By Robann Kerr
The Drums – Brutalism
Jonny Pierce is back with his fifth studio effort, Brutalism. Prior to the album’s release, Pierce went through a difficult divorce and experienced depression and anxiety. The recording of Brutalism ended up being an outlet for him to express his feelings.
On “Body Chemistry” Pierce questions whether his persisting feelings of woe are wired into his DNA over frantic drums and a groovy bassline. “626 Bedford Avenue” is a bright and cheery pop number where Pierce reminisces about a past lover who didn’t reciprocate his affection. “You might be a psychopath / You might wanna check that”, he croons.
The album gets a little more serious on “Nervous,” an emotional acoustic piece about an encounter Pierce had with his ex-husband. The next track, “Blip of Joy,” ends the album on a high note. Pierce sounds hopeful for the future when he sings, “It’s just a little blip of joy / Can I feel it again?”
Brutalism contains some of Pierce’s most honest lyrics and is more varied musically than their previous output. It grows on you, with each listen being more rewarding than the last.