"The Drums are coming back, everyone. After announcing that they would be appearing at this year’s SXSW and touring around it, the indie-pop group have revealed plans for their forthcoming new record “Abysmal Thoughts” (quotation marks and all). The release sees them moving to ANTI- and places frontman Jonny Pierce as the project’s mastermind. In fact, Pierce is the sole musical force on the album, both handling all of the writing duties and recording every instrument.
“Abysmal Thoughts” is a record born out of the broken heart that saw Pierce leave music entirely for a period of time, and its title would seem to indicate that Pierce finds his creativity more stimulated when reveling in the darker recesses of the mind. Discussing the mentality of the album in a press release, he states, “The stuff that resonates with me the longest—and that resonates with others—is always the stuff that comes out of my misery,” noting, “I said I wanted to let life happen? Well, the universe listened and life began to fuck me real good!” He’s also sure to note that while the lost love that led him to those titular abysmal thoughts may be a thing of the past, that doesn’t mean he can expect happiness, adding that “with the political chaos that is raining down, who knows when these dark feelings will subside?”
The Drums celebrated their album announcement by premiering the first single, “Blood Under My Belt,” over at Pitchfork. The song serves as proof that Pierce can still write an incredibly danceable pop song, even if the subject matter is far from upbeat. . . “Abysmal Thoughts” is out June 16 via ANTI."
-Carter Shelter for Paste Magazine