The Drums: 'Being indie for indie's sake is unattractive'

Frontman Jonathan Pierce explains he wants as many people as possible to hear their debut

Tom Oxley
Pic: Tom Oxley
The Drums have declared that their debut album will mark them out from other indie bands, because they're "not scared of success".

The New York-based band release their eponymous debut on June 7, but despite taking their influences from the 1980s indie scene, many of who looked down on commercial success, the band told NME they are keen to share their music with as many people as possible.

"We're ambitious," declared frontman Jonathan Pierce. "The big difference between us and a lot of other indie pop bands is we're not afraid of success."

He added: "I've always felt [UK band] The Field Mice should be the biggest band in the world. I don't want to hide them away for myself. That's the difference between us and them, that's the different mentality… I can't think of anything more unattractive than wanting to be indie for indie's sake."

Get this week's issue of NME, on UK newsstands now, for an exclusive cover story interview with The Drums and our picks from the US indie scene.

Head to NME.COM/thedrums for more news, blogs and videos about the band.

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