Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Drums at The Biltmore (Vancouver)

I have seen so many great shows at the Biltmore since I moved to Vancouver a year ago—La Roux, The Very Best, Gang Gang Dance, Sondre Lerche, Owl City, School of Seven Bells—it's the best place to see everything that is underrated in the world of music. Afropop, dirty electro, shoegaze, psychedelic post-rock, all from one sweaty dancefloor.

Tonight's theme was surf rock, featuring The Drums co-headlining with Surfer Blood. This is not your typical Dick Dale-style fast, rolling guitar licks that go on and on in instrumental form. This is the new wave of surf pop (lolz), with vocals and more delicious reverby noise than ever before.

The Drums played first, to a sold-out, jumping crowd, a few of whom left without seeing Surfer Blood, commenting that The Drums should be the headliner. I should note that The Drums has one hell of a drummer. Good choice of name. The lights were almost all off during their set, but it worked magically; I could imagine watching them play on a beach under the sun, but only while it sets.

The band played on. Everyone who could see the not-high-enough stage danced. The singer commented, “If you haven't danced yet, don't worry; there's still time. You couldn't possibly look more foolish than we do.” Their music doesn't nod heads, it moves feet and breaks everyone into a dancing sweat. I heard the Biltmore got air conditioning—not true.

The Drums' self-titled album debut and their Summertime! EP are out now on Moshi Moshi.

The Drums - Let's Go Surfing (zshare) (YSI)
The Drums - I Felt Stupid (EP bonus track) (zshare) (YSI)


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