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The Drums Share New Single “Obvious” – Out Now via ANTI-

June 9, 2023
Photo Credit: Qiao Meng


Share new single “Obvious” out now via ANTI-

 The Drums shareObvious”, a blissful new song that finds founding-member Jonny Pierce steering himself into the beautiful interdependence that can flower when you neither lose yourself nor fortify yourself against another person.

The latest preview from his forthcoming sixth studio album, the track builds upon a recent string of introspective releases including “I Want It All” and the interconnected song-and-vignette Plastic Envelope / Protect Him Always.”

The new single brings this elevation to the atmosphere. The track will move you as it boasts such enthused harmonies and rhythmic looping, the track embarks on this upbeat trajectory and fluctuates the movement with the core focus on affection.

Time passes and yet The Drums are fundamentally the same band, releasing this intoxicating music that so wonderfully captures this outfit at their vest best. Whether The Drums deliver cutting, slower, emotive pieces or upbeat feel-good classics, the range is vast and the lyrics compelling, their tones resonate that timeless appeal.

“Unwavering love has shown itself to be stronger than any of my fears and self-protections,” adds Jonny Pierce.“Obvious” is a joyous song about that transformative moment, of finally lifting up my head, opening my eyes, and finding steadfast love surrounding me from all angles.  It’s about the realization that I’ve been loved all along, but I am just now feeling safe enough to let myself see it.”
With The Drums’ forthcoming album and first studio project since 2019’s Brutalism on the horizon, Pierce initially teased the record with “I Want It All” in April. A work of art that’s as exposed as it is triumphant, the song weaves together a tapestry of soul-searching ruminations, confrontations of childhood trauma and epiphanies of self-acceptance. The single was followed by the symbiotic pair of tracks “Plastic Envelope” and “Protect Him Always.” Since their releases, the songs have landed on dozens of playlists and garnered coverage from the likes of Rolling Stone, Stereogum, FLOOD Magazine, Under The Radar, Brooklyn Vegan and more. 
Soaring to alt-pop prestige nearly fifteen years ago with a renowned self-titled debut, The Drums continue to thrive, influence and reinvent with every project. Pierce initially conceived of the band back in 2008 and what resulted was worldwide acclaim and a string of five studio albums that deftly walk the line of aching melancholy and irresistible pop sensibilities, presented through a kaleidoscope of pastel guitars, reverb, modular synthesizers and drum machines. It’s a sound that’s wholly unique, and unmistakably The Drums
The Drums’ music remains timeless, as evidenced by the recent explosion of their song “Money,” which first appeared on their breakout sophomore album Portamento. Transforming into a viral sensation earlier this year – over a decade since it was first released – the song has since bloomed with a second life, eclipsing over 230 million streams on Spotify alone, achieving RIAA Gold-certification, and reaching #1 on the Alternative Global Shazam chart and the #2 TikTok Global Hashtag.

The Drums tour dates:
July 12, 2023 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
July 14, 2023 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
July 15, 2023 – Las Vegas, NV – Area 15
July 16, 2023 – Phoenix, AZ – Van Buren
July 17, 2023 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
July 19, 2023 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
July 20, 2023 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
July 21, 2023 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
July 22, 2023 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
July 24, 2023 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
July 25, 2023 – Nashville, TN – Basement East
July 27, 2023 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
July 28, 2023 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
July 29, 2023 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
July 31, 2023 – Boston, MA – Royale
August 3, 2023 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
August 5, 2023 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall
August 6, 2023 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
August 8, 2023 – Chicago, IL – Metro
August 9, 2023 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity
August 11, 2023 – Denver, CO – Bluebird
August 12, 2023 – Salt Lake City, UT – Psych Lake City at Urban Lounge
August 14, 2023 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
August 15, 2023 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
August 16, 2023 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
August 18, 2023 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

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