Listen! The Drums reveal new single and announce new album

The Drums 2014

The Drums have announced that they will release their new album, Encyclopedia, this Autumn.

Encyclopedia is full of magic and surprise while maintaining a serious, more weighty tone throughout,” frontman Jonny Pierce said in interview with Spin. “We were feeling very angry, confused and alone when we made this album, and we wanted to be very honest this time around, even if being honest meant making some people uncomfortable. We’ve left the beach for higher ground, always searching for hope.”

The band, which now consists solely of founder members Pierce and Jacob Graham, played a short set on top of the Novotel Hotel in New York on the 16th of July, 24 hrs after debuting new song “Magic Mountain.”

“Playing outdoors, always makes us super nervous,” Pierce told NME before the set. “I don’t know why – especially playing on the rooftop of a hotel. It’s a really intimate set and everyone’s right in front of us. On top of that, this is our first time playing any of these songs, so it’s pressure upon pressure upon pressure.”

The full tracklisting for Encyclopedia is as follows:

“Magic Mountain”
“I Can’t Pretend”
“I Hope Times Doesn’t Change Him”
“Kiss Me Again”
“Let Me”
“Break My Heart”
“Face of God”
“U.S. National Park”
“Deep in My Heart”
“Bell Laboratories”
“There Is Nothing Left”
“Wild Geese”

You can listen to the first song from the album, “Magic Mountain”, below:


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Lars Ulrich accepts Will Ferrell’s drum battle challenge

Lars Ulrich - London - 2008

At the more lighthearted end of the Metallica-verse, Lars Ulrich has accepted a new drum battle challenge from comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Last month Ferrell and Smith participated in a “drum off” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The battle was sparked when the two made it known that they are constantly mistaken for one another. Ferrell was declared the winner of the contest when he brought out a cowbell and played along with Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper.” The gag was a reference to Ferrell’s “more cowbell” sketch from an episode of Saturday Night Live that aired in 2000.

In interview with Spin, Ferrell recently issued a new challenge to Ulrich: “I mean, we did talk about another drum-off. With a third person that looks eerily similar to Chad and I. A third drummer out there … Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too.”

Ulrich has now responded in a statement issued to Spin: “”I’m sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That’s a whole different story. He rules the “bad-ass drummer universe.” I mean, you’re talking about a guy who’s so next level, actually, so beyond next level, that he may just be completely unreachable! That said, I’m definitely up for the challenge…Bring it on!!!”

Watch this space for further news, and watch Ferrell and Smith’s original battle on The Tonight Show below!

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