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.
San Cisco are from Fremantle in sunny Western Australia.