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BBC Sound of 2010: The Drums

Fifteen of the best rising music stars have been announced as the longlist for the BBC's Sound of 2010.




Watch the video for Let's Go Surfing by The Drums

One of the most talked-about new guitar bands of recent years, this Florida-via-New York quartet borrow apparently unconnected motifs from musical history. On some songs, they mix the surf pop of the Beach Boys with the eerie romance of The Cure, while on others they sound like Lou Reed or Iggy Pop covering 1960s girl groups.

On stage, their contagious energy has won over fans. Singer Jonathan Pierce gesticulates wildly like Ian Curtis swatting a fly, while sidekick Jacob Graham wields a tambourine like Bez's hippy brother.

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