December 6, 2011
The Drums, 'Money'
The opening shot from their second album.
If there’s anyone better than The Drums at making music so deliriously sunny and upbeat whilst simultaneously chin-draggingly glum in the lyrics department, we’d like to buy them an orange Solero (then probably watch them throw it in the gravel in a strop and start crying). And so with guitarist Adam Kessler long over the horizon, the newly anointed trio return with a ditty just as appealingly bittersweet as ‘Book Of Stories’ or ‘Best Friend’. Featuring ping pong guitar lines that bounce around with the kinetic chaos of rubber balls hurled in a box, it sees our frontman moaning, wibble- voiced: “You hit me yesterday because I made you cry”, then to make up for it he wants to “buy you something, but I don't have any money!”
Origami, baking flapjacks, ‘slave for a day’ – come on Jon, there are plenty of gratis gestures you could make… Anyway, as a first lick of second album ‘Portamento’, due this September, it hardly signals a musical about-turn – although apparently the new record will see them swap their former artifice for the more personal, plunging new desperately dark depths. But for now ‘Money’ is a distinct reminder that the world is an infinitely happier place with The Drums careering around in it – even if they don’t exactly seem to be enjoying themselves.
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