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LIVE! – The Drums

February 26, 2010 by  

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LIVE! – The Drums

ARTIST: The Drums
VENUE, TOWN: Brixton Academy, London
DATE: 20th February 2010
FIVE WORD REVIEW: World to beat to Drums?

MAIN REVIEW Ah, the elixir of youth. Boasting four of the freshest faces ever to land an NME cover, the Brooklyn air seems to agree with hot-to-trot New Yorkers The Drums. The crowd gathered at Brixton Academy on Saturday night could have been forgiven for wondering if they’d mistakenly stumbled across a junior battle of the bands contest, so slight, tender and utterly cherubic were the four hyped-up specimens stood before them.

30 minutes later though and it was clear these precocious young dogs knew how to put an invigorating slant on a host of old tricks.

Opening the annual ShockWaves NME Awards Tour at first glance may appear like a thankless task too, with a large chunk of the revellers more enamoured with landing a premier spot in the jostle for the bar than bagging a suitable position front of stage with the clock yet to strike 7.30pm.

The wise cats who plumped for the latter though may have known historically the early birds have gone on to outshine those that came in their wake – step forward Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand and most recently of all, the unstoppable Florence and the Machine.

Tighter than Cheryl Cole’s lips since the latest Ashley Cole revelations and sparkier than a electricians’ college, whip-thin frontman Jonathan Pierce and Co’s intoxicating blend of ’50s bop, California surf-pop and shimmering C86-era indie has had the critics in a lather since 2009’s Summertime! EP first catapulted them onto the radar.
And at the Academy it was the delicious blasts of The Cure-esque I Felt Stupid, Joy Division-inflected Don’t Be A Jerk, Jonny (Pierce – sporting a buttoned up grey shirt with rolled up sleeves à la Ian Curtis – even had the jagged arm flails off pat) and the West Coast-tastic Let’s Go Surfing, which proved highlights, but there were plenty of others elsewhere.
Impressively polished and possessing a rhythm section (bassist Adam Kessler and drummer Connor Hanwick) who’ve clearly been schooled in the Rourke/Joyce academy of rhythm, on initial impressions it appears as if the weekly scene-spotting magazine’s hyperbole could be on the money this time.
Expect to hear she, he and all and sundry banging the drums by the time festival season is upon us.

LINKS: Official Website // MySpace

– Lawrence Poole



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