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The Drums

An unlikely but undeniably catchy mix of Factory Records-style indie and '50s-inspired melodies, the Drums have roots that can be traced to the childhood friendship of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. After meeting at summer camp, the pair formed the electro-pop duo Goat Explosion while they were still in their teens. However, the band split and Pierce and Graham went on to other projects: Graham formed the indie pop group Horse Shoes, who released an EP on Shelflife in 2009. Meanwhile, Pierce and another friend, Adam Kessler, founded the new wave-inspired band Elkland, who were signed to Columbia Records and issued the album Golden in 2005. That year, Pierce left the band (which broke up in 2006) and took a hiatus from making music. In 2008, Graham and Pierce reconnected and began writing songs together, trading the electronic direction of their earlier collaboration for a guitar-based approach. Early the following year, Pierce and Graham moved from central Florida to New York City, where Kessler became their second guitarist. With the addition of drummer Connor Hanwick, formerly of Cape of No Hope, the Drums’ lineup was complete, and by that summer, the band’s shows were gaining buzz. Moshi Moshi released the Drums’ singles "Let’s Go Surfing" and "I Felt Stupid," and their debut EP, Summertime!, arrived late in 2009. The singles "Best Friend" and "Forever and Ever Amen" preceded the band's self-titled first album, which Moshi Moshi released in the U.K. in spring 2010; it arrived in the States that autumn. During their first U.S. tour, Kessler left the group; friend of the band Tom Haslow played guitar for the rest of those dates. The Drums commenced writing and recording as a trio, releasing their first single with this lineup, "The New World," in April 2011. Recruiting Violens' Chris Stein and Myles Matheny as members of their touring act, the band released the darker, keyboard-heavy Portamento that September. Hanwick, who had switched from drums to guitar, left the Drums during their 2012 tour. Pierce and Graham took time to regroup, each announcing solo projects. Pierce released the electro-pop solo single "I Didn't Realise" late in 2012, while Graham formed the dreamy synth outfit Cascading Slopes, which issued the Maple Trees single in 2013. That November, the duo announced another Drums album was on the way; recorded in a lakeside cabin in upstate New York, 2014's Encyclopedia ranged from Pixies-esque rock to folk-pop.~ Heather Phares
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Top Songs by
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  1.   Song
  2.   Let's Go Surfing
  3.   Forever and Ever Amen
  4.   Money
  5.   Saddest Summer
  6.   Blood Under My Belt
  7.   Days
  8.   How It Ended
  9.   Me and the Moon
  10.   There Is Nothing Left
  11.   Book of Revelation
  12.   I Need a Doctor
  13.   Book of Stories
  14.   Blue Stripes
  15.   Hard to Love
  16.   It Will All End in Tears
  17.   Magic Mountain
  18.   What You Were
  19.   Break My Heart
  20.   The Future
  21.   The New World
  22.   The Rules of Your Life
  23.   I Can't Pretend
  24.   Please Don't Leave
  25.   If He Likes It Let Him Do It
  26.   I Don't Know How to Love
  27.   Don't Be a Jerk, Johnny
  28.   Kiss Me Again
  29.   I Need Fun in My Life
  30.   Skippin' Town
  31.   Best Friend
  32.   Down by the Water
  33.   I Felt Stupid
  34.   We Found It
  35.   Wild Geese
  36.   Bell Laboratories
  37.   Deep in My Heart
  38.   Face of God
  39.   Let Me
  40.   In the Cold
  41.   Instruct Me
  42.   Make You Mine
  43.   I'll Never Drop My Sword
  44.   We Tried
  45.   Submarine
  46.   I Hope Time Doesn't Change Him
  47.   U.S. National Park
  48.   Searching for Heaven

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