The Drums hail from Brooklyn (By way of Florida) and on their second album Portamento, they made music 4 white people 2 dance 2, and they did it great. Despite the danciness though, The Drums have an undercurrent of sadness in most of their (typically sunny sounding) music.
We have some info (via French Kiss Records) and a song about wanting to buy something 4 someone and not having any money. :(
From French Kiss Records:
“The record’s titled Portamento, which is a 17th century Italian term that denotes a vocal slide between two pitches. For Pierce, it takes on an additional, personal meaning. “Well it’s got some significance,” he says. “Jacob and I meeting as young boys with a shared love for Kraftwerk and Anything Box and Wendy Carlos, and these were all synth pioneers, and a common feature on old analogue systems was ‘Portamento.’ It dictates the travel time from one note to another, and we have always thought it was a beautiful word. It seems to come in to play with how we have transitioned in the last year, losing a guitarist, reforming the band, our personal lives, and the actual sound of the album travelling from one thing to the next.” In a sense Pierce is describing loss, nostalgia, redemption, vulnerability, and love, which could well be a checklist of all the things that make The Drums matter.”