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Universal Records is the NUMBER ONE independent record label in the Philippines. Bringing you quality music for the past 30 years, we are home to artists like: Jose Mari Chan, Gary Valenciano, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Lani Misalucha, Jed Madela, Christian Bautista, Jay R, Billy Crawford, Kris Aquino, Edu Manzano, Marian Rivera, Mark Herras, Nina, Ronnie Liang, Gail Blanco, Sam Concepcion. Our band roster includes: Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Imago, Silent Sanctuary, Kenyo, Paraluman. We are equally committed to bring you exciting international releases covering various genres like pop, jazz, new age, classical, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, dance, r&b, and hip-hop. Name it, we definitely have it!

November 1, 2009

PITCHFORK.com | Rising: The Drums

Just like practically every new indie band this year, the Brooklyn-via-Florida group The Drums love evoking summertime. But The Drums don't do it with hazy synthetic textures or woozy atmosphere. Instead, they make fast, fun, uptight two-minute pop songs about making out or-- more often--not making out. Tracks like "Saddest Summer" or the BNMed "I Felt Stupid" might be all about romantic frustration and longing, but they don't sound the slightest bit bummed or unsatisfied. Instead, the band nervily kicks out their classic hooks with loopy ADD joy, sounding like they can't wait to get to the next song.

Summertime!, the band's debut EP, is out now via TwentySeven, and they're currently at work on their first full-length. Pitchfork recently caught up with frontman Jonathan Pierce.

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