The Drums marked the release of their forthcoming album Encyclopedia with packed out roof top show in NYC this week. Their third studio album Encyclopedia is released in the UK on September 22nd.
Earlier this week, Noisey were the first to unveil the lead single, "Magic Mountain." It's the first song The Drums have released in nearly 3 years and marks a new chapter for the band, now comprising of the two founder members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham.
"Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout," says Jonny. "We were feeling very angry, confused, and alone when we made this album; and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We've left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope."
Emerging from Brooklyn in 2009, The Drums smashed on to the scene with their Summertime! EP that led to a spot on the BBC Sound of 2010 shortlist, The ShockWaves NME Tour, and NME's Phillip Hall Radar Award. The Drums were also voted "Best Hope for 2010" in Pitchfork Media's 2009 Readers' Poll.
The Drums' music explores the themes of loss, nostalgia, redemption, vulnerability, and love - with critics embracing both the lyrics and their sonic signature. This time around, they've embraced a darker sound while making it as grand and majestic as they please.
The upcoming LP marks the first time since the Summertime! EP that Jacob and Jonny have been left to their own devices, with no need to seek approvals. The result is an exciting display of personal emotion and an unashamed songwriting style. UK dates are currently being lined and will be announced shortly.
"I Can't Pretend"
"I Hope Times Doesn't Change Him"
"Kiss Me Again"
"Break My Heart"
"Face Of God"
"U.S. National Park"
"Deep In My Heart"
"There Is Nothing Left"