The Brooklyn indie group are streaming a new song titled I Can’t Pretend, taken from their upcoming record.
The Drums returned last month with their first new song in three years called Magic Mountain. They announced that their new album Encyclopedia, will be out on September 23 via Minor Records.
The Drums burst onto the scene in 2009 with the Summertime EP, featuring the ‘Beach Boys’ influenced single ‘Let’s Go Surfing’.
The Band previewed Encyclopedia on the roof of a Times Square hotel in earlier this month. The gig was free to attend, with a line of people queuing around the block to try and get in.
Speaking with Spin about the song, The Drums’ frontman Jonny Pierce said:
“The moment we take our first breath, we become slaves to this life and to it’s pointlessness — and there really is no out. If that seems heavy-handed, well that’s because our shared reality is… a heavy one. I’ve never had much of a drive to build an empire or much less a retirement fund, simply because it’s a lot of shuffling about for nothing… in the end it’s all for nothing. Some days this hopelessness chains me to my bed. But, there are other days where I find myself almost blissful because if there is no point, then there are no rules and you can be whatever and whoever you want to be. It’s maybe the only true hope one can cling to (if you’re serious) and you can only find it deep in the folds of Utter Hopelessness. That, my friends, is what ‘I Can’t Pretend’ is about. No rules — get to it. Love who you want! Do what you want!”
Listen to I Can’t Pretend below.