Friday, October 8, 2010

PMF: Dewars and The Drums, Oct. 7, Neurolux

Posted By on Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM

The darling Dewars.

The Dewars

If you'd looked around Neurolux last night for the most awkward and unlikely people to even see at a rock show, you'd probably have settled on The Dewars, a pair of wild-haired, "comfortably" dressed oddballs. The moment you saw them it was clear they were the band.

The Dewar Brothers—or "the noise boys"—as they referred to themselves lyrically, rocked pretty decently. Their sounds and arrangements have a British-invasion style of clean guitar rock—they even put on faux-British accents for some stage banter—but their songwriting style owed more to indie-folk. You could call it nerdcore minus the core.

The Drums

The Drums are a band that owes a heavy debt to The Smiths and are like a heavier, poppier, version of Joy Division. They've nailed down that sound and feel of the early '80s, the one that inspired the new romantics and was sometimes called "left of the dial:" Heavy beat with heavily verbed clean tones and echoed vox; it's the anger-dance of the waif and the essence of rock 'n' roll, stripped down and going for broke.

Plus it was really adorable to watch three guys who all dance like they're conducting a symphony, playing music with such a heavy backbeat. When they finished, the guitar player blew the crowd kisses. *smitten*

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