Jonny Pierce is releasing the fifth full-length from The Drums on April 5 titled Brutalism. Last month, he shared the lead single, “Body Chemistry,” and today he’s dropped a rather cheeky song about pursuing someone residing at “626 Bedford Avenue” who responds by treating him “like shit.” Over a driving guitar strum Pierce sings, “626 Bedford Avenue/ I think I regret that night of kissing you/ I should have left when you laughed at my shoes (but I keep coming back).” Pierce says this about the song:
“I’m a big believer in making yourself vulnerable in personal relationships, and keeping your guard down. This song talks about how I sometimes make myself fully emotionally available to people who can’t reciprocate because of their own insecurities, and the frustration that ensues … This song is my tongue-in-cheek exploration of those ideas – being kind, not taking shit from anyone, and learning to hold people accountable for their own choices, while still holding some empathy for them.”
Brutalism follows 2017’s Abysmal Thoughts, the band’s first record as a solo project by Pierce. Along with the new song, The Drums have added dates to the West Coast leg of their tour behind the new record, including a tour-finishing date in Seattle on Thursday, August 8 at the Showbox.
Below, listen to “626 Bedford Avenue” and watch The Drums’ 2017 performance at the Triple Door as part of KEXP's VIP Club Concert series.
Brutalism is out April 5 via Anti-.
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