Wednesday 21 September 2011

The Drums Are Ready For The Big Jump

The Drums are currently promoting their new album Portamento. Therefore they are playing a show case on Paradiso's small stage. Their self-titled début album received mixed reviews as did their live shows. Some people were not impressed by the band and thought they were over-hyped. Time to find out for myself and what the new songs will sound like.

The Drums at Paradiso Amsterdam, 14 September 2011 (Ronald Says 8 out of 10)

Of course the room is filled with many young people with a substantial part from the UK. They get a chance to see their heroes up close on a relatively small stage. The new songs prove the band has grown. Of course still chuck full of emotions but in a more grown up way. They kept the occasional nice Beach Boys like harmonies and the playful guitar lines. It's not hard to hear influences like The Strokes, Joy Division and The Smiths.

Front man Jonathan Pierce is a first class crooner and draws all the attention. The rest of the band are a looking a bit pale compared to him, but that's why you need a singer like him. His voice is clear and he's looking comfortable on stage. Even the falsetto parts are powerful. They are playing a pretty tight set although they do make some mistakes now and then. Nothing serious though and newcomers Chris Stein and Myles Matheny seem to fit in nicely.

The young crowd is loving every minute of it and responds to all songs and know every single one of them including the new ones. The Drums are proving that they have grown a lot in the past year. With a good new album in their hands they should be able to take it to the next level. 2012 could be an important year for this band.

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