About The Drums
An unlikely but undeniably catchy mix of Factory Records-style indie and ‘50s-inspired melodies, the Drums have roots that can be traced to the childhood friendship of Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham. After meeting at summer camp, the pair formed the electro-pop duo Goat Explosion while they were still in their teens. However, the band split and Pierce and Graham went on to other projects: Graham formed the indie pop group Horse Shoes, who released an EP on Shelflife in 2009. Meanwhile, Pierce and another friend, Adam Kessler, founded the new wave-inspired band Elkland, who were signed to Columbia Records and issued the album Golden in 2005. That year, Pierce left the band (which broke up in 2006) and took a hiatus from making music. In 2008, Graham and Pierce reconnected and began writing songs together, trading the electronic direction of their earlier collaboration for a guitar-based approach. Early the following year, Pierce and Graham moved from central Florida to New York City, where Kessler became their second guitarist. With the addition of drummer Connor Hanwick, formerly of Cape of No Hope, the Drums’ lineup was complete, and by that summer, the band’s shows were gaining buzz. Moshi Moshi released the Drums’ singles “Let’s Go Surfing” and “I Felt Stupid,” and their debut EP, Summertime!, arrived late in 2009. The singles “Best Friend” and “Forever and Ever Amen” preceded the band’s self-titled first album, which Moshi Moshi released in the U.K. in spring 2010; it arrived in the States that autumn. During their first U.S. tour, Kessler left the group; friend of the band Tom Haslow played guitar for the rest of those dates. The Drums commenced writing and recording as a trio, releasing their first single with this lineup, “The New World,” in April 2011. Recruiting Violens’ Chris Stein and Myles Matheny as members of their touring act, the band released the darker, keyboard-heavy Portamento that September.
Soulive was joined by special guests Marcus King, Maurice Brown, Tash Neal and Frédéric Yonnet for the fourth show of their Bowlive VIII residency at Brooklyn Bowl.
Jackie Greene unveiled pro-shot video of his set at Red Rocks on July 4 featuring special guest Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
Acclaimed drummer Bill Vitt, best known for his work as part of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders’ band has died.
The Highwomen – Amanda Shires, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby – confirmed the release of their self-titled debut album and shared the video for the lead single, “Redesigning Women.”
Dave Matthews Band made it through Thursday’s rescheduled concert at Jones Beach without any weather issues, dusted off a ‘Before These Crowded Streets’ classic and jammed with James Casey of the Trey Anastasio Band.