Posted in music | pictures on November 3, 2011

photos by Toby Tenenbaum

The Drums @ Bowery Ballroom
The Drums

"Lead singer Jonny Pierce's stage presence last night was reminiscent of the glory days of Morrissey as he swayed to the beat and delivered his moody, but brilliant lyrics about breaking up, money and death. Pierce told the crowd that the band is winding down from their North American tour before playing the non-album track "I Felt Stupid." Other highlights included great versions of their "Portamento" songs "Money," "I Need a Doctor" and "If He Likes It Let Him Do It." The crowd of course lost their minds during songs such as "it Will All End In Tears," "The Future" and "Best Friend," which Jonny Pierce dedicated to his dead best friend." -[according to g]
The Drums headlined Bowery Ballroom last night (11/2), part one of their three night, November NYC stint which includes a stop at Music Hall of Williamsburg TONIGHT (11/3), and a return to Bowery Ballroom on 11/7. All three shows are/were sold out. Support from last night, Patrick Cleandenim & Regal Degal, will also be on hand for tonight's festivities but Grand Rapids will sub-in for Regal Degal at Bowery Ballroom round two. Regal Degal also play Shea Stadium tonight.

More Bowery Ballroom pictures (including The Drums' setlist), and more Drums dates, below...

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THE DRUMS - 2011 TOUR DATES
Thu 3rd Nov 2011 Music Hall of Williamsburg , Brooklyn, NY, United States
Sat 5th Nov 2011 Making Time at Voyeur Night Club, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Sun 6th Nov 2011 Black Cat, Washington, DC, United States
Mon 7th Nov 2011 The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY, United States
Wed 16th Nov 2011 Razzmatazz, Barcelona, , Spain
Fri 18th Nov 2011 Magazzini Generali, Milan, , Italy
Sat 19th Nov 2011 Komplex, Zurich, , Switzerland
Sun 20th Nov 2011 Ampere, M√ľnchen, , Germany
Tue 22nd Nov 2011 Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg, , Germany
Wed 23rd Nov 2011 Gebaude 9, Cologne, , Germany
Thu 24th Nov 2011 La Machine, Paris, , France
Fri 25th Nov 2011 Effenaar, Eindhoven, , Netherlands
Sat 26th Nov 2011 Rockhal, Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Mon 28th Nov 2011 HMV Institute, Birmingham, Digbeth, United Kingdom
Tue 29th Nov 2011 O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle, , United Kingdom
Wed 30th Nov 2011 Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Thu 1st Dec 2011 Heineken Music, Dublin, , Ireland
Fri 2nd Dec 2011 Elecctronic Beats Festival 2011, Warsaw, , Poland
Sat 3rd Dec 2011 Glasgow ABC1, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sun 4th Dec 2011 HMV Picture House, Edinburgh, , United Kingdom
Mon 5th Dec 2011 The Junction, Cambridge, , United Kingdom
Tue 6th Dec 2011 Pyramids, Portsmouth, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Thu 8th Dec 2011 O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol, Somerset, United Kingdom
Fri 9th Dec 2011 O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, , United Kingdom
Sat 10th Dec 2011 The Ritz, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Sat 28th Jan 2012 Laneway Festival, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Sat 4th Feb 2012 Laneway Festival, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Sun 5th Feb 2012 Laneway Festival, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Fri 10th Feb 2012 Laneway Festival, Adelaide, SA, Australia
Sat 11th Feb 2012 Laneway Festival, Perth, WA, Australia
Sun 12th Feb 2012 Laneway Festival, Fort Canning, , Singapore

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Comments (61)

The Drums! great marketing

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 3:49 PM

Is this the HIV-fest or something? Toss a few sandwiches at these people for christ sake.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 3:54 PM

Drums = Amehzing Baby

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:01 PM

Great show. So many dicks in the crowd though.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:06 PM

"was reminiscent of the glory days of Morrissey as he swayed to the beat and delivered his moody, but brilliant lyrics" whats that reviewer on man?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:19 PM

I feel like The Drums are the epitome of everything bad in indie music today

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:27 PM

that snippet reads like a really first rate middle school review.

also, remember when this band was called Elkland?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:32 PM

Set times?

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:46 PM

Yea somehow at SXSW in 2009 they played the biggest stage there and they hadnt even put out an lp at that point. Must have been island def jam or something pulling strings. the other bands after them were broken social scene, band of horses and drive by trucks. Not that I like any of those bands- they have just put enough work in to be able to deserve a bigger stage as opposed to these dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:50 PM

and at that point they were still playing with a backing track and they delayed the show because the drummer couldnt hear it in his in ear monitors. they got all pissy and walked away while the techs tried to fix the problem

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 4:51 PM

to summarize:

1) everything wrong in music today
2) only successful due to marketing, not real music
3) prissy jerks

yup, i agree.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 5:16 PM

regaldegalNOTplayingsheastadiumtonight

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 5:23 PM

Everyone rips on this band but they're pretty good live -- Very entertaining. Better live than on recordings.

There's a lot worse shit out in the world of indie rock than the Drums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 6:00 PM

portamento album of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 6:09 PM

5:16 please summarize all BV posts that get more than 10 comments, thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 6:17 PM

Oh god, are they still trying to make the Drums happen? Its just a bunch of privileged suburban white kids singing about the privileged suburban white kid experience to other privileged suburban white kids. The next single will be called "Black people scare us" off their new album, "Gentrification is Beautiful."
In all seriousness, they represent the death of culture. So terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 7:11 PM

love how the keyboardist is packing a modular - really now...

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 8:35 PM

7:11 wishes deep down he was a privileged suburban white kids

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 8:38 PM

7:11 probably is a privileged suburban white kid. Only privileged suburban white kids get on the internet to complain about privileged suburban white kids.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 9:46 PM

711 here. Nope, Im not white. Im a brown hispanic living in BedStuy who watched first hand as those clowns were flown in from Ohio and declared great by their connections already in the industry. Theyre crap and theyre being marketed to all those privileged white kids in Williamsburg. The idea being that these safe white kids are like you! NYC can be safe and white, like the Drums. This could be you! as long as your white. Do I sound unpleasant? Sorry, us brown people tend to do that. Scary!

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 10:20 PM

The people who go to Drums concerts aren't from Williamsburg. They are suburban kids who are too stupid and gullible to realize that this is soul-less cookie cutter fake "indie" packaged to appeal to the lowest common denominator of "alternative" fans.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 11:21 PM

Well, it seems unrealistic to reject all bands that comprise white suburban kids playing guitars, as that is basically the status quo of indie. Real Estate, Titus Andronicus, Chairlift, etc - you can parase who is on a major label, but when it comes down to it, it's the quality of the songs, not the backstory of alleged "indie virtue," when labels like Matador/XL are content to market Adele and Island released PULP.

Posted by Anonymous | November 3, 2011 11:40 PM

yo you know what 7:11 you really need to shut your mouth since i can smell your shit comments from miles away...i am so sick and damn tired of people hating on people like the drums for no reason. why can't you just suck it up and admit their catchy and simple melodies and lyrics that go deep but are explained by uncomplicated metaphors actually make your earius get tickled? how can you say they're crap when their music actually, uh, sounds pretty good. you're just a clown.

Posted by frustrated with haters | November 4, 2011 12:51 AM

If you think that this fraud Drums band is comparable to people like Real Estate or Titus, then you're an idiot. Real Estate and Titus have their faults, believe me, but they have talent, integrity and have something to say. The Drums write meaningless pop for the mindless, all housed within a pre-packaged, PR-created "buzz". I wouldn't be surprised if there was some Disney money behind them.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 12:56 AM

Alright so explain this to me please! Almost every post on this page is about how much nobody likes The Drums. So if all you people on here don't like them how do you even know enough about them not too. Why would you even read this page anyway,and waste your time to bash them. The Drums are the closest thing the U.S. Will ever have to what The Smiths were in the U.K. People will either love them or hate them..........

Posted by Too many Dicks on this page....... | November 4, 2011 1:53 AM

1:53
people know about them because of marketing and PR. that's established

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 2:15 AM

12:56- you must be drinking too much indie Kool-Aid if you think there is so much "integrity" behind a forgettable band like Real Estate. Also I would love to know what those bands have to say exactly.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 2:52 AM

Real Estate is better than The Drums, but Ducktails is actually the worst thing in indie music now. Do the math.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:01 AM

Kind of let down there were not more rainbow flags present. C'mon, sistahs and closet queens, get yo freak on for The Drums!!!! Silence = Death, y'all.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 7:44 AM

To say that the drums are comparable to the Smiths is like saying Lindsey Lohan is comparable to Audrey Hepburn.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 7:57 AM

To say that the Drums are comparable to the Smiths is like saying Adolf Hitler is comparable to Martin Luther King.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 8:19 AM

BV, I served with The Smiths, I knew The Smiths, The Smiths were friends of mine. BV, The Drums are no The Smiths.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 8:34 AM

The Crumbs. Also the drums are not catchy, are all marketing, were engineered by suits in a lab...are sooooo white

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 9:35 AM

Im not a fan of mindless negativity on the net but these comments are so true. Me and my friends saw the Drums live in Philly and they were terrible. It really is just marketing.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:32 AM

Some of the above comments are pretty damn pretentious.

"I don't like this band so that means they're for idiots."

Sure, its meaningless pop music but that sort of thing has its place and can be enjoyed. Everything doesn't have to have some mega deep meaning to it. Pop is pop, and that's ok.

And I agree they're not even close to the Smiths, but remember the Smiths had plenty of silly-ass pop songs as well (GF in a coma, some girls are bigger than others, etc.)

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:49 AM

10:49 - Smiths silly ass pop songs were actually catchy, different from the previous song, and had Johnny Marr making them into art. The Drums have sweet fuck off.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:53 AM

^ sorry, "sweet fuck all" that is

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 10:54 AM

its funny that if a band exists you don't like they can only be around because of the "marketing." Its not like they are headlining Coachella. They are a small band that plays small venues and people who don't like it are ready with conspiracy theories

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:10 AM

I dunno. I'm not impressed. they need to develop their own sound and style. but here I see too much blatant borrowing from british bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:16 AM

Oh, The Drums just plain suck, 11:10. That is an objective, empirical fact. I am sorry that Rolling Stone and Pitchfork misled you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:16 AM

every song they play sounds exactly the same. zzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:33 AM

I don't know ... they have some good tunes.
Sometimes I feel like the singer thinks he's from the UK though. It seems a little bit of a put on.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 11:49 AM

Drums put on a good show last nite, and have some real talent. May not be most original (what is nowadays?), but they put their own twist on a classic indie rock style.

opinions : a**holes : haters

If you don't like them, shut the f up and do something more constructive.

@Brown in BedStuy, I hate most rap, r&b, latin, whathaveyou. But it's mostly because it's not my culture and I don't really understand it. But you don't see me going and leaving hating comments online.

Do your thing, let me do my thing.
Let's not be a**sholes, eh?

M

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 3:39 PM

Thin sausage.... lame

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:05 PM

Brown in Bedstuy here. I am officially going to blow a gasket and here goes:
The level of such hardcore racist beliefs that I shouldnt be leaving comments on a music blog because Im a brown mexican in bedstuy and this music is not my culture is EXACTLY what the drums stand for. Me and my friends dont listen to rap or r&b or latin. The Smiths, Pixies and Arcade Fire is how we roll. That is OUR culture. Music that trancends geography, race and class. This Drums bullshit and the privileged suburban white kids that have descended on Brooklyn like a plague of fucking locusts has made it near fucking impossible for me and my friends to just go to a club and listen to music. The problem we have with this shit isnt that theyre white its that theyre white privileged and clueless. The Drums never worked for any of this, they were flown here from Ohio and given an apartment and money and connections. You better believe sure as shit that would have never happened had at least one of them been black. Do i sound pissed? Me and every other black/brown person in Brooklyn who used to go out regularly and now feel tense when we come across yet another clueless white kid funded by their parents. This shit has gone from bad to on steroids. And they ALL love the drums. Rock is my musical culture and Hendrix was black, asshole.

PS Why in the HELL hasnt Twin Shadows gotten anywhere near the attention that that cultural eugenics experiment that is the Drums? But let me guess, im "sensitive".

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:28 PM

^ If what you said is true, than I can definitely get behind your sentiments.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:32 PM

Brown in Bedstuy you are officially a fucking retard for making ridiculous connections between the people of Brooklyn and bands like Arcade Fire and Pixies as if you somehow own those bands and are allowed to like them more than people from the suburbs. I doubt you know anything about the Drums or how they got their start so nothing you say has any foundation. You did a great job of making people from Brooklyn sound like hipster douchebags but then again I always thought that anyways.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:43 PM

Also, the drums are not catchy, were made in a lab, are controlled by master puppeteers in suits, are reaping the benefits of free hummus platters every night...

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:44 PM

Did someone say free hummus platters everynight?
Where!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:53 PM

The Drums! Long live the free hummus platter kings of cutesy indie shit

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 4:55 PM

Well put, Brown in Bedstuy. Sadly it wont matter.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:00 PM

5:00= Brown in Bedstuy

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:13 PM

Brown in Bedstuy....Arcade Fire's last album was called THE SUBURBS. Are you kidding me?

The Pixies formed in Amherst, MA...a swanky white suburb.

This message board is complete garbage, but you need to be called out for being a hypocrite who was the first person to bring up race anyway. And then proceed to diss "suburban white" music while listing those bands as "how you roll."

What that other dude was saying is its a complete waste of time coming onto a website and dissing a band like that.

On a beautiful Friday afternoon no less! Get a life (like I should too for even responding).

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:21 PM

The point that Brown in Bedstuy was trying to make, I think, was that he doesnt have a problem with suburban white kids but that its the privileged ones? The ones who get things handed to them by their parents? The lack of black/brown kids in the scene? They do seem to have gotten less. Ill say this i just looked up Twin Shadows and that song Slow is amazing! Why havent they been getting attention?

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:37 PM

It just seems ridiculously presumptuous to arbitrarily label a band as privileged or as having trust funds when none of us know anything about their personal lives. You can make all the (inaccurate) broad generalizations you want about the "white" people who live in Williamsburg, but it becomes very slippery when you specifically point out a couple of guys in a band who you don't know personally. It's purely speculative and fundamentally racist.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 5:59 PM

I like the Drums. Theyre fun but comparing them to the smiths is pushing it. A few people keep bringing up that they already had record label support and pretended that they didnt. I remember reading that in bv a while back and it keeps coming back. Lets go surfing is still a great song!

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 6:12 PM

I bet Brown in Bedstuy is friends with Frohawk. If not, they should start a gang or a band or a podcast or something.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 6:28 PM

Yes. Blipsters are seemingly getting rare in the Williamsburg/Bushwick area lately.

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2011 8:41 PM

The Drums! Long live the free hummus platter kings of cutesy indie shit

Posted by Classifieds | February 7, 2012 2:29 AM

What's with the angry Wetback? Someone must have shit in his tacos for him to be rambling about white privilege as though we stole all the land with paved roads and universities from that shit stain to the South.

Posted by Anonymous | February 7, 2012 4:10 AM

just a fun time

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 4:17 PM

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