Saturday, 12 June 2010

Are The Drums Bum Chums?

Articles on Brooklyn's most fuckable new band The Drums are already starting to write themselves; Orange Juice/Postcard guitars, Morrissey-esque miserablism, Shangri-Las doomed romanticism, handsome young men, much hyped band, the sound of the summer, a song about surfing, slightly disappointing eponymous debut album released this week...
It took that Boy George to break ranks and say something that was both original and obvious; "They look like four rent boys."
So well done to Paul Lester on The Times who came right out and asked the boys the question that's on three peoples' lips; "Are The Drums gay?"
Ugly/pretty singer Jonathan Pierce had his well rehearsed line all ready; “I can’t speak for the others in the band, but for me it comes down to whoever you fall in love with is who you fall in love with. To limit yourself is a sad thing.”
Guitarist Adam Kessler quickly clarified: “We drink beer, you know.”
When I first read that quote I thought Adam meant that drinking beer leads to drunken boy-on-boy queer fumblings, and then I thought maybe he meant that drinking beer is a clear signifier of their hetero blokeishness, as opposed to drinking Mojitos say.
Confusing, isn't it?
As ever, to find out what the world is really thinking about this band it's best to check out the brilliantly Beavis and Buttheadish comments on YouTube.
After the supercute video for The Drums' single 'Let's Go Surfing' one wag writes that it looks "as gay as a Real Madrid training session."
Another adds simply; "More like lets go butt surfing."

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