Today The Drums have released the wistful new single “Try”.
Listen to it HERE.
“This song was originally going to be released back in 2014, but I didn’t feel the version I had was good enough to release,” The Drums’ Jonny Pierce explained. “It was only after we re-recorded it with bending, haunting strings did the song feel good enough to let into the world. It’s a song about loving someone at peak level only to get little to nothing in return.”
This past April The Drums released their critically acclaimed fifth album Brutalism, the follow-up to 2017’s Abysmal Thoughts, which marked the band’s first release as a solo project from front man Jonny Pierce. 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. “I used to think our songs sounded like they were held together by scotch tape,” Pierce said. “These are more bulletproof.”
This summer The Drums will continue to tour in support of Brutalism with a run of West coast dates that will hit San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and more. All upcoming dates are listed below.
7/25 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
7/26 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
7/27 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
7/30 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
7/31 – Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
8/1 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
8/2 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
8/3 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
8/6 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
8/7 – Vancouver, Canada – Imperial Vancouver
8/8 – Seattle, WA – Showbox