The Drums close out a national tour with three shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana

“Abysmal Thoughts” fully encompasses The Drums’ distinct, 1980s-inspired indie/alternative sound and visuals. Frontman Jonny Pierce appears on stage in a one piece that has his name plastered on the front and the name of the new album plastered on the back, along with the hair and dance moves to go along with it.

The crowd goes wild before the band even steps foot on stage — they’re chanting Pierce’s name, and cell phones are held up in the air, ready to record the excitement of the first moments of the set.

It’s 6:30p.m., and The Drums are set to perform their sold-out “early” show of the night. They already took the stage at the same venue the night before, and are playing two more shows tonight — it’s a feat that, for me, is personally a first. Playing songs from, of course, their newest release, “Abysmal Thoughts,Pierce’s performance also brought electrified crowd back to the days of the band’s debut, self-titled album, leaving everyone knowing for certain that there was no shortage of energy present both on stage and in the audience.

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The Drums close out a national tour with three shows at The Observatory in Santa Ana

“Abysmal Thoughts” fully encompasses The Drums’ distinct, 1980s-inspired indie/alternative sound and visuals. Frontman Jonny Pierce appears on stage in a one piece that has his name plastered on the front and the name of the new album plastered on the back, along with the hair and dance moves to go along with it.

The crowd goes wild before the band even steps foot on stage — they’re chanting Pierce’s name, and cell phones are held up in the air, ready to record the excitement of the first moments of the set.

It’s 6:30p.m., and The Drums are set to perform their sold-out “early” show of the night. They already took the stage at the same venue the night before, and are playing two more shows tonight — it’s a feat that, for me, is personally a first. Playing songs from, of course, their newest release, “Abysmal Thoughts,Pierce’s performance also brought electrified crowd back to the days of the band’s debut, self-titled album, leaving everyone knowing for certain that there was no shortage of energy present both on stage and in the audience.

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