Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham met at summer camp when they were children and have been best friends ever since. Soon after their initial meeting, they formed Goat Explosion and toured extensively in North America during their teenage years. Around 2003, Jonathan and Adam Kessler formed Elkland. In the meantime, Jacob formed a band called HORSE SHOES (Shelflife Records). Jonathan ultimately decided to take a few years off from writing music after becoming disillusioned with the music business and parted ways with Elkland in 2005.
Jacob and Jonathan started a band. The Drums were formed in late 2008
Relocating to New York, The Drums added former Elkland guitarist Adam Kessler on second guitar and NYC born drummer Connor Hanwick (formerly of lo-fi teen pop duo Cape Of No Hope) to the line up and set up a month long residency at a small club on the lower east side of Manhattan.
The Drums to play Heaven. Having just finished the NME Awards Tour with a triumphant show at London’s Brixton Academy, The Drums were crowned winners of the “Philip Hall Radar” award at NME awards on February 24th.
The quartet have now announced a new London headline show for June plus they’ll be playing Camden Crawl & Live at Leeds Festival as well:
30th April – Live at Leeds Festival, Leeds
1st May – Camden Crawl, London
Tuesday 8th June – Heaven, London
Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
Tickets go on sale Friday 12th March
Released on March 29th, the first single from the album will be brand new track ‘Best Friend’, which has fast become a live favourite with its soaring chorus and guitarist Jacob Graham’s impassioned tambourine playing.
Additionally, The Drums will be appearing as the special guests on Florence and the Machine’s May UK tour.
Florence and the Machine support dates:
02-May – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
03-May – Dublin, Olympia Theatre
05-May – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
06-May – Edinburgh, Corn Exchange
07-May – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
09-May – Blackpool, Empress Ballroom
10-May – Wolverhampton, Civic Theatre
11-May – Wolverhampton, Civic Theatre
13-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
14-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
15-May – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo
The Drums’ ‘Summertime!’ EP is out now on Moshi Moshi / Island Records.