Down with the Drums

11 Aug

“Down by the Water” by the Drums is an unmistakable 80’s tune. Except for the fact that it’s from 2010

A chorus that sounds like The Beach Boys in their prime, married with a synth bassline mimicking the <em>Twin Peaks theme song, and lead vocals that bring to mind Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels,” this tune is all about moodiness.

And it has got plenty to spare.

The dragging, anguished, slow paced single is dark, highlighted mainly by a synthesizer, and is the perfect backdrop to the hopeful, yearning lyrics.

“Everybody’s gotta love someone
But, I just wanna love you, dear
Everybody’s gotta feel something
I just wanna be with you, my dear”

Along with these universally themed lyrics, lead singer Jonny Pierce’s voice adds to the 80’s new wave, retro feel and overall downtrodden feel of the piece. His voice cuts through the chorus like a knife, sharp and full of pain.
For those nursing a broken heart, you might want to avoid this song. Or indulge in the melancholia.

Discography:The Drums (2010), Portamento (2011)

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