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The Drums announce headline UK tour for November

The Drums

The Drums

The Drums announce headline UK tour for November. With their debut album crashing straight into the charts at # 16, The Drums look set to make the summer their own with the release of new single and live favourite ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ on August 16th..  Having played two wildly received sold out headline shows @ Heaven, London last week, the band’s gearing up for all the main UK summer festivals including Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, T in the Park, Oxegen and their support slot with Kings of Leon at Hyde Park, London on June 30th. Additionally, The Drums are delighted to announce their first full headline UK tour starting in November. Presale will be from 9am on Wednesday June 16th.

New UK headline tour dates:
Wednesday 24th November – London HMV Forum – www.seetickets.com
Friday 26th November – Bristol Anson Rooms – www.seetickets.com
Saturday 27th November – Birmingham HMV Institute – www.seetickets.com
Monday 29th November – Glasgow ABC – www.gigsinscotland.com
Tuesday 30th November – Belfast, Mandela Hall – www.ticketmaster.ie
Wednesday 1st December – Dublin, Academy – www.ticketmaster.ie
Friday 3rd December – Newcastle Northumbria Uni – www.seetickets.com
Saturday 4th December – Leeds, Metropolitan University – www.lunatickets.co.uk
Sunday 5th December – Nottingham Rock City – www.seetickets.com
Monday 6th December – Manchester Academy 2 – www.seetickets.com

Previously announced UK dates:

Sunday 27th June – Glastonbury
Tuesday 29th June – Junction, Cambridge
Wednesday 30th June – Hyde Park, London w/Kings of Leon
Saturday July 10th – Oyegen, Ireland
Sunday 11th July – T in the Park
August 28th / 29th – Reading / Leeds Festival

The Drums:
Jonny Pierce, Vocals
Jacob Graham, Electric Guitar
Adam Kessler, Electric Guitar
Connor Hanwick, Drums

We only write about two feelings: one is the first day of summer when you and all of your friends are standing on the edge of a cliff watching the sun set and being overcome with all of your hopes and dreams at once. The other is when you’re walking alone in the rain and realize you will be alone forever.Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham met at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed a persistent yet unprosperous electro pop band called Goat Explosion and toured extensively in North America during their teenage years. Around 2003, Jonathan and hometown friend (and master woodsman) Adam Kessler formed indie rock group Elkland, which was quickly signed by Columbia Records. In the years immediately following, Elkland garnered attention in clubs and on the indie music scene with their infectious debut single “Apart”. In the meantime, Jacob formed a band called Horse Shoes (Shelflife Records), specializing in melodically strong and sentimental love songs. Jonathan ultimately decided to take a few years off from writing music after becoming disillusioned with the music business and parted ways with Elkland in 2005. Jacob and Jonathan had long planned to start a new band together, and having tired of electronic music they agreed to shift the emphasis from synthesizers to guitars without ever having learned to play them. Their first co-written song, aptly named “Best Friend” was a strong indication of the direction and spirit of the band, and thus The Drums were born in late 2008 amidst an exciting and hopeful political climate. They self recorded and produced around fifteen songs while living in central florida and with big dreams and a batch of songs they believed in spent the beginning of 2009 saving money to move to New York City. With their arrival in New York, The Drums added former Elkland guitarist Adam Kessler on second guitar and NYC born drummer Connor Hanwick (formerly of lo-fi teen pop duo Cape of No Hope) to the line up and set up a month long residency at a small club on the lower east side of Manhattan. Word of mouth quickly spread and by the end of June 2009, The Drums’ concerts had become a weekly dance party attended religiously by the most critical music fans in New York City. The Drums began performing all over the city for the remainder of the summer, and so the party continued. With their “explosive live show” and a sound and image that are at once familiar and brand new, they were soon dubbed “New York’s official coolest new band” by NME and began receiving national radio play in the UK as well as college radio in the US.  The Drums offer the unlikeliest of hybrids, and stage a clash in their songs between wildly opposing aesthetics and ideas, as though Sun Records and Factory Records had joined forces. Let’s Go Surfing, their debut single, released on Moshi Moshi (who put out early records by Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and Kate Nash), features New Order-style trebly, melodic bass, Ventures-esque guitar, and what many are calling “the most infectious whistling line since Peter, Bjorn and John.” “We originally set out to start a band that sounded like The Wake,” say The Drums, referring to the quintessential doleful mid-80s Factory band. And then, nailing their aesthetic, they add: “[But] there’s an instant gratification in straightforward music. That’s why we love the 1950s. It was the beginning of basic pop music. They did it from scratch and pulled these amazing, timeless melodies out of thin air.” It’s a combination that may not seem logical, but when you hear it you’ll know you need it, you’ve gotta have it and it’s what you’ve always been looking for. Off the back of their critically acclaimed Summertime! EP – released in October 2009 on Moshi Moshi Records – The Drums took the coveted opening slot of the NME tour throughout February before being crowned winners of the “Philip Hall Radar Award” at the NME awards. The Drums played Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in April 23rd, and supported Florence and the Machine on her May UK tour.

www.thedrums.com

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