Single Review: The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen

By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 12:00 pm

Ah, The Drums, that so called ‘Band of 2010’, are really doing quite well for themselves, with their sugary indie-surf which effortlessly springs images of sunshine lit beaches, and guys on boards upon the brain. Taking DJs and dance floors by storm, the band are to release their next single, ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ next month – the follow up to the hugely successful pop sensation that was ‘Best Friend’.

Kicking off with some sticky drums and a fuzzy surf bass, a gentle, twisting riff soon spirals in, sitting comfortably beneath front man Jonathon Pierce’s sweet American wisps which are full of longing, and totally love struck. The track is undoubtedly another musical recipe of everything The Drums do well, swelling with that sunny Cali pop sound. However, ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ does lack those instant summertime hooks of previous singles ala ‘Best Friend’ and ‘I Felt Stupid’.

The track is missing a distinct fun, is more chilled back, and protrudes with a Delphic vibe. What I love about The Drums, and this track, however, is the fact their lyrics are fit for a soppy 70s Osmonds’ number – “And all the stars in the sky, and all the flowers in the field…..could never take you from my heart…and it’s forever, baby, it’s forever!”. Brilliant, just, genius (in this case I dig lack of pretentious crypticism).

The latter few seconds of the track take tips from the uber popular ‘Best Friend’ and resurrects those beautifully harmonious sighs, but aside from this glimmer or hope, the rest of the track certainly doesn’t topple previous material.

‘Forever and Ever Amen’ is released May 31st. Pre-order the 7″ now over at Banquet Records

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