The Drums Dissects The Parasitic Relationship With Depression In “Body Chemistry”


Photo: Nicholas Moore

The Drums, the solo project of Jonny Pierce, dissects the unbreakable and parasitic relationship with depression in his new single “Body Chemistry.” It’s a synthpop piece intertwined with psychedelia that takes you on a ride through your own consciousness where you’re wrestling with feeling of self-worth. Whether you’ve used self-help media, exercised, cut out sugar/gluten/dairy, or Headspaced, “Body Chemistry” captures the never-ending dance we try to survive with our own demons. Stream below:

“For the year prior to writing this song, I had been dealing with an increased feeling of depression. To counter that, I was doing all I could do to try and make myself feel good: implementing all sorts of self-care, going to therapy, eating well, exercising at the gym, taking a step back from partying, and focusing on positive relationships while weeding out the not-so-good ones” he explains. “I still found myself weighed down with anxiety and depression. This song asks the question: Is this dull, sad feeling in my DNA? Is it part of my gene pool? Can it ever be corrected? I had been confronting some of my most stubborn demons, and I came to realize that confronting doesn’t always mean conquering.” shared The Drums.

The track is from The Drums’ upcoming album Brutalism, which will be out on April 5th. Having amassed critical acclaim for his debut album Abysmal Thoughts in 2017, Jonny has gone through his own personal battle with heartbreak and mental health. Brutalism is the portrayal of his own experiences dealing with his personal lows and the aftermath of everything. He will start touring in April, so make sure to catch him in person:

4/24 – Marty’s On Newport (Tustin, CA, USA)

4/26 – Lowbrow Palace (El Paso, TX, USA)

4/27 – Paper Tiger (San Antonio, TX, USA)

4/29 – The Waiting Room (Omaha, NE, USA)

4/30 – Turf Club (St. Paul, MN, USA)

5/01 – Metro (Chicago, IL, USA)

5/02 – Phoenix Concert Theater (Toronto, ON, Canada)

5/04 – Paradise Rock Club (Boston, MA, USA)

5/07 – Mercury Lounge (New York, NY, USA)

5/08 – Asbury Lanes (Asbury Park, NJ, USA)

5/09 – The Foundry at The Fillmore (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

5/10 – Warsaw (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

5/11 – The Black Cat (Washington, D.C., USA)

5/13 – Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC, USA)

5/14 – Exit/In (Nashville, TN, USA)

5/15 – Terminal West (Atlanta, GA, USA)

5/16 – The Beacham Theater (Orlando, FL, USA)

5/17 – Revolution Live (Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA)

5/18 – The Orpheum (Tampa Bay, FL, USA)

5/20 – Vinyl Music Hall (Pensacola, FL, USA)

5/21 – White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs) (Houston, TX, USA)

5/22 – Granada Theater (Dallas, TX, USA)

5/23 – Emo’s (Austin, TX, USA)