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The Drums - 'Me And The Moon'

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Fraser McAlpine | 09:35 UK time, Saturday, 11 December 2010

The Drums

I tell you what gets my goat about the Drums, right; nice tunes and all that, a decent, spirited attempt to re-create the murk and thrust of '80s indie; and '80s indie was always half-obsessed with '60s surf-pop anyway. The turn-ups and sneakers are also painstakingly accurate. They've really done their homework.

Buuut, as a group of young men, they so very clearly do not want anyone to make the mistake of believing that they like doing what they do, in case anyone then goes on to extrapolate that this puts them on a showbiz par with, say, Justin Bieber.

(Which is also something of an '80s indie hangover, sad to say.)

And worse, being serious hipsters, they do come across at times as if they're above the people who are foolish enough to be carried away by their music. I really, really hope that this is not the case, they do seem to go out of their way to provide evidence for the prosecution at every turn.

Warm and welcoming performers, they are not.

(Here's the video. STAND UP STRAIGHT BOY! SING PROPERLY!)

Look at that video. Does that look like fun? Could any three young men make the job of being the stars in their own promotional film about their own music look any more like a tiresome chore?

"Dude, what've we gotta do NOW? Like, lift this blanket? Oh whatever. I'm totally dropping it"

"Yeah, what's the deal with this miming the guitar? You can't MAKE me. I'm all like...NOT playing the guitar, and junk."

"You want me to what? Dance? Sing? Oh GOD! Can't someone ELSE do it? Right well I'm not gonna do it PROPERLY, people will think it was my idea."

And so on, and so on, and so on...

Their collective demeanour is that of a bunch of sulky teens who have been forced into being a lame-ass pop band by their dad, singing stupid trite nonsense about moons and girls, when they would all rather be in a metal band, singing about killing Orcs with a massive sword, and the righteous cleansing fire of rock.

And it's a real shame, because any fool can make music which is angry or dark or grunty, it's a LOT harder to make something light and fun and pretty, because you're always on the knife-edge between that and stupid/insipid/drippy.

Or, to put it like your gran would put it; if a job's worth doing, it's worth doing PROPERLY.

Three stars Download: Out now

thedrums.com
BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

Stereogum says: "Matthew Dear's remix is way more Matthew Dear like."

BlahBlahBlahScience says: "The Clock Opera kids flip this new Drums single, [which] comes to us as one in a series of four new remixes released to accompany the new 'Me & the Moon' release."

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