The Drums to start second album after UK tour dates

Jonathan Pierce tells NME the band have 'no time to relax' as they plan to get going on new record

The Drums are set to begin work on their second album at the end of their forthcoming UK and Ireland dates.

The band kick off two weeks of dates on November 24, after which they will pause to work on the follow-up to ‘The Drums’.

“At the end of this tour, we’re taking a couple of months off,” frontman Jonathan Pierce told NME, “but it’s not to relax, it’s to make our next album.”


Despite releasing their debut earlier this year, and recently seeing guitarist Adam Kessler quit the group, Pierce is in no mood to hang around.

“This may not last forever – we might have three albums, maybe four. Who knows?” he mused. “We might have a hundred. It’s good to do it all now. I feel like we all share this nervous energy and a fire in our belly.”

As they have been busy with live dates all year, The Drums admitted they did not get the chance to write much while touring.

“The road isn’t ideal for us to actually record on because we’re so busy and we don’t want that to affect the songs we’re writing,” said Pierce. “We’ve been writing down ideas and we kind of feel like the last two or three months have been one big creative band meeting.”

Meanwhile, guitarist Jacob Graham explained that The Drums have handpicked the bands who will be joining them on the forthcoming dates: New Yorkers Violens and Kent-based band Two Wounded Birds, who are signed to Graham’s label, Holiday Records.

“It’ll be a mini-festival curated by The Drums!” declared the guitarist of the bill.


The Drums will play:

London HMV Forum (November 24, 25)
Bristol Anson Rooms (26)
Birmingham HMV Institute (27)
Glasgow O2 ABC (29)
Belfast Mandela Hall (30)
Dublin Academy (December 1)
Northumbria University Stage 2 (3)
Leeds Metropolitan University (4)
Nottingham Rock City (5)
Manchester Academy 2 (6)

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