The Drums’ Jonny Pierce announces new album with lead track “Body Chemistry”

Brutalism is The Drums‘ fifth album after 2017’s Abysmal Thoughts, which was the first album after Jonny Pierce took the band on as a solo project.

“Body Chemistry” holds all the fundamental sounds that defined The Drums. Expanding on the track’s meaning, Pierce explains, “For the year prior to writing this song, I had been dealing with an increased feeling of depression. To counter that, I was doing all I could do to try and make myself feel good: implementing all sorts of self-care, going to therapy, eating well, exercising at the gym, taking a step back from partying, and focusing on positive relationships while weeding out the not-so-good ones. I still found myself weighed down with anxiety and depression. This song asks the question: Is this dull, sad feeling in my DNA? Is it part of my gene pool? Can it ever be corrected? I had been confronting some of my most stubborn demons, and I came to realize that confronting doesn’t always mean conquering.”

Pierce’s forthcoming The Drums album was written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in California’s Stinson Beach after going through a difficult time, “I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral,” says Jonny Pierce. “It was do or die”.


  1. Pretty Cloud
  2. Body Chemistry
  3. 626 Bedford Avenue
  4. Brutalism
  5. Loner
  6. I Wanna Go Back
  7. Kiss It Away
  8. My Jasp
  9. Blip Of Joy
“Body Chemistry” is out now. Brutalism arrives 5 April via ANTI-. Revisit our Reference Points feature with Jonny Pierce.

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