On September 23rd, New York City based Indie Rock group ‘The Drums’ released their highly anticipated album ‘Encyclopedia’ via Minor Records. Being a fan of The Drums, I highly appraise their self titled album ‘The Drums’ and sophomore album ‘Portamento.’ Their self titled album allowed them to gain fans from all over the world by setting a certain sound to their music. However, in my opinion ‘Portamento’ was a better LP. I believe every track on that record had a darker and more matured tone to it. ‘Portamento’ reminded me of a few influential bands from the past, such as Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Cure. I was supposed to see The Drums perform at the El Rey Theatre on May 14, 2012, but unfortunately couldn’t make it. From what I heard, that was a very intimate and amazing show. Later on that year, Jonny Pierce (the lead singer of The Drums) announced that he’d be working on a solo project and that he’d be taking a break from The Drums. So, you could already imagine, I was very mad at myself for not making it to that show at the El Rey. By updating myself on The Drums in the past couple years, I read that the group nearly broke up and dissolved. Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, who have been close friends since childhood, decided to continue The Drums without the past members. So for the time being they are a musical duo. At first I thought; “Sure, The Drums have a new LP thats been recorded, it’s exciting because I love the band, but will they be the same?” After listening to Encyclopedia I realized that they are not the same as before, they’re better. Songs such as “Let Me”, “Deep In My Heart”, and “I Hope Time Doesn’t Change Him” are solid tracks that prove that The Drums never lost their touch, and for some fans such as myself, they are better than before. Backside Records currently carries the new release ‘Encyclopedia’ and we always restock on ‘The Drums’ and ‘Portamento’. For those of you who would like to see The Drums perform live, they will be at The Mayan Theatre on Sunday October 5, 2014.
Jonny and Jacob, don’t ever break up The Drums…ever!
- Darone Sassounian