By Slick Nick | @Poppeelings
Rating = 5/5
The debut album by Brooklyn’s favourite purveyors of miserable surf pop is nothing short of a modern masterpiece, painfully underrated by the mainstreat media, particularly in the UK at the time of its release.
In true surf tradition, the music is minimalist, proving that guitars with all their strings attached are not even necessary for creating superb music.
At the same time, the band also present something of a paradox in the way their tragic, lovelorn and despair-filled lyrics underpin such punchy and upbeat guitars and melodies.
Keyboards are also used sparingly, injecting the tracks with more atmosphere and retro kitsch when necessary.
Lead single ‘Let’s Go Surfing’ is simply a marvel and is bound to go down as one of the decade’s finest songs. It’s a song that I can play ten times in a row and not get bored of which to me is what seperates a good single from a perfect one.
Stylistically, the only break-away track is the lethargic ‘Down By The Water’ which offers a welcome mid-album interlude.
The world in which the Drums’ scrawny young players exist is an unforgiving one, with dreams unfulfilled, goals unrealised and girls not keeping to social appointments. But if that’s the inspiration needed to create world-class pop music then long may the misery continue for these Brooklynites.