The Drums use ‘every last molecule of our energy’ to thrill T In The Park festival

New York band pack out Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage

The Drums played their first ever T In The Park show today (July 11).

The group performed to a big crowd on the Red Bull Bedroom Jam Futures Stage – and as it was the US four-piece’s last scheduled UK show before they play the Reading And Leeds Festivals next month, they made it clear from the off that they were in the mood to leave a strong impression.

“It’s the last show of our very, very long UK tour so we’re going to use up every last molecule of our energy,” singer Jonathan Pierce declared from the stage.


After opening with ‘It Will All End In Tears’, Pierce paid tribute to Scotland, saying that he never dreamed of being able to play the place from which so many of his favourite bands hail. The band have cited Glasgow‘s The Wake and Orange Juice as being formative influences on their sound.

During ‘Best Friend’, guitarist Jacob Graham put down his guitar, cavorting all over the stage with a tambourine. Pierce declared the band and the audience to now be “best friends” at the end of the song.

Although a large proportion of the crowd didn’t seem to know the material from the band’s recently-released eponymous debut album, they quickly caught onto the lyrics of ‘Forever And Ever Amen’, leading a loud singalong.

The Drums played:

‘It Will All End In Tears’
‘Best Friend’
‘Book Of Stories’
‘Don’t Be A Jerk, Johnny’
‘I Need Fun In My Life’
‘Forever And Ever Amen’
‘Me And The Moon’
‘Let’s Go Surfing’

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