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....it's so flawless you almost feel embarrassed for everyone else" (let us hope that the traditional NME policy of "build them up and knock them down" will therefore be waived in this instance). It also seems the BBC feels this same excitement as they have just tipped The Drums as one of the best new prospects for 2010. Who cares, just enjoy the music and feel the glow of the sun.