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The Drums Share Video for “Body Chemistry”

Brutalism Out Now via ANTI-

Apr 24, 2019
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The Drums (aka Jonny Pierce) released a new album, Brutalism, at the start of the month via ANTI-. Now he has shared a video for the album's "Body Chemistry." Anton Riva directed the clip, which features multiple exposure and split screen techniques. Watch it below, followed by The Drums' upcoming tour dates.

Pierce had this to say about the video in a press release: "On Brutalism there are a lot of songs about isolation, feeling cut off from others and seeing the world through a blurry lenses. We recorded my performance in front of a green screen in LA, and sent it to Russia where a visual artist processed the performance in a way that visual reflects of how I feel in my head sometimes."

Previously Pierce shared Brutalism's first single, "Body Chemistry," which was one of our Songs of the Week. Then he shared another song from the album, "626 Bedford Avenue."

The album is the follow-up to 2017's "Abysmal Thoughts" (the quote marks are part of the title), which was the first Drums album that was essentially a Pierce solo project.

Brutalism was written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach, just north of San Francisco. A press release states: "Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process."

Pierce further explains: "I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral."

And so Pierce went to therapy. "It was do or die," he says.

The press release says that Pierce is now "working towards a better, healthier headspace."

"I don't think I'll ever really find myself," he says. "I don't think people do. I don't think there's a day that you wake up and you go, 'Now I know who I am.' The best way for me to be an artist is by taking a goddamn minute, being still, and listening to what it is that I want and need."

Read our 2017 Protest interview with The Drums' Jonny Pierce.

The Drums Tour Dates:

4/24/19 - Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa **SOLD OUT**
4/26/19 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
4/27/19 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
4/29/19 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
4/30/19 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
5/01/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
5/02/19 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
5/03/19 - Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt
5/04/19 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
5/07/19 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge **SOLD OUT**
5/08/19 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
5/09/19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
5/10/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
5/11/19 - Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat
5/13/19 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
5/14/19 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
5/15/19 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
5/16/19 - Orlando, FL @ The Beacham Theater
5/17/19 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
5/18/19 - Tampa Bay, FL @ The Orpheum
5/20/19 - Pensacola, FL @  Vinyl Music Hall
5/21/19 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
5/22/19 - Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/23/19 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
7/25/19 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
7/26/19 - San Francisco, CA @ August Hall
7/27/19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
7/30/19 - San Diego, CA @ North Park
7/31/19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
8/01/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Van Buren
8/02/19 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
8/03/19 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird
8/06/19 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
8/07/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
8/08/19 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox

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