Given there is now a remote chance that I could be at SWN festival, i may as well start the hype for it – and give myself an excuse to post about The Drums approximately a year after everyone else. They played their first UK gig about a week ago and according to Jamila Scott, the London Twitter Music Scene were out in force, which probably spells good things in their future. People are falling over themselves in order to be near them or latch onto them, so don’t be suprised to see the NME label them as the forefront of some scene they’ve made up just for the occassion, like they did with Dance to the Radio a few years back (dedicating half an issue to ‘New Yorkshire’).
back to The Drums – they sound is sun-drenched, loveable and catchy. If it was summer now, they’d be the sound of it, all twangling guitars and harmonies. In certain songs (such as Down by the Water) they’ve got the obvious influences of Orchestral Manouvres in the Dark and, more obviously, of Joy Division – but then again so has almost every other good band since Ian Curtis. For the most part, it’s a glorious mixture of the decent parts of 80’s electronic-pop music and 50’s surf rock that carries them on a wave to greatness. Urgh, what a terrible sentence.
The Drums are playing SWN festival on Saturday the 24th at Dempsey’s. Expect it to be packed.