Jonny The Drums

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Label: Anti/Epitaph

Genre: Rock

Subgenre: Adult Alternative

Artist: The Drums

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  • 1I Want It All04:55
  • 2Isolette02:34
  • 3I'm Still Scared02:13
  • 4Better03:48
  • 5Harms01:47
  • 6Little Jonny01:24
  • 7Plastic Envelope03:17
  • 8Protect Him Always00:54
  • 9Be Gentle03:55
  • 10Dying03:39
  • 11Green Grass03:57
  • 12Obvious03:54
  • 13The Flowers04:22
  • 14Teach My Body04:35
  • 15Pool God04:41
  • 16I Used To Want To Die01:02
  • Total Runtime50:57

Info for Jonny

“When I finished “Jonny”, I listened to it, and I heard my soul reflected back at me,” says Pierce about the record. “It is devastating and triumphant, it is lost and found, it is confused and certain, it is wise and foolish. It is male and female, it is hard and gentle. To encapsulate ones' whole self in an album, to honor each and every part of you - even the parts that feel at odds with each other, is to make something deeply human, and because my religion is humanism, the album becomes a sacred place for me to worship. Each feeling a different pew, each song a hymn to the human heart.”

On Jonny, Pierce doesn't just conquer the darkness that haunted his childhood and the subsequent unworthiness that loomed for decades after – he absolves and loves it for what it was. In doing so, the record unearths a true sense of hope, optimism and joy that’s existed just beyond his fingertips for most of his life. An embrace of the mess of life in all its facets, Jonny offers an invitation to dissolve all the hard lines that separate us from ourselves and, by extension, each other -- to soften our shells, to let some tenderness in. Always finding the balance between aching melancholy and irresistible pop sensibilities, the album finds Pierce peering through a kaleidoscope of shimmering guitars, reverb, modular synthesizers and drum machines: a sonic identity that has been uniquely, and wholly The Drums since their emergence 15 years ago.

Jonny serves as a love letter to a galaxy of Pierce’s younger selves. The toddler who endured life-rippling trauma; the teenager who reflexively built up an armor to the outside world; the on-stage performer; the dancer; the lover. Each version of himself that, for much of his life, he felt was never enough. Channeled within tracks like “Better,” as well as the recently released “Obvious”, “I Want It All” and “Plastic Envelope / Protect Him Always,” the record is filled with self-reflective indie pop songs as well a series of minute-long vignettes that ground the album in gentle introspection as Pierce sings directly to his younger selves.

The album is a reclamation a lifetime in the making, even down to the intimate album and single artwork – a series of naked self-portraits snapped when he returned to his childhood home in New York a decade ago. Feeling a need to drive upstate one day while he knew his parents would be at service, he took a photo in prayer-pose in his father’s church office chair among other places in the house where something significant or traumatic happened to him as a kid. It was an experience he couldn’t make sense of in the moment, let alone share with the outside world, but the feeling of putting his nude body into the spaces where others had so often made him feel powerless was a triumph he would discover years later during the making of Jonny.

"Jonny by The Drums is a triumph in vulnerability that invites listeners to embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. With its captivating melodies and profound lyrics, this album is a testament to the enduring power of music to explore the innermost corners of the human experience. Jonny Pierce’s introspection and willingness to bare his soul make this an album that lingers in the heart and mind long after the music stops. It’s a poignant reminder that sometimes, the most profound healing starts from within." (Davis Saxum,

Jonny Pierce aka The Drums

Jonny Pierce aka The Drums
have officially returned with “I Want It All,” a brand new single via ANTI-. Soul-searching ruminations, confrontations of childhood trauma and epiphanies of self-acceptance are entangled within the song, which for Jonny Pierce – the founding auteur behind The Drums – serves as a piece of art that’s as exposed as it is triumphant. Imbued with a sense of freshly-absorbed introspection, “I Want It All” marks the debut offering from The Drums' forthcoming album and first studio project since 2019’s Brutalism.

Soaring to alt-pop prestige nearly fifteen years ago with a renowned self-titled debut, The Drums continue to thrive, influence and reinvent with every project. Pierce initially conceived of the band back in 2008 and what resulted was worldwide acclaim and a string of five studio albums that deftly walk the line of aching melancholy and irresistible pop sensibilities, presented through a kaleidoscope of pastel guitars, reverb, modular synthesizers and drum machines. It’s a sound that’s wholly unique, and unmistakably The Drums.

The Drums’ music remains timeless, as evidenced by the recent explosion of their song “Money,” which first appeared on their breakout sophomore album Portamento. Transforming into a viral sensation earlier this year – over a decade since it was first released – the song has since bloomed with a second life, eclipsing over 230 million streams on Spotify alone, achieving RIAA Gold-certification, and reaching #1 on the Alternative Global Shazam chart and the #2 TikTok Global Hashtag.

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