The Drums at Mercury Lounge 4/7/11

April 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Us TnJ-ers are fiercely loyal to our favorite bands. When we saw The Drums during CMJ, we got hooked on their live performance, and jumped on an opportunity to see them in an intimate setting again. This time, it was at Mercury Lounge, one of my personal top picks for best venue to see live music in NYC. Just the right capacity, and on a normal night, the crowd is less obnoxious than most.

The opener, to be blunt, was not really worth mentioning. To say we suffered through their pseudo-goth set is to be kind. However, other folks in the audience seemed to love it. So we’ll leave it at that.

We were there for The Drums, and only The Drums. Very rarely does such an enigmatic lead singer emerge who can pull off the surf rock, and super-nerdy fashion sense. You can’t tell from our photos, but he is wearing a t-shirt embroidered with the word “Paris,” TUCKED IN. A tucked in t-shirt!!!

Jonathan Pierce, lead singer of The Drums

Their set consisted of mostly songs off of their self-titled debut from last year, including but not limited to “Best Friend,” “It Will All End in Tears,” “Book of Stories,” and of course, “Let’s Go Surfing.”

An intimate Jonathan moment.

We were once again blown away by the charisma that everyone in the band exuded. They are all in their early 20s, but carry themselves as performers weathered way beyond their years. They played a few new (and very good) songs too, from an album that they mentioned will be coming out later this year.

The keyboardist had a flair for the dramatic.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have our best cameras with us and the crowd was a bit tall, but hopefully you can get a sense of how intimate and energetic the performance was. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming dates and releases; seeing them live is highly recommended.

Entry filed under: Bands We Like.

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