Jonathan Pierce about ‘Kings Of Leon’

”Kings of Leon should split up and Sex on fire is one of the worst songs I’ve heard in my life.”

The Drums frontman Jonathan Pierce said to

“I would advise them to split up and stop making music, I don’t think they’re really helping anybody – they’ve never made a song that’s really touched me in any way. I honestly think that the new Britney Spears record is better than their songs – it sounds like a really great pop song and that’s what I really like. They’re very American bar rock and it’s not interesting, it doesn’t affect me at all. That ‘Sex On Fire’ song is one of the worst songs I’ve heard in my life.

Bassist Jared Followill doesn’t enjoy being in the band. I don’t think he really enjoys the music that Kings Of Leon are putting out. I’ve had long conversations with him and he’s very open to me. He has really great taste in music and likes really great bands – I think he looks at Kings of Leon and it’s just a job that he has.”

Read the whole story here.

The Drums: Portamento

I am a bit late with my review to the new album Portamento by Brooklyn ‘indiepop meets post-punk’-band The Drums but I just forgot it. They name bands such as Joy Division or Orange Juice as their influences and the sound has the 80’s like post-punk feeling at it. Praised by magazines such as NME or Pitchfork as the ‘next big thing’ in Indie the real big success failed to appear. Although it ranged silver in the UK and peaked in several countries and I also liked their debut.

Portamento is the third physical release of them and the second long-play. It came out on Island Record September 2 in the UK. There was a previously released video of What You Here and single called Money. I really liked these two teasers and so I looked forward to listen to the new record. It starts budding with typical Drums-pace and that ‘sandy beach feeling’-rock’ they already showed on their very first EP Summertime. What I recognized is that they played more post-punk on Portamento. The two singles What You Here and Money and also the fifth track on the album Hard To Love affords a travel back to New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies. I especially loved the awesome organ on Hard To Love. I had to laugh at Searching For Heaven because I didn’t know why that track made it to Portamento, it really did not fit to the other songs. Anyway, Please Don’t Leave Me and If He Likes It Let Him Do It were better but in my opinion this album lacks of highlights and the best songs are the two which were already released as singles and I also liked Days and Hard To Love. But all in all the songs just all sounded too much like the other songs on the album and what they already released in earlier records. You somehow drift away at half and don’t really listen anymore. There is simply too less outstanding stuff on Portamento except the few I mentioned. But I gave it a chance and listened it until the end and have to say the last two tracks turned out not as bad as I expected the end of an album I already gave up on.

So as I already said if you heard the singles there are just a few songs left to be excited to at Portamento. If you are new to the Drums give the older record a spin before you dare at this, you won’t be disappointed. As a confirmed Drums-listener I advise to listen to the first four or five songs and then skip to the last two tracks or you also choose one of the older records. At least that’s what I’d do.

  • 5.8/10

(Get Portamento here)

Stream: The Drums ‘Portamento’

Stream: Portamento

New York indie band The Drums will release their second record Portamento on September 13th on Island Records. It is already streamable here.

New Video: The Drums ‘What You Were’

(off their upcoming record Portamento out on September 12th)

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