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The Drums have a new video for their song "Let's Go Surfing", You can check it out below. That track is on their Summertime EP as well as their RCRDLBL single, both of which are out now.

As far as upcoming shows, the band will NOT be at Glasslands this Friday (August 14th), nor will they will at Littlefield on August 29th. They dropped off both of those shows. However, they will play the FIXED dance party at the Tribeca Grand on August 22nd. And the band is still on the solid lineup for Insound's 10 Year anniversary party August 27th at the Brooklyn Bowl along with Cymbals Eat Guitars, These Are Powers, Real Estate and one TBA. Tickets for that are on sale.

Beyond those, The Drums have a gig at Mercury Lounge with Action Painters and Kordan on September 22nd, and a CMJ show at Santos in October. Tickets to the Merc show are on sale. Those dates, the video, and more pictures from the show they played at Bowery Ballroom on July 29th, below...

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The Drums - Let's Go Surfing

The Drums - 2009 Tour Dates
Aug 22 FIXED @ Tribeca Grand New York, New York
Aug 27 Brooklyn Bowl-INSOUND 10 Year Anniversary bash! Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Sep 22 The Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Oct 21 Santos (CMJ) New York, New York

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Comments (69)

this very well may be the most derivative song ever written. discuss.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:23 PM

the absolute worst.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:39 PM

Ouch... Owww.... I just got the worst abdominal pains, and the most piercing headache..........

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:41 PM

keep pushing, guys

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:41 PM

I like stiffy in the green tank on the right

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:42 PM

God I was dying for new pics. These guys are my new favorite band. I will follow them anywhere. Yum.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 5:52 PM

Keep canceling shows guys. Promoters and fans love it when bands pull out of shows on short notice. These kids are dicks.

Posted by Matt | August 11, 2009 6:16 PM

why did they pull out?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 6:29 PM

thats what he said

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 6:34 PM

Saw these "kids" at Bowery. If they're dicks they're fucking talented dicks. I still have the shit stuck in my head. GREAT live show..

Posted by sam8787 | August 11, 2009 6:45 PM

they should tour with Amazing Baby.....

Posted by rickythedragonsteamboat | August 11, 2009 6:57 PM

They absolutely killed at Mondo last friday. Saw them on the dance floor pretty late into the night afterward having a good time. I think most "dicks" would have scurried away right after the show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 7:10 PM

Ah, more signs of this bad economy as these poor lads have to share the same haircut. Desperate times, desperate measures as the saying goes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 7:32 PM

This is terrible. I'm very skeptical of these dudes. The recordings reek of big studio mastery and there's no creativity or inspiration whatsoever in their music. More like jumping the bandwagon with all the Brooklyn surf inspired bands of late. Remember what The Killers did with post punk? Yeah, this is sort of like that. but shittier.

Posted by cancel all your shows please | August 11, 2009 8:41 PM

Why the FUCK are you guys not covering the Gin Blossoms show at Hicksville high school right now? http://twitpic.com/dk7cn

Posted by Jeff | August 11, 2009 8:58 PM

More Gin Blossoms coverage! http://twitpic.com/dkaeh

Posted by Jeff | August 11, 2009 9:13 PM

Ricky the dragon is dead on. I've got the best/worst tour idea of the fall: Drums, Amanda Blank, Amazing Baby. Playing very big rooms, with very big egos and very few people.

Posted by rickythedragon supporter | August 11, 2009 9:20 PM

Found out about you! http://twitpic.com/dkag8

Posted by Jeff | August 11, 2009 9:21 PM

diddo to 5:42
even better looking at in person

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 9:44 PM

myspace.com/ethanlev
free weed, hot bitches, blake lively and zooey deschanel naked
check it

Posted by No | August 11, 2009 9:58 PM

OMG THIS IS THE WORST SONG I'VE EVER HEARD

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 10:42 PM

snarky snarky snarky... shit, brooklyn vegan fans are HATERS. These guys are so nice and so talented. One of the most refreshing live shows I've seen in ages. Go Drums!

Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:35 PM

being nice doesn't make their music any better. trite shite. novelty at best.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:47 PM

i don't feel like they live up to their name. the drums? there's only one drummer. and one haircut. and one song...

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:00 AM

fuck this shit. got no balls. whatever happened to my rock n' roll?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:17 AM

some of the nicest guys (and girls) I've ever had the pleasure of working with. loosen up kids. not everything needs to be dark, complicated and introspective.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:28 AM

The Glasslands show August 14th is still on sans Drums w/ The Sundelles/Raccoon Figher/Radio America . Free Colt 45 9 - 10
& Free Sangria 12 - 1. Starts at 9.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:09 AM

I'm sure they're nice people. But that has nothing to do with the whole thing lacking creativity and an obvious product development by someone. Yeah their very first show was in May and before the summer even ends and before the release of their debut ep, they're already signed to three labels, have three booking agencies, a couple of PR firms, and managed by 3d Artist Management. They also manage Coldplay, Santigold, Rilo Kiley, Jenny Lewis, Junkie XL, Serj Tankian, Interpol, so yes HUGE acts. Even some of the top blog hyped bands don't have any of that. Lucky break? Maybe. Instantaneous? Absolutely. But the timing is perfect. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, Blank Dogs, et al, enjoyed some mild success with surf/pop/factory records inspired rock (just like The Drums are described by reviewers). Now it's time for labels to exploit it! Yay for The Drums!

Posted by No thanks | August 12, 2009 2:37 AM

not every 3 minute pop song is some nefarious industry plot to co-opt the cash cow that is NOT indiepop...

lighten up. a good tune, this.

remember fun?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 5:29 AM

they're all cute but that drummer is yumyums.

Posted by lizranFAR | August 12, 2009 7:25 AM

the music sounds cheap and hackeneyed

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 8:44 AM

I think you mean "hackneyed" not "hackenyed."

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 9:07 AM

No thanks,

that's funny, because when I booked them they had no booking agent, no management, no label and no publicist, but you clearly know what you're talking about.

I stumbled upon them at their 2nd show, and ended up writing an article about them because I loved them so much. it happens. not everything is a big elaborate scheme with puppet masters controlling everything.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 9:08 AM

When your music is this shit and generic, you need an army of PR people to sell it to desperate-to-be-hip 17 year olds in the suburbs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 10:07 AM

"not everything needs to be dark, complicated and introspective."

true. clearly, you don't need the intensity of ian curtis to sound like joy division. you don't need interesting melodies or song structures to sound like early xtc. you don't need visceral lyrics (or a purpose) to sound like gang of four. but without these things all you have is sound, or I guess fun. 'sounds like' is about all this music has going for it (including the bridge that sounds a whole lot like the harmonizing guitar lines from "monkey gone to heaven")

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 10:42 AM

The bitterness over The Drums is bound to rival the bitterness over the Pains of Being Pure At Heart.

These are exciting times we're living in!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 10:45 AM

drums are so boring live after a few songs. pains of my ass are just as bad. the drums lead singer has this funny gay frontman schtick that is quite amusing though. but unoriginal and pretty deadpan songs. not to be a party pooper but they are already way too overhyped even though they aren't even hyped up THAT big yet.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:36 AM

If Belle & Sebastian formed and put out their first album today, BV commenters would be crying that they're overhyped and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:56 AM

Actually, I take that back. If The Smiths formed and put out their first album today, BV commenters would be crying that they're overhyped and boring.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:57 AM

the smiths are over-hyped and boring

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 11:59 AM

Hey 9:08 just look at their Myspace. They do have all that shit. Awesome you got fooled into booking these fools

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:08 PM

Can they really surf?......

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:21 PM

FUN!! i wanna go to the beach now

Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:23 PM

At 11:57am...

Um. No. If The Smiths formed and put out their first album today I'd have to admit that they are incredibly talented.

C'mon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:24 PM

The recordings are all perfect and then you hear them live and it's like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC4W5SEwdOk
Perfect pitch software is so great ain't it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:26 PM

I WANNA GO THROW UP

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:28 PM

I can picture Bodi singin this tune to himself while he's eating breakfast.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:34 PM

Hey 12:08,

yes, now they have booking agents and management, because they were playing really good shows and gaining so much buzz that labels and pr were knocking at their door to work with them.

10:42,
How often do bands like XTC, Joy Division and Gang of Four come around? Bands like those 3 are a very very rare breed. I listen to all 3 extensively, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy The Drums.

Just imagine what BV commenters would say about the first Beatles records if they were released today.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 12:40 PM

12:40,

i never said you couldn't enjoy the drums. you can enjoy anything.

just wasn't into the song. it's derivative and uninteresting in my opinion.

the first beatles records were great: melodically interesting, dynamic harmonies, songs with multiple sections (verses AND choruses, maybe even a bridge), decent musicianship, and without heavy irony or pretense. the drums, not so much. it's like looping a bassline from a joy division song and singing obnoxious cliches over it. just not for me i guess.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:16 PM

The first Beatles records weren't all that special.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 1:20 PM

^Oy...please don't mention The Beatles when discussing The Drums...even just to make a point. And I'm saying this as a person who sorta likes The Drums.

Posted by blackhat | August 12, 2009 1:30 PM

The Drums live (who I've seen and most of you haven't): silly lead singer, two bad guitar players hitting single notes out of sync with each other, three giggling and tonedeaf backup singers who act like they're in a karaoke bar, and a pretty good drummer -- oh yeah, and a fuckload of stuff on backing tape (bass, actual guitars, keys and electronic beats). The songs are trite and the stage act is cute for about 2 songs. Otherwise, this is thoroughly shallow and forgetable fluff-pop -- this OMD without the gravitas (that's a joke).

Factory Records it ain't even close.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 2:42 PM

I love them! They are so much fun!

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 3:10 PM

hey 2:42 - if you've actually seen them live, you'd know there's 2 "giggling and tonedeaf backup singers". Not 3. For fuck sake.

Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009 3:42 PM

But otherwise the assessment is pretty much spot on, I guess.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 6:25 PM

Whatever you say smart guy. You're the expert I'm sure.

Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009 7:21 PM

The truth does hurt sometimes.

Posted by Anonymous | August 12, 2009 7:41 PM

fuck these guys. I hope they eat shit and die.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2009 2:25 AM

I think that people feel the need to take time to talk about them(positive and negative) means they are on to something.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 2:26 AM

haha, they are whistling wrong notes. this is supposed to be that Swedish band?

Btw - whoever said 1st Beatles album would be criticized you're nuts. thats probably my favorite album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2009 2:34 AM

Sorry, these guys win: http://www.myspace.com/thedrumthedrums
They have 2 drum sets and John Dwyer from Thee Ohsees behind one of them. I don't think they like to surf, bros.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2009 5:13 AM

these guys dont surf.

Posted by nick | August 25, 2009 6:30 PM

let's just all meet up and chat.

Posted by Alison | August 25, 2009 7:13 PM

30 minute set. Should have killed it at 24 and the show would have been amazing

Posted by poo bear | September 23, 2009 1:41 AM

Did anyone notice that the guitarist (jacob?) is wearing the same shirt in the video and in those pictures.
He needs a shower.

Posted by OOOOO | September 29, 2009 1:39 PM

To all the negative people: The same remarks were made about New Order in the early 80s. In the end their sound defined a whole generations adolescence; just listen to the "Pretty In Pink" album, much of which was influenced by Joy Division and NO. These guys remind me of them. Give them a little time to find their own distinct sound, as for now I'm happy to listen to their music; much better than most of the American Idol and Jonas Brothers crap that has infected this generations music taste.

Posted by soundapple9 | October 26, 2009 3:15 AM

The energy this band gives off at their live show is like nothing I've ever experienced before. It makes you feel as though you're witnessing something extremely huge and really important happening right in front of your eyes. I feel lucky having seen them at a small club before they blow up (and we all know they will). If you don't like these guys, go see a live show and I promise you will leave a fan. Best front man, hands down.

Posted by Saran | October 7, 2010 4:52 PM

derp

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2010 5:11 PM

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