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The Drums Announce Fourth Studio Album Abysmal Thoughts
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

The Drums Announce Fourth Studio Album Abysmal Thoughts

Three years after the release of their third record, today The Drums announce that they have signed with Anti Records and reveal the details of their fourth album. “Abysmal Thoughts” (quotation marks included) will be released on June 16th, and the first single is streaming now via Pitchfork. “Blood Under My Belt,” the first taste of “Abysmal Thoughts,” is quintessential Drums: a real heartbreaker disguised as a sunny track, showcasing frontman Jonny Pierce’s masterful pop sensibility. Listen to the track on Pitchfork: http://pitchfork.com/news/71976-the-drums-announce-new-album-abysmal-thoughts-share-new-song-listen/

Pre-order/stream “Abysmal Thoughts” here: https://lnk.to/thedrumsAT

The Drums are going on tour this month around SXSW, and today they have announced some additional summer tour dates. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets at http://www.thedrums.com for the newly added shows. Pre-sale with code ABYSMAL begins today at 10 am PT, and general on-sale begins Friday at 10 am PT.

Across a year and three months of home recording between Los Angeles and his cabin in upstate New York—with the same guitar, synthesizer, drum machine and reverb unit he’s played since the beginning of The Drums—Pierce put together “Abysmal Thoughts.” With help from engineer Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts, Mannequin Pussy and more), the result is an unflinching autobiography with Pierce back in full control of the band. He’s back to not just writing all the songs by himself but playing every instrument, too, this time realizing exactly his own personal vision for the band. Not coincidentally, it’s some of the most revelatory work he’s ever done. It is a vivid self-portrait, alive with the hyperdramatic emotional potency of the Smiths, the arch literary pop moves of New Zealanders like the Verlaines and the Clean, and the riotous clatter-punk power of the UK DIY bands of 1979.

As the last album cycle for The Drums finished and his long-term relationship with his former partner dissolved, Pierce took some time away from music altogether in hopes to reconnect with himself and find future inspiration. Determined to make a change, he ended up leaving his longtime home in New York and found himself isolated in a large empty apartment in Los Angeles, all his plans for life and love suddenly in shambles. That hardship and confusion—and the clarity of personality and purpose it inspired—became “Abysmal Thoughts.”

With The Drums’ new record, band founder Jonny Pierce is making the exact album he’s always held in his heart. Of course, this is The Drums, so that heart is broken—but there’s beauty and even bliss in this kind of heartbreak. “I said I wanted to let life happen?” he says. “Well, the universe listened and life began to fuck me real good! But honestly, I make the worst art when I’m comfortable. The stuff that resonates with me the longest—and that resonates with others—is always the stuff that comes out of my misery.”

Now the highs are higher than ever, and the lows absolutely bottomless. The Drums are back, and while there’s a heavy sadness here, Pierce is stronger for fighting through it. “Happiness can be confusing to me,” says Pierce. “It shows up out of nowhere, and before you can even get used to it, it’s vanished. But Abysmal Thoughts? I can rely on them—and with the political chaos that is raining down, who knows when these dark feelings will subside?”

Tour dates
March 8th: The Glass House - Pomona, CA
March 9th: Neon Reverb Festival - Las Vegas, NV
March 10th: 191 Toole - Tucson, AZ
March 11th: Viva PHX - Phoenix, AZ
March 12th: Lowbrow Palace - El Paso, CA
March 14th: SXSW - Austin, TX
March 15th: SXSW - Austin, TX
March 16th: Anti- Showcase @ SXSW - Austin, TX
March 17th: Culture Collide/Anti- Day Party @ SXSW - Austin, TX
March 18th: Trees - Dallas, TX
July 17th: Neumos - Seattle, WA
July 18th: Venue - Vancouver, BC
July 19th: Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
July 21st: The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
July 30th: Wayhome Music and Arts Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON

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