The Drums Announce New Album & Share New Song

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Three years after the release of their third record, The Drums have announced 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. Pre-order it here. The  first single is streaming now. “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 below.

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 – Jonny 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.”

I said I wanted to let life happen?” says Jonny Pierce. “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.

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?

The Drums are going on tour this month around SXSW, and today they have announced some additional summer tour dates. See all tour dates below:

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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“Abysmal Thoughts” Tracklist:
1. Mirror
2. I’ll Fight For Your Life
3. Blood Under My Belt
4. Heart Basel
5. Shoot The Sun Down
6. Head Of The Horse
7. Under The Ice
8. Are U Fucked
9. Your Tenderness
10. Rich Kids
11. If All We Share (Means Nothing)
12. Abysmal Thoughts

Photo Credit: Moni Haworth
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