New UK headline dates:
Mon 28-Nov – Birmingham HMV Institute – The Library
Tue 29-Nov – Newcastle O2 Academy
Wed 30-Nov – Leeds Metropolitan University
Sat 03-Dec – Glasgow O2 ABC
Sun 04-Dec – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Mon 05-Dec – Cambridge Junction
Tue 06-Dec – Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
Thu 08-Dec – Bristol O2 Academy
Fri 09-Dec – London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Sat 10-Dec – Manchester HMV Ritz
(All tickets £13.50 except London £15)
Artist presale via http://thedrums.com/shows/: Wednesday 17th August
General on sale: Friday 19th August
Previously announced dates:
Mon 05-Sep – London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen SOLD OUT
Tue 06-Sep – London, Lexington SOLD OUT
Wed 07-Sep – London, XOYO SOLD OUT
08-11-Sep – Bestival
‘Portamento’ – released just over a year since their debut – reveals a band tugging lightly at the boundaries of their sound while still retaining their recognizable sonic signatures. Sweet rushes of melody and brittle synthesizer sheens colliding with wiry Spector-esque guitar lines are still very much present, but singer, Jonny Pierce’s lyrics have assumed a deeper, personal tone and coupled with the band’s own more expansive production, ‘Portamento’ is a more complex, but ultimately more rewarding listen than their debut.
Emerging from Brooklyn via Florida in 2010, The Drums initially caught the ear of the indie world with their ‘Summertime!’ EP – an escapist collection of beach pop fantasies – which preceded their self-titled debut album, released in June 2010. ‘The Drums’ has gone on to sell 200,000 albums world-wide, reflecting the universal appeal of a band that toured the globe: playing everywhere from Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Australia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Europe, a six week US tour and culminating in the UK with two sold-out nights at The Forum, London.
The band sidestepped the pitfalls of the often ‘difficult second album’ by recording it quickly, often laying down tracks spontaneously in Pierce’s kitchen. Following the departure of guitarist Adam Kessler, drummer Connor Hanwick switched to guitar, and guitarist Jacob Graham picked up his more natural instrument of synthesizers.
To accommodate the record’s sonic expansiveness, the band has swollen to a quintet live, augmented by two auxiliary members including good friend Myles Matheny on guitar and bass. Also gone are the backing tracks used for the bulk of their live shows to date, thus lending their performances a more visceral, spontaneous feel, in line with the aesthetic of the new album.
Portamento is a 17th century Italian term that denotes a vocal slide between two pitches.
Jonny Pierce – vocals
Jacob Graham – synthesizer
Connor Hanwick – guitar