Posts Tagged ‘The Drums’

Melt! Festival 2011

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As already in the year of  2009 and 2010 we presented you the most important and current information directly from the Melt!-Festival. In contrast to the last years the festival returned the his roots. But this wasn’t a reason for the people to stay away. And so the melt! was sold out early ago. Despite of the electronical renaissance with Paul Kalkbrenner, The Koletzkis, DJ Kotze, Boys Noize and many more the headliner were well know Indie-Legeneds: Pulp. This gallery will take you on a short tour through all days and stages at the Melt!.

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photo: Christoph Paul

Ticket give away : Highfield Festival

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This weekend (August 20 to 22) the Störmthaler lake near Leipzig will see the Highfield Festival, one the very last festivals of the season taking place on it’s shore. Wheater forecasts are promising dry and warm days and nights and besides international headliners like Placebo, re-united blink-182 and Billy Talent plus German big names like Fettes Brot, Unheilig and Wir Sind Helden, who are all not really birds of our sonic feather, there’s still a lot of good music to experience live for you.

First of all, there’s the darkly cracking, leather dressed Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (see photo above), who released their by now sixth album Beat the Devil’s Tattoo with the usual form and subject earlier this year. Contrast program to BRMC is offered by colourful klezmer-punk-pop collective Gogol Bordello and Scotland’s for now progressive rockers Biffy Clyro.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Bad Blood

Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-Hole, ex-Smashing-Pumpkins, but at best when solo) mimes the festival’s grande dame die grande dame, while  des Maja Irvasson and her Swedes of The Sounds take over the entertainer part. Too-Scandinavian, but a bit more tricky pop can be heard at The Asteroids Galaxy Tour‘s gig (read our interview with the band here), who as The Drums, Band of Horses, Fotos, OK GO, Good Shoes and Dúné ensure some diversity on the Highfield menu.

The Drums “Forever And Ever Amen (Thieves Like Us Remix)

And there’s one promising band left, that’s already worth the trip on their own, since no else has recently ploughed the cosmic amplitudes of psychedelic rock as brilliantly and fatally stirringly than Australian four-piece Tame Impala did on their fantastic debut album Innerspeaker. Don’t miss ‘em!

Tame Impala “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds

Fortunately we now have the opportunity to give away 1(!) pair of Highfield tickets among everyone, who’s at least 18 years old and sends us his or her post address until tomorrow (Dienstag) 10 am to an . And for the icing on the cake there’s even a trip with the Jägermeister Hochsitz included, taking you to a levitating bar above festival side, from there you can watch all the little ants banging their heads. Good luck!

Placebo, Blink 182, Billy Talent, Fettes Brot, Unheilig, NOFX, Wir Sind Helden, The Gaslight Anthem, Monster Magnet, Madsen, Wizo, Gogol Bordello, Danko Jones, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Mad Caddies, Bela B Y Los Helmstedt, Millencolin, Karamelo Santo, Biffy Clyro, Archive, The Sounds, Revolverheld, All Time Low, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Broilers, Band of Horses, Comeback Kid, Jennifer Rostock, The 69 Eyes Thrice, Parkway Drive, Frank Turner, State Radio, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Drums, Kap Bambino, Fotos, Skindred, Good Shoes, Expatriate, OK GO, Dúné, Minus The Bear, General Fiasco, Tame Impala, Goldhawks, Jupiter Jones, Herrenmagazin

The Drums “The Drums”

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Sometimes things are just passing one by. People keep talking this or that, equally whether good or bad, but you don’t really care about, since it doesn’t spark you, doesn’t grab you. So for a few months new people were talking about a New Yorker band called The Drums without me ever getting into their music at all. However, it’s said, that they are more than just good and do sound like The Smiths, which wouldn’t be too bad, would it? Hence I approached their untitled debut LP (let’s call it The Drums) with a bit of both, excitement and scepiticism.

All of a sudden the next 40 minutes spent listening to the album were more than I’d expected. The band easily needs just few seconds to attract all my attention, an undivided one of course, creating a rather nice, but kindly demure pressure. The Synthesizer form a solid basis complementing one another with the guitars and the Jonathan Pierce’ memorable voice. The result is a soft and untroubled sound, which nevertheless however loses its energy.

It takes the fourth track, “Book of Stories”, to calm down a bit again. Here the drums (the instruments, not the band) are less pushing, leaving the leading role to the synthesizer pads. The fith song, “Forever & Ever Amen”, is then one of the sweetest and most beautiful pieces of this LP. At the same time, melancholy stays this record’s leitmotif until its bittersweet end. Amazingly, the Drums’ music doesn’t lose its pressure and always remains colourful – despite its simplicity and the obvious similarity of some tracks.

On their debut, the Drums fuse the sweetness of The Smiths with the gravity of Joy Division, still able to create their own style. And the pick of this is, that The Drums is a sickly-sweet masterpiece brightening up your life like a cold ice cream at a hot summer’s day.

The Drums will be released on June 7 via Moshi Moshi / Island in the UK and on June 4 via Moshi Moshi /Cooperative Music / Universal in Germany.

The Drums track listing:
1. Best Friend
2. Me & the Moon
3. Skippin Town
4. Book of Stories
5. Forever & Ever Amen
6. Down by the Water
7. It will all end in Tears
8. We tried
9. I need Fun in my Life
10. I’ll never drop my Sword
11. The Future

The Drums live:
27.05. Paradiso, Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
29.05. Primavera Festival, Barcelona (Spain)
31.05. Postbahnhof, Berlin (Germany)
01.06. Molotow, Hamburg (Germany)
02.06. Vega, Kopenhagen (Denmark)
04.06. Doornroosje, Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
05.06. Vera, Groningen (the Netherlands)
07.06. Garage, London (UK)
08.06. Heaven, London (UK)
09.06. Heaven, London (UK)
10.06. La Cigale, Paris (France)
25.06. Open Air St. Gallen, St. Gallen (Switzerland)
27.06. Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury (UK)
29.06. Junction, Cambridge (UK)
30.06. Hyde Park, London (UK) supporting Kings of Leon
02.07. Hove Festival, Tromoy (Norway)
04.07. Eurockeennees, Belfort (France)
05.07. Montreaux Jazz Fest, Montreaux (Switzerland)
08.07. Optimus Alive, Lisbon (Portugal)
10.07. Oxegen Festival, Punchestown (Ireland)
11.07. T in the Park, Kinross (UK)
13.08. Flow Festival, Helsinki (Finland)
14.08. Way Out West Festival, Gothenborg (Sweden)
15.08. Dockville Festival, Hamburg (Germany)
17.08. Atomic Café, Munich (Germany)
19.08. Frequency Festival, Salzburg (Austria)
20.08. Highfield Festival, Grosspösna (Germany)
21.08. Pukkelpop, Hasselt (Belgium)
22.08. Lowlands, Biddinghuizen (the Netherlands)
24.08. Ibiza Rocks Hotel, Ibiza (Spain)
28.08. Leeds Festival, Leeds (UK)
29.08. Reading Festival, Reading (UK)

Maison Kitsuné 8 Teaser

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Remember Neale Lytollis’ harsh crictique on Kitsuné? Well, here – figuratively – comes the Parisian hipster label response. They launched a teaser for their Maison Kitsuné Compilation 8 to be out due November 2009. The new video not only features clothes from the label’s SS 2010 collection but tracks from French Horn Rebellion, The Drums (photo), Siurismo and Le Corps Mince de Françoise. Not too bad for sure, but no real suprises, too.