This week’s NME magazine (29th May) is a US Indie special, and features The Drums on the cover. To mark the occasion, here’s a look at the Florida-via-New York poster boys’ rise to fame.
The Drums first appeared on our radar, and in our Radar section, halfway through last year, when we were blown away by early tracks like ‘Let’s Go Surfing’. You can still pick up the track on last July’s Radar blog.
A few months later they were wowing crowds at Iceland Airwaves (read our review here before heading to the UK for some oversubscribed early shows.
Also in October, the band released the ‘Summertime’ EP, a selection of tracks that we said “couldn’t be any more giddy with promise. Let’s just hope these cads don’t leave us with summer dreams, ripped at the seams”.
Boy George was one of the early fans at those London gigs, and we spoke to him about his love for The Drums. Check out the video interview from this story last September.
Boy George was, on the whole, complimentary. “It’s reminiscent of a lot of things – The Smiths, The Cure, A Flock Of Seagulls even, there was one track that sounded a bit like that” he said. “And I think they look really English, that’s the funny thing. They look like they’re from London. They actually look like four rentboys, but I probably shouldn’t be saying that!”
During the winter The Drums’ surf pop-via-Factory Records tunes won them more and more fans, and they were named our biggest tip for 2010 in the annual new music issue in January.
As the hype snowballed MP3s of the band’s music did the rounds, with a Raffertie mix of ‘Forever And Ever, Amen’ on the NME Daily Download proving one of the blog’s most popular tracks of the year. Pick up the free MP3 here.
Jonathan and Jacob from The Drums have been friends for years, and were in an electro pop band called Goat Explosion for a while, before splitting for short stints in Elkland (Jonathan) and Horse Shoes (Jacob).
The Drums as we know them now were formed in December 2008. A year later they were placed in the BBC Sounds Of 2010 list, NME’s Tips For 2010 list, and had topped Pitchfork’s 2009 Readers’ poll.
Another coup for the band was landing the opening slot on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, a gig that almost always leads to great things. Other bands that have used the opening slot as a springboard include Florence And The Machine, The Ting Tings and The Mystery Jets.
The Drums pose for NME photographer Tom Oxley for this week’s cover. The band’s debut album is out on June 7th. Next week’s NME will have the full review.
For an in-depth first listen to The Drums’ debut album, including information on the recording of the album, check out the reviews blog.
The Drums’ career steps up another notch this summer, when they support Kings Of Leon at their massive Hyde Park show on June 30th.
The band’s quest for world domination continues this summer, as they have a series of live dates lined up across the UK and at Ibiza Rocks. Check out the dates and buy tickets on their NME Artist Page, which also has videos, reviews and their latest news.
The Drums pose for the NME cover shoot. The band have risen from the pages of Radar to viable cover stars in less than a year. Get this week’s issue for a full interview on their frantic twelve months.