“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 realise you will be alone forever.” It’s perhaps the most eloquent way to sum up The Drums, even if the band wrote it themselves. Perennially bouncing in between the surf spirit of the Beach Boys and 1950s flashbacks to days of quintessential American diners and dances around Wurlitzers, the bands’ unashamedly basic pop origins are given added character with melodious backdrops, dripping harmonies and the anguished laments of lovelorn teens that’s enough to have you eyeing up any classic jukebox enviously.

By Reef Younis

More from