A few weeks ago, The Drums took the stage at The Foundry. Playing a mix of old and new songs, they kept the crowd dancing throughout the night. Jonny Pierce, the only remaining member of the original lineup, dominated the spotlight. It felt more like a solo show with supporting musicians than an equal partnership on stage.
He provided more than enough visual interest throughout the show. Pierce is a dynamic performer — accenting his versatile singing with some unique dance moves. He seemed at home on the stage and at peace with himself, something that does not often come across in his lyrics, which speak of existential dread and sadness.
Nevertheless, Jonny appeared to enjoy himself during the set, smiling every time he saw the guy standing next to me who knew all the words and was wearing one of their merch t-shirts from an older album. He talked between songs about how he has tried to channel his depression into happier music in order to cheer himself up.
He was vulnerable in a way that seemed genuine; he shared his experiences in a heartfelt way that made it seem like he wanted to pass on this message. The show offered me a respite from the stress and chaos of finals. I wanted to dance and soak in the music, and The Drums more than delivered.