The Drums: Mommy Don’t Spank Me (Island) – review
Mom don’t spank me
June 01, 2021
You might recognize The Drums by their cheeky surf-inspired rock and pop tunes, but their latest record, Mom don’t spank me, delves into both the new and the old wave, featuring rare tracks from their early days and exploring the real substance behind the music.
Frontman Jonny Pierce writes more deeply into the themes of grief and desire on this collection, its title being a reference to a playground song from his childhood. The focus is on the band’s reputation for their cool indie-rock sound and distinct guitar sounds steeped in reverb and vibrato. Mom don’t spank me combines this funny surf beat with lyrics about sexual confidence and genuine matters of the heart in a way that reveals the inner sweetness of the group.
Split into two sides, disc one being 11 B-sides and rarities and disc two being 11 remixes of previous projects, Mom don’t spank me goes beyond some of the band’s regular albums (like the second album of 2011, Portamento). Opening up, “The Only Son” is an emotional sidewinder that features Pierce’s trembling voice that makes it seem like he could cry anytime. Songs like “What We Had” and “I Can’t Save Your Life” are consistent with the authentic sound of The Drums and combine surf vibrato with indie rock aesthetics, while “Blue Stripes” and “I Don ‘t want to go alone’ doesn’t quite make the mark.
On the second record, and the remixes of Knight School’s classic “Let’s Go Surfing” and “Money” (with separate revisions by Beat Connection and Chad Valley) harmonize well with the rest of the album, mixing a bit ne are not as necessary as the B sides.
These songs were written mostly in 2010 and 2011 and they are both playful and deep. Although the second disc is less enticing, the first half of the album is a must-have for Drums fans. (www.thedrums.com)
Author’s Note: 7.5/ten