With anticipation building for the release of their third album 'Encyclopedia' on September 22nd, The Drums unveil new single 'I Can't Pretend'.
'I Can't Pretend' is a bittersweet ode to the all too familiar battle of heart versus head. "It's too hard to begin, when you know it will end," croons Jonny as gentle guitars shimmer in a lonely haze of melancholic sweetness.
As simple as the song's sentiment might at first appear, the words betray all the complexity that makes Encyclopedia - The Drums first album as the duo of Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham - such an immersive experience. It continues to yield its secrets over repeated listens, even when you think you've already absorbed every last bit of its hummable pop hooks.
"Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout," says Jonny. "We were feeling very angry, confused, and alone when we made this album; and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We've left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope."
Magic Mountain - the first track to be taken from the album - and it's striking B/W video have set the agenda for a new chapter for The Drums. A live tour de force, Pierce and Graham kick started their latest album campaign with a roof top gig in NYC and have now announced a run of UK and European dates this autumn. UK dates as follows:
NOVEMBER 18 - LONDON - SCALA -
NOVEMBER 19 - MANCHESTER - Gorilla -
NOVEMBER 20 - GLASGOW - Art School -