It seems like only yesterday we were telling you about The Drums playing a trio of London shows in September. In fact it was July and all three shows sold out quicker than it's taken me to type that last sentence.
Despite the line-up changes and apparent in-house disagreements earlier this year, The Drums are fully charged-up to get phase two of world-domination under way - and that includes a new single, a new album and, yep you've guessed it, a UK tour including a bigger London show for those that missed out on the aforementioned trio (or even for those that didn't and have to have as much of their shows as possible).
Up to your right, you'll see a player loaded up with that new single, "Money", a lightning quick pop-breeze that pays homage to their influential peers, even more so than before. Go and find "On Our Honeymoon" by The Wake on You Tube and you'll see what I mean. Even their hair seems set in the mid-'80s - it's like watching The Bodines (another fabulous indie-pop outfit from the early days of the Creation label) all over again.
The single will appear in September, with the long-awaited sophomore album, "Portamento", finally seeing the light of day a week later on the 12th.
Seattle remixers Beat Connection have just done the business with lead single 'Money' and you can download the remix for free from 'Money [free remix]' link on the right. But what about those shows? Keep reading...
First stop during the autumn will be Birmingham on 28th November, followed by Newcastle, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Bristol, Shepherd's Bush and finally Manchester on 10th December. More shows may be added at a later date but, meanwhile, you can cop these on Friday morning at 9am, provided you are armed with credit [or debit - useful Ed] card and £13.50 or £15! A warning: The Drums shows frequently sell out - so be quick.
You can also catch the band at the Split Festival in Sunderland on 17th September, alongside Dutch Uncles, Beth Orton and Little Comets - £20 for the day's line-up is a bargain.