THE DRUMS släpper “Abysmal Thoughts”

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
“Absolutely irresistible” – Billboard
“bouncy, lovestruck” – Consequence of Sound
“Indie pop gems” – SPIN
“Given the title, you can probably already tell that ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ is far from sunny, but what Jonny manages to do is craft a record that is somber and reflective yet also thrilling.” – DIY Magazine
“Despite professional and personal heartache The Drums are stronger and more electric than ever with fourth LP Abysmal Thoughts.” – Raw Meat

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.

The Drums will take “Abysmal Thoughts” on the road this Summer. 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&Atoday at 7:00 PM BST / 8:00 PM CEST.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
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

For more information on The Drums:
http://www.thedrums.com/
https://www.instagram.com/jonnypierce/
https://www.facebook.com/wearethedrums/
https://twitter.com/thedrumsforever

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