Sign up for our mailing list Real artists creating records on their own terms
Close

Sign up for our mailing list

News

The Drums Release "Abysmal Thoughts"
Friday, June 16th, 2017

The Drums Release "Abysmal Thoughts"

Today The Drums make a triumphant return with "Abysmal Thoughts," the band’s fourth studio album, their Anti- debut and their first new music in over three years.

A true return to form, "Abysmal Thoughts" was born out of heartbreak and is an unflinching autobiography with frontman Jonny Pierce back in full control of the band. Pierce's masterful pop sensibility shines through on this quintessential Drums album, and it's some of the most revelatory work he's ever done.

Purchase or stream "Abysmal Thoughts" HERE or HERE via Spotify.

The Drums will take "Abysmal Thoughts" on the road this Summer, with new tour dates on sale today. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets HERE.

To celebrate the release of his new album, Jonny Pierce will hold a Facebook Live Q&A today at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET. Tune in then for the "Abysmal Q&A" HERE.

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), Pierce is realizing his own personal vision for the Drums on this record. He's back to not just writing all the songs by himself but playing every instrument, too. 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 - (New North American dates in BOLD)

July 17th: Neumos - Seattle, WA @*

July 18th: Venue - Vancouver, BC @*

July 19th: Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR @*

July 21st: The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA @*

July 22nd: FYF Festival - Los Angeles, CA

July 30th: Wayhome Music and Arts Festival - Oro-Medonte, ON

July 31st: El Club - Detroit, MI #

August 1st: Bell's - Kalamazoo, MI #

August 2nd: Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL @

August 3rd: Lollapalooza - Chicago, IL

August 4th: The Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH #

August 5th: Hifi - Indianapolis, IN #

September 10th: Lucerna Music Bar - Prague, Czech Republic

September 12th: YotaSpace - Moscow, Russia

September 14th: Teatro Barcelo - Madrid, Spain

September 15th: Razmatazz - Barcelona, Spain

September 16th: Donostia Kutxa Kultur Festibala - San Sebastian, Spain

September 18th: Latteria Molloy - Brescia, Italy

September 19th: Les Docks - Lausanne, Switzerland

September 20th: La Gaite Lyrique - Paris, France

September 21st-23rd: Reeperbahn Festival - Hamburg, Germany

September 24th: Pumperhuset - Copenhagen, Denmark

September 25th: Parkteateret - Oslo, Norway

September 26th: Kraken - Stockholm, Sweden

September 28th: Lido - Berlin, Germany

September 29th: Orangerie - Brussels, Belgium

September 30th: Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam, Holland

October 2nd: Thekla - Bristol, UK

October 3rd: Whelans - Dublin, Ireland

October 4th: Gorilla - Manchester, UK

October 5th: Art School - Glasgow, UK

October 7th: o2 Shepherds Bush Empire - London, UK

November 6th: Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO &

November 7th: The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE &

November 8th: The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO &

November 10th: Skully's - Columbus, OH &

November 11th: The Mod Club -Toronto, CAN &

November 13th: Theatre Fairmount - Montreal, CAN &

November 14th: The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA &

November 15th: Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY &

November 16th: Black Cat - Washington, DC &

November 19th: Corona Capital - Mexico City, Mexico

November 28th: Exit/In - Nashville, TN %

November 29th: Terminal West - Atlanta, GA

November 30th: The Social - Orlando, FL %

December 1st: Gramps - Miami, FL %

December 2nd: Crowbar - Tampa, FL %

December 4th: Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL %

December 5th: One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA %

December 6th: White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs) - Houston, TX %

December 8th: Trees - Dallas, TX %

December 9th: Emo's - Austin, TX %

December 10th: Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX %

December 11th: Meow Wolf - Santa Fe, NM %

December 13th: The Van Buren - Phoenix, AZ %

December 14th: Brooklyn Bowl - Las Vegas, NV %

@ with Stef Chura

& with Methyl Ethel

% with Hoops

* with Soccer Mommy

# with Ne-Hi

Praise for “Abysmal Thoughts”:

"This is the Drums you know, and indeed, you'll feel compelled to answer back that you love them too." - Pitchfork

"The Drums hit harder than ever on 4th album "Abysmal Thoughts"" - The AV Club (A-)

"It's whole and complex and captivating, a treasure chest of an album in which you'll find something different and unique hiding within each listen." - Paste (8.1/10)

"'Blood Under My Belt' swings back to the band's halcyon-sounding days, recalling the likes of the Beach Fossils and Wild Nothing via its rippling bounce and rotational hooks." - Stereogum

"Indie pop gems" - SPIN

"Absolutely irresistible" - Billboard

""Abysmal Thoughts" is an album that finds Pierce finally facing and conquering his demons. He's managed to make the album he's always wanted to make, and on his own terms." - Noisey

"'Blood Under My Belt' is a return to form for The Drums...Clearly, Pierce is still very capable of creating the bouncy, romantic indie pop that made people fall in love with the band in the first place." - Buzzfeed

""Abysmal Thoughts" sounds fresh and energized." - Brooklyn Vegan

"Spirited and summery, it's yet another example of how Pierce has mastered the art of making devastation sound anything but depressing." - Consequence of Sound

"Super danceable" - KEXP

"The Drums frontman is in total control, and the band's latest...reflects his newfound freedom." - OUT

Browse by Artist

1487All Artists 94Tom Waits 59Mavis Staples 52Neko Case 51Lost In The Trees 50Sean Rowe 48Dr. Dog 41Jolie Holland
40Bettye LaVette 38The Milk Carton Kids 37Man Man 33Tim Fite 33DeVotchKa 31Islands 31Grinderman 29Tinariwen 27Galactic 27Wilco 26Son Little 24Michael Franti and Spe... 22Bob Mould 22William Elliott Whitmo... 21Nick Cave & The Bad Se... 21The Frames 21Saintseneca 20Joe Henry 19Booker T. Jones 19Sage Francis 17John K. Samson 17Yann Tiersen 16Ramblin Jack Elliott 16Jason Lytle 16Doe Paoro 15Christopher Paul Stell... 13Daniel Lanois 13Billy Bragg 12Xavier Rudd 12Andy Shauf 12Peter Silberman 11The Weakerthans 11Lyrics Born 11Rain Machine 11Mose Allison 11Roky Erickson 11The Antlers 11Glen Hansard 10The Swell Season 10The Melodic 10Xenia Rubinos 10Prism Tats 9Marianne Faithfull 9N.A.S.A. 9Deafheaven 9So Much Light 9Delicate Steve 9Cameron Avery 8Solillaquists of Sound 8Greg Graffin 8Cadence Weapon 8The Coup 8Calexico 7Elliott Smith 7Eddie Izzard 7Dead Man's Bones 7Alec Ounsworth 7Beth Orton 7Kelly Hogan 7Title Fight 7Jade Jackson 7Los Angeles Police Dep... 6A Girl Called Eddy 6Busdriver 6Os Mutantes 6Kate Bush 6Broken Twin 5One Day As A Lion 5The Field 5Keaton Henson 5Beat Connection 5Japandroids 5The Drums 5The Dream Syndicate 4Ersi Arvizu 4Marketa Irglova 4Pops Staples 3Danny Cohen 3Sierra Leones Refugee... 3Petra Haden 3Cass McCombs 3Curtis Harding 2Various Artists: RANGO 2Girlpool 1Tricky 1Joe Strummer And The M... 1Youth Group 1Blackalicious 1Antibalas 1Porter Wagoner 1Various Artists: ROGUE... 1The Locust 1Rogue's Gallery 1Kronos Quartet with Br... 1Simian Mobile Disco 1case/lang/veirs 1Merle Haggard 1Jeff Tweedy
See Full List+