Portamento – The Drums

Okey I may be a bit late with this ,but maby there are a couple of people out there that haven’t had their eardrum visited by Portamento.

Besides also feeling like I have let down on my love for music by not telling ya’ll what I’m listening to.
Apologies.

So for The Drums anticipated second album , Portamento that will be released today in the UK and tomorrow in the US. Go to the iTunes for The Drums or stream it at The New York Times

“The Drums gave The Moment a preview of their new album in its entirety. Here, Pierce on his top five tracks:

On “Book of Revelation”

This song was basically my whole lifetime in the making. It has taken me this long to know how I feel about life and death and how I felt about believing or not believing in a God. I can finally say now that I am an atheist, which is a far cry from how I was raised. Both my mother and my father were pastors of an extreme Pentecostal church in a small, insulated town in upstate New York. My band mates and I said we wanted to make an honest album, and I thought this song would be a good start to that goal.

On “What You Were”

We wrote this song together as a way to reconnect and pull together after our guitarist left us last year. I don’t think any of us expected that doing so would open the floodgates of creativity or lead to a new album. We essentially nose-dived into “Portamento” without even really thinking it through. Suddenly we are releasing another album, going on another world tour and dealing with a whole lot of friction. I think when you commit to something like this, you are really giving up more than you could ever realize. It is hard.

On “Searching for Heaven”

Jacob (Graham, the band’s keyboardist) built a modular synthesizer a while back that we use quite a bit on the album. When we were younger, Jacob and I bonded over bands like Kraftwerk and artists like Wendy Carlos. We always had a fascination with these old analog machines and collected them together as teenage boys. This might have been the cause of our solitude. We never really had many friends. We were too busy programming arpeggios.

When we started the Drums, we did away with electronics for the most part and guitars became very exciting, I think because we were always afraid of them — just like we were always afraid of girls. When we wrote our first song with a guitar, the sheer exoticism was enough to make us want to keep that new sound. Anyway, this song is a return to our first love and is the spine of the album. It probably ties with “In the Cold” as the most vulnerable and sad moment on the record. Admitting failure, admitting regret and admitting longing, as a grown man, can be difficult.

On “I Need a Doctor”

This may be my favorite song on the album if only for the multitextured nature of the whole thing. Connor ([Hanwick, the band’s drummer) and I spent some time getting that bass line together and we got a bit more experimental than we normally do as the Drums. I think the song and the album are all the better for it.

Also, at the time I was in love with a boy I met in Denmark and he came to visit me in New York. That strange vocal sample you hear is him saying “hello” through the intercom and me responding with a “hey.” I was in the middle of recording vocals when he buzzed up and I forgot the microphone was still on, so the sample made its way into the song organically. By the way, since then he and I have fallen apart, our hearts broken, but it puts a real place and time to this album for me. The song is essentially about being mentally ill.

On “If He Likes It Let Him Do It”

This song is another obvious tip of the hat to our first love — analog synths. For me it is about complete surrender to someone else: the height of feeling desperate. I’ll do anything for love and sometimes anything for sexual pleasure. Lust runs through this one, and it’s refreshing to sing on such matters. It felt very taboo on our debut.”

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