The Drums Bash the Idea of Indie Rock Supergroups
While Chris Brown and Drake are busy whipping bottles of Dom Perignon at each other's heads and Pusha T and Lil Wayne are raising beef like an Omaha cow farm, the indie rock world is seeing its own seeds of discord being sewn with Brooklyn trio the Drums dissing the recent trend of indie supergroups in the pages of NME.
Singer Jonathan Pierce dismisses the side projects as being in "bad taste," saying that "there's too many collaborations these days that have big dollar signs all over it -- even inside of the indie culture." Guitarist Jacob Graham added, "Everybody just seems to be losing their identity. You know, we really like these bands with strong identities."
The Drums, who are taking a break before finishing their third album, are no stranger to collaborations, though. Last year saw the band team up with former Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins on 'In Your Eyes,' a standout track from the Scottish power-pop icon's solo album, 'Losing Sleep.'
So what do you think? Are today's indie versions of the Traveling Wilburys really blinded by bucks? Or are folks like Britt Daniel, M. Ward and James Mercer simply trying to create something different with new people?