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The Drums Release New Album 'Brutalism'
Monday, April 8th, 2019

The Drums Release New Album 'Brutalism'

Today The Drums release its fifth album Brutalism, out now via ANTI-.

The follow-up to 2017’s “Abysmal Thoughts,” which marked the band’s first release as a solo project from frontman Jonny Pierce, Brutalism is quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band's ten-year career.  Purchase, stream or download Brutalism right now HERE.

The Drums will celebrate the release of Brutalism with a massive North American tour starting later this month. See below to find a show near you, and get your tickets for the upcoming tour HERE.

Listen to the latest album single “LonerHERE. Pierce describes the track below:

Being a bit of a loner is sort of like being gay for me. When I was a kid, I would pray to be anything but gay - and now as an adult, I treasure the fact that I’m gay. I celebrate it daily. Being gay forced me to think differently, develop my creative side, and to carry a punk attitude. It also helped me define my values and find empathy for those who are marginalized. Being a loner is very similar to that. I don’t like hanging out in groups because I feel real connection is often sacrificed in those settings. Since most people seem to disagree and love a group hangout, that means I spend a lot of time along and listen to my heart. It helps me navigate my life, but it still offers sadness that is always there. You can’t be sensitive without carrying some sadness, and that’s okay.

Like Jonny Pierce, who co-produced the album, Brutalism is a bicoastal record - written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach. Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process. “I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral.” Pierce knew it was time to go to therapy, and begin to reckon with his depression. “It was do or die,” he says. While he focused on his mental health, the making of Brutalism became an extension of self-care for Pierce, and makes for some of his most honest and relatable music to date.

On Brutalism, a lot is different. The album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, but it doesn't provide all the answers. It’s rooted in an emotional rawness, but its layers are soft, intricate and warm, full of exquisitely crafted pop songs that blast sunlight and high energy in the face of anxiety, solitude and crippling self-doubt.  Pierce was more open than ever, keeping his control freakery at bay while working with others to produce and record the album. He brought in Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, Amen Dunes) to mix it.  If there was a guitar part he wanted to write but couldn't play, he brought in a guitarist. It's also the first Drums record with a live drummer. Delegating freed up Pierce's time to produce a more specific vision.

The past year has been transformative for Pierce, who may a permanent rain cloud above his head but is working towards a better, healthier headspace. “I don't think I'll ever really find myself,” he says. “I don't think people do. I don't think there's a day that you wake up and you go, Now I know who I am. The best way for me to be an artist is by taking a goddamn minute, being still and listening to what it is that I want and need.” It was a real year of growth for him, but growth towards what? “I don't really know, and that's OK.”

Tracklisting

1.) Pretty Cloud

2.) Body Chemistry

3.) 626 Bedford Avenue

4.) Brutalism

5.) Loner

6.) I Wanna Go Back

7.) Kiss It Away

8.) Nervous

9.) Blip Of Joy

Tour dates

4/24/19 - Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa **SOLD OUT**

4/26/19 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

4/27/19 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

4/29/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

4/30/19 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

5/01/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro

5/02/19 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater

5/03/19 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

5/04/19 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

5/07/19 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge **SOLD OUT**

5/08/19 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

5/09/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore

5/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

5/11/19 - Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat

5/13/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

5/14/19 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

5/15/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

5/16/19 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater

5/17/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

5/18/19 - Tampa Bay, FL @ The Orpheum

5/20/19 - Pensacola, FL @  Vinyl Music Hall

5/21/19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

5/22/19 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

5/23/19 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

7/25/19 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall

7/26/19 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall

7/27/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium

7/30/19 - San Diego, CA @ North Park

7/31/19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl

8/01/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren

8/02/19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater

8/03/19 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird

8/06/19 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

8/07/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial

8/08/19 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

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