The new Drums album is named after a 17th Century Italian word meaning a slide between two vocal pitches, an apt name for an album, which also slides from one mood to another. The first album, Summertime!, is a release the band describe as a concept album, that while visceral and fun, lacked depth. This time around they have focused inwards, taking time to reflect and make a more personal LP that tackles issues such as religion, heartbreak and….trans-genderism. These issues certainly hold more weight than songs about going surfing.

There is also the addition of synthesizers giving their sound more depth and atmosphere and a development beyond three chord structures. Something, which has stayed, the same though, is Jonathan Pierces ability to come up with a catchy chorus, so vital in a pop song, and something, which The Drums do really well. He does this memorably in ‘Money’.

Despite lyrically tackling more serious issues, the songs are still treated with the same lightness of touch which even allows songs about heartbreak to be an uplifting experience – although I would not expect too much philosophical insight into religion as lead singer Jonathan Pierce reflects in ‘Book of Revelation’: “I’ve seen the world, there is no Heaven, there is no Hell/ I believe that when we die, we die. So let me love you tonight.”

Even lyrics relating to death, of which there are a few, are characteristically twee and “nice” – a word repeated regularly which leaves me with the urge to listen to some Swedish death metal in order to counteract the persistent chirpiness of the album.

They have struck a tone of bittersweet nonchalance, which they stick to throughout, leaving little room for texture and shade. This is not Shoegaze, more navalgaze. Their sound could never be described as ‘scuzzy’ so long as there are, Phil Spector-like guitars and bass pushing things along keeping it clean and light. This makes them distinctive, and if they were to lose their signature ‘Beach Pop’ sound I wonder what would be left to like.

Release Date 05/09/2011 (Universal/Island)

When people ask me what music I am in to, I find it very hard to give a definitive answer because, throughout my life I have been in to all kinds of different music from House to Heavy Metal depending on how old I was, what I was doing at the time and the kind of people I was hanging out with. So I can safely say I am open to most things as long as it’s good but obviously that is entirely subjective and open to interpretation, which I guess is what Silent Radio is all about. However, I would say that overall my alliances lie with Electronic Music because it covers so many genres and is constantly developing and changing. Having just returned from Sonar I felt a warm glow being surrounded by so many people who appreciate Electronic Music but there were times when I became a little jaded and questioned its integrity especially after seeing Katy B perform for the 3RD TIME! Will Katy B still be remembered in six years? I doubt it. But I guess that is the nature of Pop Music in particular; some stand the test of time, some don't. I think having grown up and lived in Manchester my musical tastes have been influenced by the club scene post- hacienda and the music at nights like Electric Chair which encompasses the sounds of House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically anything with a groove, I like. But this is not confined to Dance Music I particularly like bands that are melodic and have a hook such as Wild Beasts, music that captures an emotion and has a heart. While at University I was also listening to music that didn’t really have much of a heart but more of a pacemaker in terms of the emotion it conveyed and that was Electro-Clash, a completely non- sensical and at times ridiculous genre that borrowed elements from House, Italio Disco and Techno and re- formed them in to one fun, but ridiculous package. While at University, I had my own radio Show where I tried to convey some of my musical tastes acquired from up north and had guest DJ's from a night in New Cross called Zombie Disco, with Jamie from Zombie Disco now working with Lindstrom. We also borrowed the services of Rina from Ladytron who had a guest DJ slot. Anyhow, I think it is safe to say I like a wide range of music apart from Katy B, sorry Katy.