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Summertime! EP [EP]

The Drums Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0038PG2W4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lets Go Surfing
2. Make You Mine
3. Don't Be A Jerk, Johnny
4. Submarine
5. Down By The Water
6. Saddest Summer
7. I Felt Stupid

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Drums - Surf's up. 4 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is precisely what we need. Outside the permafrost of the British winter of 2010 hardens and parts of the country look ready for a remake of Dr Zhivago without the need to scoot off to Finland for the snow scenes. How wonderful to cast aside the chill and sink into the glory of an EP which oozes summer tales, surf, beaches, jerks called Jonny and all manner of foolishness.

The Drums are a new US band who take the basic Brian Wilson template, mix it with Shangri La's style angst perfect pop, Jonathan Richman daftness and then add Orange Juice, the Smiths and New Order to produce a fascinating mix of styles and a joyous confection. If this band from Florida and more latterly the uber hot spot of Brooklyn split up tomorrow they can take pride in unleashing this mini classic which eludes so many bands. If you like Muse and all that bombastic pompous guff of 15 minute "prog epics" that make Rush sound like a bundle of laughs stay well clear since the sheer melodies and joy de vivre on this album will probably send you spiralling to accident and emergency.

From the daft opening whistling of the lead track "Let's go surfing" I was hooked. It is what any right thinking person should desire from a pop song. It spins around your head on rotate for days and you find yourself smiling stupidly at people on the bus as it bursts through I Pod. It should have been the Christmas number no 1.

"I Feel Stupid" could have been recorded by Robert Smith if he had a more sunny disposition and "Down by the Water" sounds like Glasvegas on a beach holiday. All the songs on this EP could be singles and this has led the NME to excitedly exclaim that "probe as we might, though, we can't see any rotten molars on this fine-fetlocked gift pony....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Autumn Windfall 21 Oct 2009
By Gannon
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brooklyn's latest hyped-to-the-hilt darlings arrive on the crest of a wave. A 50s surf-rock wave to be precise, and with all the bells and whistles one might expect. Lots of whistles to be more exact still, which loop around the psyche infectiously after the pop sensation that is `Let's Go Surfing'. Its spectacularly simple hooks played on repeat marry Jonathan Pierce's rapid-fire croon.

Slow-time rock `n' roller, `Down By The Water', houses an ethereal refrain and echo-y, super-simple synths. Animal Collective's madcap harmonies are brought to mind on the jerky `Saddest Summer'. With cutesy hand-clap percussion, whistling reprises and Ronettes drumming, `Make You Mine' eases the listen into EP highlight, `Don't Be A Jerk, Johnny'. Iconic, female backing vocals and Chairlift-like childish keyboards all build to a devilishly charming track, destined to soundtrack A&R wet dreams for months to come. A spot of new-wave posturing comes to the fore during `Submarine' courtesy of its New Order riffs that add to a washing of ubiquitous fuzz. EP closer, `I Felt Stupid', satisfactorily bridges the gap between the pair.

Summertime is ultimately easy to love, breathless and golden. Whilst alluring now, there is however a certain fragility to The Drums. On `Don't Be A Jerk, Johnny' Pierce sings, perhaps prophetically, "You used to be so pretty / but now you're just tragic". It would be wise to catch Summertime before it is truly over, and some Autumn advertising campaign probably hammers it. Apple? Hands off, this is not your windfall.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Small Shape Of Things To Come 29 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
Surf guitars, whistles, handclaps, and echoing harmonies don't usually belong with your average up and coming band from anywhere, let alone Florida. Enter The Drums with their bouncy ep of seven short songs all too briefly showing us what they may well be capable of. From the sunshine pop of "Let's Go Surfing" to the Johnathan Richmond echoes of "Don't Be A Jerk Johnny" and the delights of "Make You Mine" - which might just be the best song of the set. It's all just a little bit homemade sounding, quite endearingly indiepop and yet catchy too as all seven songs have melody at their core. It's not difficult to see why they've been getting the press rather excited. If this is the shape of their things to come then the shape could well be rather big.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 15 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
I hope this is a compliment and not an insult, but their stage presence is very Joy Division with a lil bit of Pulp thrown in, the sound ranges Joy Divison to the Cars to early Cure to the Smiths and Pulp which is awesome to me. We need more expressions of talent like this. Love it guys. Carstereo Ratliff aka blackkerouac
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff 11 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
This EP is really good. Listened to these guys on a whim after a Q feature, so picked up the EP. Really good songwriting. If you are looking for a sound its like New Order playing Brian Wilson. Better than most of the rubbish you will hear this year. Shame it's not a full album.
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