The Drums Albums Ranked

The Drums are an American indie pop band from New York City. The Drums made their American television debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on February 15, 2012. MTV gave the band a celebrity chart special on MTV HD channel in May 2012, where Pierce and Graham introduced their favorite videos and bands as well as some of their own videos. On February 16, 2014, The Drums posted, “celebrating the only way we know how. Album 3 is finished.” on their official Facebook page. On July 17, 2014, The Drums announced that their third studio album would be called Encyclopedia and would be released September 23, 2014. In an interview with Billboard Magazine, they stated that he and Graham were ready to come back together and give The Drums another try. They holed up in a lakeside cabin in upstate New York and “went crazy”, says Graham. “That’s when it occurred to me that we can have fun with this and make a record that’s interesting and bizarre.’ “The resulting cathartic collection of tracks departs from the Drums’ signature “tonal palette,” as Graham calls it. With taut, spindly guitar lines, liberal sprinklings of tambourine, and uptempo kick drums that belie the brooding, thoughtful content matter of songs like “Best Friend”. Here are all of The Drums albums ranked.

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5. Encyclopedia (2014)

The Drums: Encyclopedia Album Review | Pitchfork

“I loved The Drums eponymous debut but after the somewhat underwhelming “Portemento” I was in no real rush to get a hold of album number 3, “Encyclopedia”. When I did eventually get around to listening to it, I was pleasantly surprised. The band maintain their mix of guitars and synth pop music but there is definitely an urgency present on this record that eluded The Drums for most of “Portemento”. The first 5 tracks of “Encyclopedia” sit comfortably next to their best work.”

4. Brutalism (2019)

Review: The Drums - Brutalism | theindiecator

“I am a fan of The Drums music and was really surprised by this album. It was one of their easiest albums to listen to from start to finish. I really don’t have any criticism of this album at all. All of my favorite artist usually have that one song per album that feels out of the rest, this album did not.”

3. Abysmal Thoughts (2017)

Abysmal Thoughts by The Drums Reviews and Tracks - Metacritic

“Jonny Pierce is the only member left but, against all odds, the sound of the band is better than on the angular ‘Encyclopedia’. The group goes back to the early vibes, but Jonny and his complete freedom over the project seem liberated, weightless and inspired. Don’t sleep on this album, it is an unexpected and strong album.”

2. Portamento (2011)

The Drums: Portamento Album Review | Pitchfork

“A good album if perhaps not quite as consistent as their debut. In some respects recalls ’80’s synth bands. The dictionary definition of Portamento is : the act or instance of gliding from one note to another in singing. Pretty apt.”

1. The Drums (2010)

The Drums: The Drums Album Review | Pitchfork

“A good debut, full of indie pop gems. I wouldn’t say a masterpiece or groundbreaking but I would say highly enjoyable and great fun. The melodies going on here are fantastic. In general the band keep thing simple here and it works to the bands advantage. The results show that you sometimes you just can’t beat the classic guitar / bass / drums / vocals combo.”