10 for 2010: #9 – The Drums

By on Wednesday, 2nd December 2009 at 12:00 pm

A couple of weeks back, we asked you to vote for your top 10 artists for 2010. We had almost 600 votes, and we’re now going to countdown the top 10 over the next 10 days, finishing with our number 1 on 10th December at midday. Today, at number 9, are New York City-based The Drums, who we first introduced back in September…

Some have dubbed ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, the first single from this Brooklyn by way of sunny Florida band, as “the most infectious whistling since Peter Bjorn and John“. I wrote about the song and its frenetic video in September.

MP3: The Drums – Let’s Go Surfing


Coming up for the band next: a 7″ inch vinyl single release for ‘I Feel Stupid’ (backed by ‘Down by the Water’) to drop on 7 December. The ‘I Feel Stupid’ A-side is firmly positioned in the BBC 6music ‘A’ playlist and despite the gaiety of the guitars, the vocals are post-punk with a whiff of Talk Talk. ‘Down by the Water’, in contrast, feels like the perfect soundtrack to late-night snogging in the back of the cinema.

With a 7-song EP follow-up called ‘Summertime’ released on 12 October on the Moshi Moshi label (who put out early records by Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, and Friendly Fires) and a forthcoming full-length scheduled to be out sometime next year, they’re set to take the world by storm with the simplicity of their feel-good pop that will make you smile ear to ear. But lest you think these are simple-minded American boys looking for the next big (ocean) wave to catch, the band are quick to dismiss their early label of ‘surf pop’ for their intention to sound like great ’50s-’60s pop as if recorded by a Factory Records band. Pretty ambitious, huh?

From all accounts, the quartet – led by Jonathan Pierce (vocals) and Jacob Graham (guitar) – are quite humble in their aspirations for 2010, wishing for lots of traveling to places they haven’t been yet for gigs and maybe a call from American late night telly institution Saturday Night Live to play for Lorne Michaels and crew. And if they live up the hype that’s been following them around for the second half of 2009, I think they have a very good shot at both. Good luck boys.

You will be able to catch the Drums on the line-up for the NME Shockwaves Awards Tour in February 2010 (tickets available now through Seetickets). You can also snag their releases for stocking fillers at Moshi Moshi Records’s online store.

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