The Drums, ‘Money’

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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.

[b]Jamie Fullerton[/b]

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Release date: 11 Jul, 2011