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Brutalism

by The Drums

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1.
Pretty Cloud 03:28
My pretty cloud in the sky I’m watching you from afar Sometimes you float up and Grace me with sun And sometimes you come very close And multiply yourself Heavy and thick raining sorrow on me Still I am blissful In whatever you give me I lean on the mystery of Who you are Still I am blissful in Whatever you show me A real curiosity of Who you are Sensitive to temperature Sensitive to moisture Sensitive to winds That always come And there are days where You spread yourself so thin Across the atmosphere that I can’t see you anymore
2.
Change my life Everyone is telling me To change my life Maybe I’m depressed Or maybe I know too much About the world, about myself I know some good luck And a good fuck A nice glass of wine And some quality time Is gonna make you mine But it’s not what I’m trying to find I know some good luck And a good fuck A nice glass of wine And some quality time Is gonna make you mine And it’s find, and it’s fine, and it’s fine Is my chemistry not forgiving me? Body chemistry Unrelenting… Unforgiving…
3.
626 Bedford Avenue I think I regret That night of kissing you Baby, let’s have a conversation And god forbid we have a connection I’d like to know what you’re thinking Cuz I don’t get what I’ve been given 626 Bedford Avenue I think I regret that night of kissing you I should have left when you laughed at my (I keep on coming back) 626 stupid avenue Don’t make me regret that night of kissing you I fell in love and you treated me like shit (I keep on coming back) I don’t think you’re ready But I don’t’ think you can forget me Your insecurities are ruining everything that we Could be. Get your head out of your ass And take a good look at yourself But I keep on coming back, but I keep on coming back You might be a psychopath, you might wanna check that.
4.
Brutalism 03:49
Baby right now you must know That this love is brutal Beyond physical, supernatural And fully irrational I’m no stranger to taking risk I bet my life on one kiss I know this is dangerous We’re delirious, but oh this is glorious When I’m alone at night and the TV is on I grab your t-shirt and put it over my face I put my hand on my chest so it feels Like you’re here. And I’d fly 10,000 miles Just to kiss you again. Brutalism Brutalism Our love is heavy and hard Desire might be the thing that tears us apart And when my heart is tired And I can’t take anymore I just remember your eyes in the corridor Your eyes in the corridor
5.
Loner 03:46
Hey you with that perfect face I’m sure it’s a game I should play Do you have something good to say Cuz I’ve got 300 elephants shitting on my grave What fun when there’s nothing to do You said you could cum and I said I could too I wish there was more between me and you I want love (x2) And I don’t want to be alone And I am scared of all the people in the world And I have never had a home I am too afraid so I keep moving through The world. I keep moving through the world. Change me. Some will change me Well trust me baby, the shit comes back Self sabotage or is my life on pause? Am I inventing flaws? The shit comes back I would like to find a place (S-E-N-E-C-A) Where maybe I could find some peace (S-E-N-E-C-A) Even if I changed my name (S-E-N-E-C-A) Different player, same old game.
6.
I wanna go back to it I wanna backtrack to it And if there’s a path to it I have to forget what you did Tell me that you’re sorry and I promise to try to forget Tell me you still want me And maybe I could be a little less sensitive If you could acknowledge that you left me here Guarding the door. And hold me like you used to Then maybe I could feel less insecure Do you even bother to understand how I might feel How do I make sense of What feels like we’re pretending and what feels real
7.
Kiss It Away 03:40
I’m not embarrassed to admit that I need your physicality Every human becomes weak. Touch me where I’m hurting Hold me when I don’t belong Kiss away my confusion Kiss it away Kiss it away Kiss it away Kiss it away You have my permission to do All that you want to do Come destroy my fragility This tall sadness so goddamn stubborn I can’t take it anymore You’re body – so shocking Lay me down on the floor On the floor On the floor
8.
Nervous 04:04
Two nights ago, we said goodbye In a borrowed car in the Hollywood Hills I held you but I should’ve held you Tighter and longer Two years of laughter and one year of pain Come crashing to a halt to its final Resting place You came over today to a house full of our things And You were holding your coat – you didn’t know where to put it down And you couldn’t look me in the eyes – They were darting all around And being nervous around you – oh that’s Something new that’s something new Then you put down your coat and you start To walk towards me and I don’t know What it means. But this time I’m gonna Hold you a little tighter and a little longer
9.
Blip of Joy 03:55
Oh let me sink into this blip of joy I can’t believe this is happening to me It took so long to reach this mountaintop With just one kiss I forget I hate myself Its just a little blip of joy Can I feel it again Its just a little blip of joy! Surviving off this moment! so close to you The grass is wet and for once the my heart Is free. I’m scared to ask what you’re middle Name is cuz that might be going to far Gotta let this remain mysterious cuz You’re a wild girl – and I know you’re gonna fly far… And I’ll never see you again… And tonight my heart is singing… Its singing!

about

The Drums released the critically acclaimed “Abysmal Thoughts” in 2017, marking the band’s first release as a solo project from Jonny Pierce.

Now, two years later, The Drums announces its tremendous, self-care focused fifth LP and a North American tour in support of the album. Quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band's ten-year career, Brutalism, co-produced by Pierce, will be released on April 5th via ANTI-.

Like Jonny Pierce, Brutalism is a bicoastal record - written and recorded between Upstate New York and a studio in Stinson Beach. Following a painful divorce and an incredibly difficult stint living solely in Los Angeles, Pierce decided it was time to face his demons, and the making of this record is a part of that process. “I was exhausted, depleted and sabotaging myself, partying so much but in reality running away from pain. It was a downward spiral.” Pierce knew it was time to go to therapy, and begin to reckon with his depression. “It was do or die,” he says. While he focused on his mental health, the making of Brutalism became an extension of self-care for Pierce, and makes for some of his most honest and relatable music to date.

On Brutalism, a lot is different. The album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, but it doesn't provide all the answers. It’s rooted in an emotional rawness, but its layers are soft, intricate and warm, full of exquisitely crafted pop songs that blast sunlight and high energy in the face of anxiety, solitude and crippling self-doubt.  Pierce's decision to prioritize his own health and wellbeing clearly bled into how he crafted this record. He was more open than ever, keeping his control freakery at bay, working with others to produce and record the album. He brought in Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, Amen Dunes) to mix it.  If there was a guitar part he wanted to write but couldn't play, he brought in a guitarist. It's also the first Drums record with a live drummer. Delegating freed up Pierce's time to produce a more specific vision.

Brutalism is truly pop at its core, with thoroughly modern production and Pierce’s newfound tenderness. Back in The Drums' previous iterations, the pressure was on Pierce to maintain the innocent and nostalgic sound of this surf-pop indie band and it didn't allow him to explore sex, drug use, darker emotions or how he felt currently. “Abysmal Thoughts” was the first occasion he had chance to do that. Lyrically Brutalism is another giant step in that direction, and is defined by vulnerability. That's why you can dance to Brutalism, you can cry to Brutalism, and you can laugh to it too.

The past year has been transformative Pierce, who may a permanent rain cloud above his head but is working towards a better, healthier headspace. “I don't think I'll ever really find myself,” he says. “I don't think people do. I don't think there's a day that you wake up and you go, Now I know who I am. The best way for me to be an artist is by taking a goddamn minute, being still and listening to what it is that I want and need.” It was a real year of growth for him, but growth towards what? “I don't really know, and that's OK.”

credits

released April 5, 2019

Thanks to Bob Dunn, Antoine Dykmans, Andy Kaulkin and everyone at Anti Records, Ethan Berlin, Mike and Bryan at Parr 3, Brian McPherson, Jaclyn Ullman, Chris Coady, Sonny Diperri, Tom Haslow, Johnny Aires, Andrew Mishko, Abel Coss, LA Voices Children's Choir, Karen Arechiga, Liam Benzvi

Produced by Jonny Pierce, Bryan De Leon, and Sonny DiPerri
Engineered by Sonny DiPerri
Mixed by Chis Coady at Sunset Sound
Mix Asst by Matthew Neighbor
Mastered by Michelle Mancini, Demifugue at Larrabee Sound Studios

Cover and back cover photo by Nicolas Moore
Ar Direction: Jonny Pierce
Art Layout: Jonny Pierce and Abel Coss
Additional Layout: Trevor Hernandez

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