Now a one-man band, The Drums hit harder than ever on 4th album “Abysmal Thoughts” Grade: A- [Anti-] Advertisement When they breezed onto the scene as part of the great indie-rock beach migration of 2009, The Drums were two against the world. Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham were a couple of young gay men who’d somehow survived their strict Christian upbringings and found solace in the brave-face summer-bummer music they made together. They were surfing with tears in their eyes, pairing taut monophonic guitar lines and perky drum-machine beats with telling lyrics like, “I thought my life would get easier / Instead it’s getting harder.” In the lead-up to “Abysmal Thoughts”, the fourth Drums album and first since 2014, Graham quit, and Pierce split from his husband. The “band,” which at one point had grown to be a quartet, is now just one man’s story of resiliency, and it’s all the better for it. Pierce has claimed in interviews that he was responsible for 90 percent of The Drums’ sound, and “Abysmal Thoughts” bears that out. The usual brisk rhythms and rubber-band guitars surface on tunes like “I’ll Fight For Your Life” and “Under The Ice,” augmented elsewhere by tasteful… Read full this story
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