The Drums are one of Fred Perry Subculture's favourite bands from across the pond.
Their highly anticipated third album Encyclopedia is due for release September 22nd, and is a complete, complex production, which fully displays the full range of members Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham's songwriting ability and musical talents. Delivering their signature surf-stylings pioneered by the likes of The Beach Boys, Encyclopedia also echoes sounds of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Bombay Bicyle Club and Phoenix, with further synth additions, an array of percussion samples including whistles, and cascasing, emotional vocals.
Piece said of the album, “Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout...We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.”
Opening track 'Magic Mountain' is "a sparkling reflection of our last three years", says Pierce. "It's about shedding off what binds you and protecting what's good, finding a safe place away from everyone and everything that wants to destroy you."
‘I Can’t Pretend’ is a bittersweet ode to the all too familiar battle of heart versus head. “It’s too hard to begin, when you know it will end,” croons Jonny as gentle guitars shimmer in a lonely haze of melancholic sweetness.
'I Hope Time Doesn't Change Him' is a punchy, stark tune, full of melancholy musings, while 'Kiss Me Again' is a brighter, lustful lovesong, giving a sense of joy before later, sadder songs such as 'Break My Heart' which is full of beautifully discordant, off-kilter melodies.
Hear further extracts from the new album ahead of the official release, below.