EW recently talked to Brooklyn indie heroes The Drums about their new album, Encyclopedia, and you can read the jumbo-sized Q&A with founders Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham here. We also asked the pair for a playlist, and they gave us 10 tracks covering an impressive range of sounds and styles, from ambient goth to jittery postpunk funk to the Disney Robin Hood soundtrack.
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Françoise Hardy – “All Over The World”
I know this is meant to be a music playlist, and I certainly love this song but I can’t help but talking about the video! Isn’t it such a precursor to Björk’s “Big Time Sensuality” video? Or maybe it was just early product placement for Coca-Cola? But anyway, what a video! It’s like she’s on a hayride all by herself. You can almost feel the cold breeze.
The Sugarcubes – “Birthday”
Well, speaking of Björk. This is one of Jonny’s favorite songs and of course I love it too. What can I say? It’s a classic!
Johnny Crawford – “Living in the Past”
I love when kids sing about serious subject matter. This kid is “living in the past.”
The Roches – “Hammond Song”
Can you believe those voices? So long! No vibrato! haunting.
Disney’s Robin Hood – “Love”
“Life is brief, but when it’s gone love goes on and on.” Gets me every time!
Bow Wow Wow – “Fools Rush In”
This song is just so fun! I wonder what else is collecting dust in the public domain just waiting to be polished off?
Deaux – “Felicita”
A nice simple song with a nice video. This is legitimate synth-pop.
Joy Electric- “Burgundy Years”
And speaking of synth-pop! Here’s a weird one, but it’s not so weird to us. This is actually the band that is responsible for Jonny and I meeting and making music together. We were both completely obsessed with this band when we were kids.
Autobiography – “The Hit Parade”
This song always makes me feel like a teenager again. On the outside looking in.
This Mortal Coil – “Another Day”
We’ve only just recently discovered this song…sorry, we live under a rock! But it was so nice to finally hear something just about up there with Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work.”
The Drums 2014 Tour Dates:
Sept. 15 – Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
Sept, 16 – Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sept. 17 – Washington, DC 9:30
Sept. 20 – New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sept. 22 – Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Sept. 24 – Montreal, QC Cabaret Mile-End
Sept. 25 – Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
Sept. 27 – Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
Sept. 29 – Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock
Oct. 1 – Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
Oct. 2 -Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Oct. 3 – Sacramento, CA TBD FESTIVAL
Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA Mayan Theatre
Oct. 6 – San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
Oct. 8 – Portland, OR Portland Star
Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA Neumo’s
Oct. 10 – Vancouver, BC Fortune
Oct. 12 – Las Vegas, NV Bunkhouse
Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Oct. 15 – Tucson, AZ Club Congress
Oct. 16 – Phoenix, AZ Pub Rock