Friday, September 25, 2009

But I just wanna love you dear

If you fall asleep down by the water
Baby I'll carry you all the way home

OK. You can sing that to me all day and all night and I will swoon and smile and love you forever.

Because it's just that simple.

"That's why we love the 1950s. It was the beginning of basic pop music. They did it from scratch and pulled these amazing, timeless melodies out of thin air."

The Drums is your new favorite feelgood postpunk summer music. Because summer is over and you hate to see things go. Floridans Jonathon Ecklund and Jacob Graham started this band just over a year ago, self recorded and produced around fifteen songs while living in central Florida and "with big dreams and a batch of songs they believed in" spent the beginning of 2009 saving money to move to New York City. Add a bassist and a drummer, and now they sound a little something like this:

Download The Drums - Let's Go Surfing

Down, down baby
Down by the roller coaster
Sweet sweet baby
I'll never let you go

Yes! Take me down by the roller coaster! I will follow you anywhere when you sing to me like that!

"Let's Go Surfing" is the digital single released by the band prior to the recording of the Summertime EP. The boys say they are influenced by The Smiths and The Wake. Even though The Drums claim that some of their music is about being "alone forever", really I don't get any sort of alienation and desperation from this music like the feelings that The Smiths helped us cultivate in the 80's. Then again, naming your band "The Drums" is about the most plainjane name (a la The Smiths) you could come up with during this the tale end of the ought-ten decade where google searches for anything but the most unique of names will gather far too many results.

Just try it! See what you find. If you want to get any information or buy their stuff you'll have to go to or their myspace page.

The Drums make me happy even when they're trying to be sad. My very favorite song is "Down By The Water." About their music, they say: "We only write about two feelings: one is the first day of summer when you and all of your friends are standing on the edge of a cliff watching the sun set and being overcome with all of your hopes and dreams at once. The other is when you're walking alone in the rain and realize you will be alone forever."

Visit their sites to get a hold of this music. In the meantime, check out some other feelgood or feelshitty music...Your choice.

And while you're there buy me this:

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