The Drums - Let's Go Surfing - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

The Drums - Let's Go Surfing

by Katie Butler Rating:8.5 Release Date:2010-08-16

Few bands have had as much success in 2010 as The Drums: after a storming set at this year's Glastonbury Festival, supporting Kings of Leon in London's Hyde Park and their first UK headline tour this November, The Drums have already been deemed 'The Next Big Thing' to come out of New York. Achievements made even more impressive by the fact this particular band line-up have only been making music since 2008. Anyone who's anyone has heard of The Drums, (courtesy of Radio 1's Zane Lowe), or has at least been whistling that infectiously catchy melody that dominates debut single, 'Let's Go Surfing'. In the same way that Peter, Bjorn and John had almost the entire nation whistling, The Drums have produced a rather clear-cut, undemanding track with a chorus so simple that everyone can, and more importantly will want to, join in.

With their vocal harmonies and straightforward instrumentals, it's unsurprising the band have been compared to The Beach Boys, but in a time of such economic crisis and general dispair, a new wave of optimistic surf-rock is exactly what the doctor ordered. Supposedly written on the day of President Obama's inauguration, 'Let's Go Surfing' is fresh, fun and innocently hopeful. True, it doesn't offer much lyrical or instrumental genius, but it's the pure simplicity of the track that makes it work; the foursome have managed to created a damn good pop song without the use of synthesisers or vocal trickery, just the ol' drum kit and a couple of decent guitars.

It's a perfect summertime hit with a thumping pop beat and a happy-clapping bridge that will have boys and girls raising their hands above their heads in applause. With the re-release of 'Let's Go Surfing' and their name on the tip of every up-and-coming-music-lover's tongue, 2010 has been a pretty spectacular year for The Drums so far: it's fair to say, believe the hype.

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