i've heard this week. last week best coast. next week, who knows.... better log on to pitchfork i suppose. in other news die die die rekease an album worth listening too - and even paying for - shock horror!?

1 decade ago

Aaaaaaaaaron

The new Die! Die! Die! album is top drawer. Fantastic release.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

Ha ha! Typical, a guy who just says shit without any real idea. These people are usually referred to as 'HATERS'.

Remmy your ass got owned by a mom.

And leave Ben Lee alone, he's got more talent than you'll ever have in a shaved monkey ass life time.

1 decade ago

bubbaboognish

Spelling Lesson #3

"Remmy your ass* got owned** by a mom***"

*arse
**pwned
***Mum

1 decade ago

Remmy

Shit, I'm getting smoked buy MILFs & spelling Nazis all over this thread! I'm out. Enjoy sports Fans! :)

1 decade ago

Rav

Who the fuck let a Ben Lee fan in the room? Someone grab the cunt repellant.

1 decade ago

Rav

Who the fuck let a Ben Lee fan in the room? Someone grab the cunt repellant.

1 decade ago

(nobody)

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1 decade ago

(nobody)

Rav.

don't be too cool for your internet self.

We both know you're a dork.

1 decade ago

Remmy

History's to 5 biggest Kunts:

#1 Satan

#2 Hitler

#3 Ben Lee

#4 George W Bush

#5 Stalin

:)

1 decade ago

Lochy

what about Pol Pot?

1 decade ago

Lochy

Stalin should be top of that list also!

1 decade ago

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