It’s very easy to dismiss The Drums just for their boyish good looks. The sold-out show at Oxford Art Factory last night only proving the contrary, with the anticipation “killing” those in my immediate vicinity. The Brooklyn quartet with all their humble stage presence broke into song (albeit late) and the crowd followed soon after in song and hand claps.
Visiting as part of Splendor in the Grass, The Drums warmed us with their twee-pop spanning over their Summertime EP and their latest self-titled release. There were few moments where their energy became a little superfluous – out-of-time cues in “Submarine” and hostile adaptations of “I Need Fun In My Life” and “Make You Mine” made it acoustically fuzzy in comparison to their recorded equivalent. On the whole however, they are extremely fun to watch with vocalist Jonathan Pierce exhausting almost every inch of the stage as if a kid extremely hyped on sugar. It is without question that The Drums were highly entertaining, a little flamboyant and fashionably cool. So what if they’re a little bit hip?!
A few more photos here.