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The Drums, Band
It's no secret that competition for bands in this city is stiff: It's not uncommon for one to spend years toiling in the trenches of no-name venues playing for only a handful of friends before anyone else takes notice. It was in this climate that two surf buddies from Florida waltzed into Brooklyn—their eyes wide, skin tanned—played one show at Cake Shop as part of NYC Popfest this May, and broke into indie rock's collective consciousness. Perhaps it wasn't as fanciful as we made it out to be here—both Jonathan Pierce and Jacob Graham had been in previous bands—but it did take the Drums only one New York show before blogs flooded with praise for their kitchy Joy Division-meets-Beach Boys surf pop. In an added twist, Graham helps run Holiday Records, the first to get behind another little buzz band called Surfer Blood. So, yeah, it's been a good year for the Drums.