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Hear the Drums Plumb Depression, Self-Care on Clever New Song ‘Body Chemistry’

Track will appear on indie pop outfit’s forthcoming LP, ‘Brutalism’

Indie pop outfit the Drums unveiled a deceptively chipper, yet instantly infectious new song, “Body Chemistry,” that will appear on their forthcoming album, Brutalism, out April 5th via Anti-.

“Body Chemistry” finds a rumbling rush of drums anchored by a thick bass groove, over which Drums mastermind Jonny Pierce laces silky guitars and his inviting croon. His lyrics, meanwhile, expertly blend both humor and melancholy as he sings, “I know some good luck/And a good fuck/A nice glass of wine/And some quality time/Is gonna make you mine/But it’s not what I’m trying to find.”

Pierce said “Body Chemistry” was the first song he wrote for Brutalism, adding that the song encapsulates the album’s themes of self-care, anxiety and depression. “For the year prior to writing this song, I had been dealing with an increased feeling of depression,” Pierce said. “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. 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.”

Brutalism follows the Drums’ 2017 album, Abysmal Thoughts, and was recorded in Upstate New York and Stinson Beach, outside of San Francisco. The LP, which is available to pre-order, also marks the first Drums album to be recorded with a live drummer.

The Drums will also embark on a North American tour in support of Brutalism this spring. The trek kicks off April 24th in Tustin, California and wraps May 23rd in Austin, Texas. Ticket information is available via the band’s website.

Brutalism Track List

1. “Pretty Cloud”
2. “Body Chemistry”
3. “626 Bedford Avenue”
4. “Brutalism”
5. “Loner”
6. “I Wanna Go Back”
7. “Kiss It Away”
8. “My Jasp”
9. “Blip Of Joy”

The Drums Tour Dates

April 24 – Tustin, CA @ Marty’s On Newport
April 26 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
April 27 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
April 29 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
April 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
May 1 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 2 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
May 4 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
May 7 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
May 8 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
May 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
May 10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
May 11 – Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat
May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
May 14 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
May 16 – Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater
May 17 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
May 18 – Tampa Bay, FL @ The Orpheum
May 20 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
May 21 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
May 22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
May 23 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

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