In 2010, The Drums were all the rage. The melancholy indie-pop quartet were christened New York City’s coolest new band that year after they released their debut album, which featured the pogoing hit single “Let’s Go Surfing.” Their ’80s-indebted pop songs are devilishly catchy, and their choruses contain just as many hooks and emotional swells as a sugary radio hit.
Now almost a decade since the release of their first album, frontman Jonny Pierce is the only remaining member of the band. But his wistful songwriting and bittersweet vocals were always the main event and still remain front and center.
On this day in 2010, The Drums performed a live session for Daytrotter at Austin’s Big Orange Studios when they were in town for South By Southwest. The band performed two tracks from their debut album—“Let’s Go Surfing” and “Forever And Ever, Amen”—along with a song from their debut EP, “Submarine.”
Earlier this year, The Drums released their fifth album Brutalism, and Paste spoke with Pierce about the band’s sonic evolution and increasingly vulnerable songwriting. You can read the interview here.
Listen to The Drums’ live session from this day in 2010 below.