"The Drums" by The Drums

The Drums
The Drums

Downtown Records
2010

Review

More than worth a listen or two for New Wave fanatics.

"You're my best friend/But then you die" - "Best Friend" by The Drums

How's that for a depressing lyric that is sung as almost as a cast off reference in a song that seems so much happier than it actually is...I have to say that The Drums are the best New Wave band I've ever heard that aren't from the 80's. Seriously I think that these guys are big fans of bands like The Cure, The Smiths, The Clash...and other New Wave bands that don't start with the word "The" (and some that do). The point is that if you are at all into New Wave you will instantly be into this. Don't believe me? I don't blame you. How about you listen to "I Need Fun In My Life" and then get back to me...

...are you singing "fun-fun-fun/fun-fun-fun"? Yes, you are. Shut up!

There are clearly songs here that could have been singles in 1985 and more than a few B-sides that the die-hards would appreciate. There are even a few songs that jump on the currently trending "Surf Rock" bandwagon (see "Best Coast" and "Waaves") but with a nice 80's twist (songs like "The Future" and "Let's Go Surfing" [duh]).

(...by the way, "Let's Go Surfing": Surf Rock + New Wave = Heaven - and the best use of whistling since Young Folks by Peter, Bjorn, and John.)

It's all here. From the synthesizers to the quick tempo to the vocal stylings. I swear it's like hearing Morissey or Robert Smith or David Byrne. On the negative side, there are a lot of B-sides on this record. However, the A-sides are promising enough to make it worth your time.

3.833 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. Best Friend (03:26) 4
2. Me and the Moon (03:11) 4
3. Let's Go Surfing (02:53) 5
4. Book of Stories (03:38) 3
5. Skippin' Town (03:22) 3
6. Forever and Ever Amen (04:27) 3
7. Down by the Water (03:26) 3
8. It Will All End in Tears (03:44) 3
9. We Tried (03:45) 4
10. I Need Fun in My Life (03:27) 5
11. I'll Never Drop My Sword (03:47) 4
12. The Future (04:08) 5