The Drums – tickets: https://ticketf.ly/2Ma7mhZ
On Brutalism, the fifth LP from The Drums, a lot is different. It is quite possibly the best collection of songs in the band’s ten-year career. The album is defined by growth, transformation and questions, but It doesn’t provide all the answers. Brutalism is a form of simplistic architecture defined by blocks of raw concrete. Brutalism is rooted in an emotional rawness but its layers are soft, intricate and warm, full of frivolous and exquisitely crafted pop songs that blast sunlight and high energy in the face of anxiety, solitude, and crippling self-doubt.
Methyl Ethel – tickets: http://bit.ly/2xEjxxt
Taking their name from a colorless, sweet-smelling organic compound frequently used as an industrial solvent, Aussie indie rockers Methyl Ethel employ a heady blend of breezy dream pop and soaring psych-rock that lands somewhere between Tame Impala, Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd, and MGMT. Based out of Perth, the trio features the talents of guitarist/vocalist Jake Webb, bassist Thom Stewart, and drummer Chris Wright. Originally started in 2013 by Webb as a four-track recorder project, the band’s first two EPs were purely solo affairs. The first proper band outing, Oh Inhuman Spectacle, was also Methyl Ethel’s inaugural long-player. It was released in May 2016 via 4AD Records. They wasted no time starting work on their sophomore record, and Everything Is Forgotten appeared in early 2017. The band enlisted James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys) to co-produce the record, and the resulting set of songs was punchier and more direct than their debut. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi