Ditching Elkland's old electropop keyboards for guitars but maintaining their former group's cool Cold War sound, the Drums have become one of THE most promising new bands of 2010. While they're just beginning to get attention here in the States, they've already received glowing, fawning accolades in the U.K., where they recently won an NME Award for Best New Band, are set to play a slew of sold-out summer festivals (including Glastonbury, T In The Park, and Reading), toured with Florence & The Machine and Kings Of Leon, and collaborated with Mark Ronson on his latest album, Record Collection.
British music mag NME in fact declared the Drums "New York's official coolest new band...the most contagiously energetic NYC band of the past 10 years," indicating that the Drums just may follow in the Converse'd footsteps of the last gang of NYC indie darlings to break big in Britain before doing so in America: The Strokes, who basically were the NME posterboys circa 2000/2001. Luckily, like the Strokes back in the day, the Drums definitely live up to their hype.
Check out the kindler, gentler, quieter Drums below. It's a different Drums, literally!
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