The Drums – “Heart Basel”

A few weeks ago, The Drums shared the soul-baring, bouncy new single “Blood Under My Belt,” the first teaser for their upcoming fourth full-length album Abysmal Thoughts. The album was written and recorded solely by frontman Jonny Pierce, who explains that during the creation of the new release, he had recently gone through a devastating but undoubtedly necessary breakup, and therefore, at his most vulnerable. While that narrative was explored briefly in the first official track, “Heart Basel” has Pierce expressing his frustration with a guy who treats him well at first, then turns ugly once he gets what he wants. The opening guitar melody is strong and striking, the bass and drums even simulating a thick heartbeat right before the smooth, vocally vibrant chorus – as if he’s building up the courage to bare his soul to someone who simply doesn’t care either way. The track is both upbeat and emotional, heartbreaking and beautiful, and, enjoyed more knowing Peirce’s love and respect for himself now.

Abysmal Thoughts will be released on June 16th.


photo by Moni Haworth/Anti- Records

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