The Drums' new album, Jonny, delves deep into the personal journey of lead singer Jonny Pierce, taking listeners on a heartfelt exploration of his profound healing process.
With a backdrop of what it's like growing up in a cultish religious community, Jonny beautifully chronicles Pierce's transformation from the shadows of childhood trauma into a newfound realm of self-discovery and self-love.
One standout track, "The Flowers," captures the essence of true love within the small, tender moments of life. Pierce's words resonate deeply as he describes how embracing tenderness saved his soul and illuminated his path toward self-acceptance and inner strength. It's a testament to love that isn't driven by desperation but rather rooted in a serene, gentle, and sweet connection.
Throughout Jonny, Pierce shares introspective songs that reflect his personal growth, interspersed with brief, evocative vignettes where he speaks directly to his younger selves. The music strikes a delicate balance between poignant melancholy and irresistible pop sensibilities, with shimmering guitars, reverberations, modular synthesizers, and drum machines weaving a sonic tapestry that has uniquely defined the Drums for over 15 years.
The Drums, who first soared into indie pop prominence in 2008 with their acclaimed self-titled debut, continue to thrive and innovate with each new project. Founded by Jonny Pierce in 2008, the band has since released six studio albums while consistenly garnering critical acclaim. Their music remains timeless, as exemplified by the resurgence of their hit song "Money," originally from their sophomore album, Portamento. Thanks to a viral resurgence un early 2023 in part due to its usage in the "album cover challenge" on TikTok, the song has experienced a remarkable resurgence, amassing over 230 million streams on Spotify, achieving RIAA Gold certification, and topping charts worldwide. It's a testament to the Drums' enduring influence and the lasting power of their artistry.