Posted in interviews | music on December 18, 2009

by Bill Pearis

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The Drums

Making their debut during this year's NYC Popfest back in May, The Drums appeared fully form out of the gate and made an instant splash thanks to their insanely catchy '80s-inspired songs (download two above) and tambourine-crazy, bouncing-off-the-walls live show. The band took a break from shows but return in 2010 to play Bowery Ballroom on January 13 before heading off on a European tour. Frontman Jonathan Pierce, guitarist Jacob Graham, drummer Connor Hanwick all contributed to our year-end questionnaire...

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You released a record in 2009. How'd that go?

Jacob: I think it went very well. It was actually just an EP, but who's counting?!

Jon: It seemed to go really well. It made some top album of 2009 lists, which is odd, I think, for an EP.

Adam: We released an EP called "Summertime" sort of late in the Fall, which seems wrong but felt right.

What was your most memorable musical moment of 2009?

Connor: Probably the time Jacob almost killed me by blindly throwing his tambourine at a show of ours.

Jacob: Meeting and recording with Mike Joyce (The Smiths).

Jon: Dancing and drunk with all my closest friends in my bedroom with the lights off. We just played Bridal Shop's Coming Real a thousand times. It really was perfect.

What about non-musical moment?

Connor: This summer as a whole, although that was comprised of a bunch of "music related" moments.

Jacob: I don't know that there were any non-musical moments for me in 2009.

Jon: My dog bit my closest friend, and it made me cry.

Favorite place to play in NYC?

Connor: The Beacon. Or Don Hills

Jacob: The Cake Shop

Adam: I really enjoyed our residency shows in June at the Annex.

Jon: Bowery. But most fond memory was Cake Shop.

Best new NYC-area band?

Connor: The Hairs

Jon: The Hairs -- half Knight School, half Pains. They have this song called "Duh x 12." Perfect pop!

Jacob: Knight School for sure. The Pains are pretty good too...

What's the best and worst thing about being in a band in NYC in 2009?

Connor: The best thing. Being in a place where people are constantly searching out new music. And everyone around the world still looks to NY as the foremost authority on good, new, and interesting music. The worst thing -- See above

Jacob: It rained a lot in the summer. Always on days when we had shows. Best thing would be the food.

What were your favorite albums of 2009?

Connor: Antony and the Johnsons-- The Crying Light. The Fresh & Onlys - Grey Eyed Girls.

Jacob: My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura and Our Temperance Movement by Cats on Fire

Jon: I think my fav two albums of the year were A Place To Bury Strangers - Exploding Head and JJ's debut. Both have some great songs.

Favorite Singles/Songs?

Connor: "Moon Dreams" by Desolation Wilderness, "Tonight" by The Smith Westerns

Jacob: "French Navy" by Camera Obscura. What a song! It's just crazy. And then a bunch of songs that we discovered that were released a long time ago. "17 Berlin" by My Favorite. Also very crazy.

Adam: The Raveonettes - "Bang" and "Wine"

Jon: "Things Will Never Be The Same Again" - JJ
"Swim" - Surfer Blood
"Duh x 12" - The Hairs
"Make Out Point" - The Young Friends

What was the best show you saw in 2009?

Connor: The Raveonettes at Webster Hall. Francis and The Lights at Zebulon

Jacob: Definitely Cats on Fire at the NYC Pop Fest. That was actually the best show I've ever seen in my whole life.

Jon: Cat's on Fire at Don Hills. Sorta took us all by storm.

Favorite Michael Jackson song?

Connor: "Never Can Say Goodbye"

Jon: "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough"

Adam: "Black or White"

What is the proper way to incorporate "meh" into your band name?

Connor: Ill leave that one to you or to the infamous comment section of this website.

Shitgaze, Glo-fi or Dark Wave?

Jacob: Probably Glo-fi, but I don't think I understand the question. I just think that sounds the nicest.

Jon: Shit-Wave.

Plans/predictions for 2010?

Connor: Tour. A lot. Record another album. Work.

Jon: Touring and releasing the record. I hope to fall in love.

Jacob: Just to keep doing what we're doin. Work hard and play harder. ...that sounds stupid. I meant play as in "playing shows" which is actually work. So just lots of working. Though shows can be fun, so I guess the lines blur a little. I want to shine a bright light into the darkness.

The Drums - 2009/2010 Tour Dates
Dec 31 River East Arts Center Chicago, Illinois
Jan 13 Bowery Ball Room New York, New York
Feb 4 O2 Academy Newcastle
Feb 5 Glasgow Barrowland Glasgow, Scotland
Feb 6 Manchester Academy Manchester
Feb 7 O2 Academy Leeds
Feb 9 Rock City Nottingham
Feb 10 UEA Norwich
Feb 11 O2 Academy Birmingham
Feb 13 Cardiff Uni Cardiff, Wales
Feb 14 Bristol Academy Bristol
Feb 15 Brighton Dome Brighton
Feb 16 Bournemouth Academy Bournemouth
Feb 18 Portsmouth Pyramid Portsmouth
Feb 19 Cambridge Corn Exchange Cambridge
Feb 20 London Brixton Academy London
Feb 22 Talking Heads Southhampton
Feb 23 Academy 2 Oxford
Feb 25 La Maroquinerie Paris
Feb 26 Bitterzoet Amsterdam
Feb 27 Lido Berlin

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Comments (27)

Great Conversation!
I can't explain that how much i am excited to watch this kind of brilliant interviews. Everyone is essentially shitting themselves over The Drums, and with good reason too. Their idealistic surf-pop is as close to perfect as it gets. With just a handful of tracks out, each slice of retro-gold is something to cherish.

Posted by brennessel | December 19, 2009 12:16 AM

"everyone"

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 1:01 AM

why do they dress like ian curtis?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 2:40 AM

Its really a nice way to share useful information with interesting topics and helpful ideas.

Posted by Music Love | December 19, 2009 5:25 AM

Monkeys in the armpit of justice!

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 6:02 AM

Drumehs

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 11:31 AM

2:40-cause they wish they were as talented as ian curtis.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 11:35 AM

Mehdrums...

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 6:30 PM

No one is shitting themselves over the Drums. They are a fake band. Fake like their earlier fake band Elkland...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U251tbM3gYk

These guys will disingenuously hop from one genre to the next hoping their looks will carry them. Please move back to Florida.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2009 11:21 PM

They should actually be OPENING for Sufer Blood and The Depreciation Guild. Not the other way around.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2009 3:56 AM

THEY ARE ON THE COVER OF NME MAGAZINE

awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | January 5, 2010 4:27 PM

Ian Curtis was a legend without any doubt, but was he more talented than The Drums... I don't know.. Maybe more ground breaking at the time. These guys might not have the most original sound/style but their talent for good song-writing consistently stands out. Joy D. was hit and miss.

Posted by Anonymous | January 18, 2010 10:45 AM

Comparisons are odious.

Right, you aren't going to state that they are better song writers than Curtis because that is just.. wild. Had you said they had nicer hair, or better sweatshirts, fine, but talent for songwriting? No.
Hit and miss? That of course is your opinion. You're wrong, but it is your opinion. Hit and miss?

The Drums are fine. Lets not compare the two.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 10:55 AM

Why do I get the sense that Jan. 18, 10:45 and Jan. 21, 10:55 are the same person? And that they're prolonging an inane, invented argument in a sad attempt to get people to care about The Drums? I just can't imagine:

a) that two separate comments by different authors would feature a meaningless string of two ellipsis, even accidentally..

b) that two separate comments would both contain the botched phrase "hit and miss." It's obviously "hit or miss," and you'd think 10:55 would have caught that or even corrected it inadvertantly.

c) that two separate people care about The Drums.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2010 11:12 AM

The drums rock! I wish I had enough money to go and see them perform. I really am interested in them, I know they are very talented. This is so awesome. Thanks for the great post.

Posted by fat burning furnace | February 11, 2010 3:02 PM

Why do I get the sense that Jan. 18, 10:45 and Jan. 21, 10:55 are the same person? And that they're prolonging an inane, invented argument in a sad attempt to get people to care about The Drums? I just can't imagine:

a) that two separate comments by different authors would feature a meaningless string of two ellipsis, even accidentally..

b) that two separate comments would both contain the botched phrase "hit and miss." It's obviously "hit or miss," and you'd think 10:55 would have caught that or even corrected it inadvertantly.

c) that two separate people care about The Drums..

Posted by Copy Xbox 360 Games | February 11, 2010 11:14 PM

VERY good!

loved it

Posted by Potty Training | February 25, 2010 4:24 PM

that guy rockin some serious

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that guy rockin some

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that guy rockin some serious dust

Posted by شات صوتي | February 27, 2010 5:22 AM

Great post.. I enjoyed reading this article. Good job
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Posted by Judith | March 5, 2010 4:03 PM

What a great interview. I love the Drums. I have always wanted to see them in concert. Its actually my dream.

Posted by Affordable Health Insurance | March 5, 2010 4:45 PM

This band has a tight agenda with all the up coming concerts!! good for them

Greets from NYC

Posted by NYC Limousine service | June 3, 2010 11:43 AM

waaaw

Posted by شات | August 24, 2010 12:10 AM

The whole Snow LP is pretty solid. And these guys easily sold out 3 NYC shows already.

^^^Maybe these are scalpers upset about the T5 addition?

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