Brit-pop, post punk, electro and garage-rock … just a few of the genres mentioned in recent reviews for Drowners self-titled debut album. Confusing? No, not at all. Take a listen to the new single ‘A Button on your Blouse’ (released by the band this week) and all will become clear. It’s a beautiful homage to all of the above genres while still containing its own, quite unique, identity.

There may a reason for the cross-genre release. Frontman Matthew Hitt found himself in New York City. He’s from a small town in rural Wales but New York is where Hitt feels most at home. “I just like the way things look here. I like the way things are done here. I like how late everything happens,”

In his down time, Hitt began writing songs that reflected this renewed interest in angular, compressed rock and roll. “The early songs came out really short – I thought, well, I’ve already sung the chorus twice I don’t need to do it again, that’s what makes it a chorus! I think that being in New York influenced what I was trying to do with economy in song structure and instrumentation. It’s like, here’s what I’m trying to say. Okay, I said it. Now it’s over. Onto the next one.”  Gallivanting around downtown, Hitt also met likeminded souls, including future bandmates, Jack Ridley III (guitar, vocals,) Erik Lee Snyder (bass,) and Lakis E. Pavlou (drums).

Drowners first long-play hits next week (28th January 2014), via Frenchkiss Records and promises to entertain in a similar manner to the above single and previous EP ‘Between Us Girls’. Containing witty titled tracks such as ‘Ways to Phrase a Rejection’, ‘Unzip Your Harrington’ and ‘Well, People Will Talk’ the album seems to offer an essence of playfulness. A full review will be on this site Wednesday.

As the promotion wagon begins to roll, the band has also announced a mini-tour. The dates are as follows…

30th January 2014 – Boston, MA – Great Scott

31st January 2014 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

6th February 2014 – Washington, DC – DC9

7th February 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie

17th February 2014 – London, Electric Ballroom

18th February 2014 – Paris, La Maroquinerie

19th February 2014 – Cologne, Gebauede 9

20th February 2014 – Berlin, Lido

12th April 2014 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival

19th April 2014 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival

6th June 2014 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival

 

The full track-listing for the self-titled album is as follows…

01. Ways to Phrase a Rejection

02. Long Hair

03. Luv, Hold Me Down

04. Watch You Change

05. You’ve Got It All Wrong

06. Unzip Your Harrington

07. Pure Pleasure

08. Bar Chat

09. A Button On Your Blouse

10. Let Me Finish

11. Well, People Will Talk

12. A Shell Across The Tongue

 

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