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Oxegen 2010 - The Drums

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ATL | 12:14 UK time, Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Red Bull Tent, Saturday 10th July, 9.50pm

Describe in a tweet: Breath of fresh air

What happened: New York act The Drums are one of the buzz bands of the moment after releasing a short seven track EP last year as well as earning themselves a place on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2010 poll. On top of this they released their debut album proper a few weeks ago. So, quite rightly, the tent was rammed for their performance.

Going on slightly later than billed, probably due to the fact that the set was being played out live on the Red Bull Music Academy website, the band finally came on and wasted no time in giving the crowd what they came for. Melancholic, sardonic, catchy indie belters!

Channelling the energy of early Smiths-period Morrisey in both vocal style and content ("you're my best friend, and then you die"), the concert achieves that rare goal of making this reviewer want to rush home after the set and listen to the album over and over again.

Crazy in Love: Every so often the guitar player would put down his main instrument in favour of a tamborine and prance around the stage tapping it. You couldn't help but smile. 

99 Problems: The tent was absolutely jam-packed - they could easily have played to a larger audience. 

Oxegen Rating: 8/10

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