Never mind the fact that the Drums hail from the concrete jungle of Brooklyn. The trios best songs are the kind of brisk, breezy indie-pop perfectly suited for Floridas coastal air. Of course it doesnt hurt that the bands breakout hits include obvious odes to waves, such as Lets Go Surfing and Down by the Water. The former, in particular, has become inescapable thanks to its haunting, almost-annoying whistled hook, currently infecting TV airwaves through a Volkswagen commercial. But rather than get stuck in the mire of all those hazy, beachy nostalgia bands of 2009, the Drums have continued to develop their sound on their sophomore effort, Portamento. It tightens up the bands chirpy, twee/postpunk mashup that recalls old 80s acts such as Orange Juice with enough Adderall zip for the iPhone generation. Lead single Money can also be taken as a nonironic comment on the state of the music industry. I want to buy you something, but I dont have any money, goes the chorus, despite the fact that the song was put out by the major label Island. Regardless of finances, the bands profile has definitely increased a hundredfold over the past year. When the threesome returns to Grand Central this Friday, it headlines on its own without the Surfer Blood enticement it needed for its last show at the venue.
Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m., 2011