Artist Interviews

Q&A: The Drums

By | Published on Thursday 15 October 2009

The Drums

After meeting at summer camp as children, Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham first performed together in electro-pop band Goat Explosion. Jonathon also formed indie-rock band Elknad with hometown friend Adam Kessler, while Jacob tackled guitar pop in Horse Shoes. The pair reconvened in 2008 to form The Drums, moving from synthesizers to guitars, and calling on Kessler as a second guitarist, as well as NYC-born drummer Connor Hanwick. Together they have created a sound that has been described as a hybrid of surf culture and Factory Records. Their debut single, ‘Let’s Go Surfing’, is out now. We spoke to the band to find out more.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
So basically, we all grew up loving music, but we also all grew up in precarious situations. Sometimes life is shining bright, but mostly it’s just a bunch of questions. I think that’s why us four found each other and why this works. We started this band because we were tired of seeing, hearing, and feeling new things. Nothing feels better than your own bed, and nothing sounds better than a familiar melody.

Q2 What inspired your latest single?
‘Let’s Go Surfing’ is about the unbridled freedom we four crave, and at every chance give in to fully.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?

We write a melody in our heads, set the drums to not exceed three minutes if at all possible, and then put the bass down to form all three proper chord changes. Add a guitar line that can move a mountain, or kiss a flower.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
The Smiths, The Embassy, The Tough Alliance, The Ronettes, The Zombie, Shangri-Las, Blueboy.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
Close your eyes, tuck your shirt in, relax and be cool.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest single, and for the future?
I hope for people to feel more hope than I know I will ever feel. I am so in love…