By The Drums
"One of the best indie pop debuts this year" is quite a remarkable review of a band that's only been together for just over twelve months, but it's still something that's been on the lips of many a music critic for a while. And with their second official single, 'I Felt Stupid' following in the same vein as their highly charged and widely acclaimed debut EP 'Summertime!' I don't think I'll argue against their 'professional judgement.'
With their characteristic, downright shameless twee sound, 50's/60's Californian surf-pop has undoubtedly left a great imprint on the record. Electronic, synth-pop melodies lie at the heart of it, and whilst it's laden with reverbed guitars, a clear love for handclapping and tambourines, as well as something sounding very much like a drum-machine, you'd be mistaken to think that it'd been produced in the 80's. But although this, and its sheer energy make it a danceable track to most, delving deeper you'll find melancholic lyrics ("Have I lived my life so selfishly?") and laments of a lost love ("Come and sit with me / And I'll give you every bit of my heart") which give it a more austere tone. It's a clever paradox: it's ecstatic yet sombre, cheerful but cheerless, The Beach Boys meet The Smiths. This doesn't make it any less danceable though; you can't help but be swept up by the stirring power of The Drums.
For the first time in a long time, there's actually a record and a band that I can't say anything bad against. The Drums aren't another uninspiring indie group that NME have labelled as the 'next big thing;' they're something fresh and exciting. Let's just hope the hype surrounding them at the moment doesn't destroy them like it has with many other promising new bands before them.