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We caught up with Jonny Pierce of American indie-pop band The Drums‘ at the Dr. Martens SXSW stage, to talk all things The Drums, inspiration and more. Read below…

The Drums play the Dr. Martens stage at SXSW.

How did The Drums become a band?
I started screwing around with pop music with a childhood friend while we both lived in Kissimmee, Florida. We wrote a pop song called ‘Best Friend’ using some old off-brand, out of tune guitars and thought that it felt really fresh and that no one else was really doing that sort of thing. So we took our idea to New York City and the rest is history.

How did you decide on your band name? And were there any runners up?
The name The Drums just came out of no where. There’s no special story for it. I used to really lean towards all things classic and the name felt classic enough to keep. I still like it – 9 years later.

How would you describe your sound?
I take surf references and blend them with other types of music – anything from C-86 bands to 90’s Drum ‘n’ Bass. No one sounds quite like The Drums.

The Drums guitarist wearing the Newtons.

If a person has never heard your music before, what song should they listen to first and why?
Probably the new stuff off the new album, Abysmal Thoughts – because it’s my vision, fully realised. It comes out in June but the new single ‘Blood Under My Belt’, is out now.

What is the best thing about being on stage, playing a live show?
Walking off stage knowing I connected to kids who have sucky lives – like I used to.

Do you remember your first pair of Doc’s?
I don’t remember my first pair, but I have worn Doc’s exclusively for the last 3 years while on stage – with a few exceptions. It’s a beautiful boot.

The Drums lead singer Jonny Pierce wearing the Jadon boots.

What are a few songs you listened to in preparation for SXSW?
Chantay Savage – “If You Believe”
Bizarre Inc. – “Playing With Knives”
A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray” (The Danny Tenaglia Remix)
Teen Girl Fantasy – “Cheaters” (John Talabot’s Classic Vocal Refix)
Strangers With Candy Theme Song.

Find out more about The Drums on their website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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