Drums Share “Abysmal Thoughts”

The Drums – brainchild of Jonny Pierce – are returning with a new album, Abysmal Ideas, and it’s one of the most impressive pieces of work to come from the electro-pop outfit in quite some time. 

The far-reaching scope of Pierce, and his eclectic world-view of harvesting sounds and shaping his own view is shared here in a crisp album that’s both ambitious and accessible. The trickery and tunes that fans have come to expect from Pierce’s project remain here, but there’s perhaps more heart, more reflection and more vulnerability than ever before. The album is, of course, stronger for being so open with it’s subject matter.

Famed for a broad taste in tunes Jonny Pierce seemed an ideal candidate to share his musical memories with us, so ARTISTdirect asked the man to share the sounds that shaped his formative years, his first memories, and perhaps his final farewell… here’s what he said:

First single I bought…

Massive Attack – “Teardrop”

First live show I attended…

Morella’s Forest , their Super Deluxe tour, 1995, in Lancaster, PA.

First song I learned to play…

“Sugar Rush” by Joy Electric – still the only song that I know how to play – and I do it badly.

The song that reminds me of home…

My whole life I have wondered what it feels like to be home. I don’t think I have ever experienced it. There are places that I like better than others, but I think I am still looking for my home. I do love being in NYC with my boyfriend. We listen to a lot of dance music together. A track that we are dancing to quite a bit is by Xanga – it’s called “This is the way it starts”

My guilty secret track…

Michael Jackson – “Will You Be There (Free Willy Soundtrack)”

The song I wish I wrote…

Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”

The finest song from my all time hero…

Bjork – “Black Lake”. I’m not sure any popstar has ever made themselves quite so vulnerable.

The song I’ve written of which I’m most proud…

There are songs off of my new album, Abysmal Thoughts, which stand as the best songs I’ve written, but if we are talking about songs before Abysmal Thoughts, I would say “Book of Stories” is my quintessential track. It sums up what I had been trying to say and do with my art up to this point.

The song that should be played at my funeral…

I don’t want a funeral or memorial service of any kind. I just want to slip away quietly. Bjork – “The Anchor Song” would be a gorgeous funeral song though….. It’s about living by the sea and at night, sinking to the bottom of the sea , under all the currents, and living there. She calls that place her home.

My favorite track from my most recent project

“Are U F***ed” ! I was able to explore new ideas, musically. Cowbells and Muted saxophones abound!

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