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The Drums Announce New Album “Jonny” out October 13th via ANTI- Records & Share New Single “Better”

July 15, 2023
Press shot by Qiao Meng

THE DRUMS

New album ‘Jonny’ announced
Out October 13th on ANTI- Records

The Drums have officially announced ‘Jonny’; founding-member Jonny Pierce’s forthcoming sixth studio album that will arrive October 13th, 2023 via ANTI- Records. Heartbreaking, playful, raucous, and serene all in turn, ‘Jonny’ as a body of work confronts the deep-rooted childhood trauma Pierce experienced growing up in a cult-like religious community in upstate New York, and triumphs over the long shadow it cast on his life and relationships for years.

Alongside the announcement arrives “Better”: the latest song from the project, which drapes a glimmering hook over lyrics about lurching out of codependency and retreating back into reliable arms of loneliness.

This truly heartfelt composition provides this immersive experience. It’s so easy to embrace the soul that has gone into the new creations, The Drums are releasing this intoxicating music that so wonderfully captures this outfit at its very 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. The new track captures this poignancy, powerfully portrayed in the most striking landscapes. Sincere and enthralling, you can’t help but be connected to the intimate lyrics and the compelling compositions. Personal and paramount.

“When I finished ‘Jonny’, I listened to it, and I heard my soul reflected back at me,” says Pierce about the record. “It is devastating and triumphant, it is lost and found, it is confused and certain, it is wise and foolish. It is male and female, it is hard and gentle. To encapsulate ones’ whole self in an album, to honor each and every part of you – even the parts that feel at odds with each other, is to make something deeply human, and because my religion is humanism, the album becomes a sacred place for me to worship. Each feeling a different pew, each song a hymn to the human heart.”
 
On Jonny’, Pierce doesn’t just conquer the darkness that haunted his childhood and the subsequent unworthiness that loomed for decades after – he absolves and loves it for what it was. In doing so, the record unearths a true sense of hope, optimism and joy that’s existed just beyond his fingertips for most of his life. An embrace of the mess of life in all its facets, Jonny’ offers an invitation to dissolve all the hard lines that separate us from ourselves and, by extension, each other — to soften our shells, to let some tenderness in. Always finding the balance between aching melancholy and irresistible pop sensibilities, the album finds Pierce peering through a kaleidoscope of shimmering guitars, reverb, modular synthesisers and drum machines: a sonic identity that has been uniquely, and wholly The Drums since their emergence 15 years ago.
 
‘Jonny‘ serves as a love letter to a galaxy of Pierce’s younger selves. The toddler who endured life-rippling trauma; the teenager who reflexively built up an armour to the outside world; the on-stage performer; the dancer; the lover. Each version of himself that, for much of his life, he felt was never enough. Channeled within tracks like “Better,” as well as the recently released “Obvious”, “I Want It All” and Plastic Envelope / Protect Him Always,” the record is filled with self-reflective indie pop songs as well a series of minute-long vignettes that ground the album in gentle introspection as Pierce sings directly to his younger selves.
 
The album is a reclamation a lifetime in the making, even down to the intimate album and single artwork – a series of naked self-portraits snapped when he returned to his childhood home in New York a decade ago. Feeling a need to drive upstate one day while he knew his parents would be at service, he took a photo in prayer-pose in his father’s church office chair among other places in the house where something significant or traumatic happened to him as a kid. It was an experience he couldn’t make sense of in the moment, let alone share with the outside world, but the feeling of putting his nude body into the spaces where others had so often made him feel powerless was a triumph he would discover years later during the making of Jonny.

‘Jonny’ track list:

I Want It All

Isolette

I’m Still Scared

Better

Harms

Little Jonny

Plastic Envelope

Protect Him Always

Be Gentle

Dying

Green Grass

Obvious

The Flowers

Teach My Body

Pool God

I Used to Want To Die

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