10/01 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre *
10/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
10/05 Los Angeles, CA @ Mayan Theatre *
10/06 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music *
10/08 Portland, OR @ Star Theater *
10/09 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
10/10 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club *
* w/ Beverly
Riding in on a spectacular wave of beachy, bittersweet synth-pop, The Drums established a dedicated following with 2010’s self-titled and 2011’s Portamento; two records that practically sound like a greatest hits, each song better than the last. The band is currently touring behind their most recent release, Encyclopedia, and while there have been a few line-up changes since they were last in town, yesterday evening found them in fine form. Opening with “Bell Laboratories” from the new album before busting out some oldies, bleach-blonde frontman Pierce said little, but emoted lots. In front of a four piece group of players that included longtime guitarist and founding member Jacob Graham and a giant patch bay synthesizer, Pierce cooed and wailed in a voice as fluid as the movements of his swaying body. Fans writhed with joy and echoed the choruses of favorites like “Money” and “Book of Stories” and raised their hands in approval of new songs like “I Can’t Pretend” and “Magic Mountain” (which sounds much better live than it does on the recording). The wistful “Days” was a highlight for me, along with the fantastic five song encore that showcased b-side “Don’t Be a Jerk, Johnny” and deliriously infectious “Let’s Go Surfing” (which always reminds me of the British television comedy “The Inbetweeners”).
The Drums’ US tour concludes at the end of October. Then they head abroad for Europe and Japan.
*Very special thank you to the kind and hardworking staff at the Triple Rock!
The Drums at Triple Rock Social Club, Minneapolis (29 Sep 2014)