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The Drums Announces New Album 'Brutalism,' Out April 5th
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The Drums Announces New Album 'Brutalism,' Out April 5th

The Drums released the critically acclaimed “Abysmal Thoughts” in 2017, marking the band’s first release as a solo project from Jonny Pierce.

Now, two years later, The Drums announces its tremendous, self-care focused fifth LP and a North American tour in support of the album. Quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band's ten-year career, Brutalism, co-produced by Pierce, will be released on April 5th via ANTI-. Pre-order the album HERE, and get your tickets for the upcoming tour HERE.

Alongside today’s album announcement, The Drums releases first single “Body Chemistry,” the first song that was written for Brutalism and for Pierce acts as a cornerstone, both sonically and lyrically, for the record. “For the year prior to writing this song, I had been dealing with an increased feeling of depression. To counter that, I was doing all I could do to try and make myself feel good: implementing all sorts of self-care, going to therapy, eating well, exercising at the gym, taking a step back from partying, and focusing on positive relationships while weeding out the not-so-good ones” he explains. “I still found myself weighed down with anxiety and depression. This song asks the question: Is this dull, sad feeling in my DNA? Is it part of my gene pool? Can it ever be corrected? I had been confronting some of my most stubborn demons, and I came to realize that confronting doesn’t always mean conquering.” Listen to “Body Chemistry” HERE.

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Like Jonny Pierce, Brutalism is a bicoastal record - written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach. Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process. “I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral.” Pierce knew it was time to go to therapy, and begin to reckon with his depression. “It was do or die,” he says. While he focused on his mental health, the making of Brutalism became an extension of self-care for Pierce, and makes for some of his most honest and relatable music to date.

On Brutalism, a lot is different. The album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, but it doesn't provide all the answers. It’s rooted in an emotional rawness, but its layers are soft, intricate and warm, full of exquisitely crafted pop songs that blast sunlight and high energy in the face of anxiety, solitude and crippling self-doubt.  Pierce's decision to prioritize his own health and wellbeing clearly bled into how he crafted this record. He was more open than ever, keeping his control freakery at bay, working with others to produce and record the album. He brought in Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, Amen Dunes) to mix it.  If there was a guitar part he wanted to write but couldn't play, he brought in a guitarist. It's also the first Drums record with a live drummer. Delegating freed up Pierce's time to produce a more specific vision.

Brutalism is truly pop at its core, with thoroughly modern production and Pierce’s newfound tenderness. Back in The Drums' previous iterations, the pressure was on Pierce to maintain the innocent and nostalgic sound of this surf-pop indie band and it didn't allow him to explore sex, drug use, darker emotions or how he felt currently. “Abysmal Thoughts” was the first occasion he had chance to do that. Lyrically Brutalism is another giant step in that direction, and is defined by vulnerability. That's why you can dance to Brutalism, you can cry to Brutalism, and you can laugh to it too.

The past year has been transformative Pierce, who may a permanent rain cloud above his head but is working towards a better, healthier headspace. “I don't think I'll ever really find myself,” he says. “I don't think people do. I don't think there's a day that you wake up and you go, Now I know who I am. The best way for me to be an artist is by taking a goddamn minute, being still and listening to what it is that I want and need.” It was a real year of growth for him, but growth towards what? “I don't really know, and that's OK.”

Tour dates

4/24/19 - Tustin, CA @ Marty's On Newport

4/26/19 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace

4/27/19 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger

4/29/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

4/30/19 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club

5/01/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro

5/02/19 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater

5/04/19 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

5/07/19 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

5/08/19 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes

5/09/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore

5/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw

5/11/19 - Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat

5/13/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle

5/14/19 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

5/15/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

5/16/19 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater

5/17/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live

5/18/19 - Tampa Bay, FL @ The Orpheum

5/20/19 - Pensacola, FL @  Vinyl Music Hall

5/21/19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

5/22/19 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

5/23/19 - Austin, TX @ Emo's

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