Published Jan 15, 2019Jonny Pierce's the Drums project has announced plans for the follow-up to 2017's Abysmal Thoughts. A new album called Brutalism will arrive on April 5 via Anti-.
It marks the fifth studio album under the moniker of the Drums, though the project has been operating as a solo project for Pierce since the last LP.
He revealed in a press release that it's a record largely about self-care. After going through a divorce and living alone in Los Angeles for a period, Pierce said he started trying to combat his depression by "going to therapy, eating well, exercising at the gym, taking a step back from partying, and focusing on positive relationships while weeding out the not-so-good ones."
Despite implementing all those methods of self-care, Pierce still found himself struggling — and turned those feelings into the album's lead single "Body Chemistry."
"I still found myself weighed down with anxiety and depression," he said. "This song asks the question: Is this dull, sad feeling in my DNA? Is it part of my gene pool? Can it ever be corrected? I had been confronting some of my most stubborn demons, and I came to realize that confronting doesn't always mean conquering."
The album was recorded between Upstate New York and Stinson Beach, and co-produced by Pierce. Chris Coady was then brought in to mix it.
See the full tracklisting for Brutalism below, as well as the Drums' upcoming North American tour dates.
Beyond that, listen to "Body Chemistry."
1. Pretty Cloud
2. Body Chemistry
3. 626 Bedford Avenue
6. I Wanna Go Back
7. Kiss It Away
8. My Jasp
9. Blip Of Joy
04/24 Tustin, CA - Marty's On Newport
04/26 El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace
04/27 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
04/29 Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
04/30 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
05/01 Chicago, IL - Metro
05/02 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theater
05/04 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
05/07 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
05/08 Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
05/09 Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore
05/10 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
05/11 Washington, D.C. - The Black Cat
05/13 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
05/14 Nashville, TN - Exit/In
05/15 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
05/16 Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theater
05/17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution Live
05/18 Tampa Bay, FL - The Orpheum
05/20 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
05/21 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)
05/22 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
05/23 Austin, TX - Emo's