Debut “recalls punk at its most pop.” (The Guardian).
In the late summer of 2011, Drowners 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. New York’s signature up-all-night energy courses through Drowners’ self-titled debut (out 27/01/14) but there’s a sweet melancholy to the album as well.
In his down time, Hitt began writing songs that reflected this renewed interest in angular, compressed rock and roll. Gallivanting around downtown, he met likeminded souls, including bandmates Jack Ridley III (guitar, vocals,) Erik Lee Snyder (bass,) and Lakis E. Pavlou (drums). It would take the better part of the next six months to secure the right record deal, but during that time the band gigged like crazy, ratcheting up their live prowess. They also released a well-received EP, ‘Between Us Girls’. By the time Drowners were in a recording studio to record their full-length debut, they were ready.
While Hitt is responsible for the elegantly understated lyrics throughout the album, he professes that everything changed as soon as recording began. When Hitt, Ridley, Snyder, and Pavlou began to play, Hitt’s initial blueprint and the band’s extensive punk music background melded, giving the album its true form.
The first single ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ is a propulsive slice of perfect garage pop.
Watch the video below:
17/02/14 – London, Electric Ballroom (with Cage The Elephant)
‘Drowners’ is released 27 January 2013 on Frenchkiss Records.
Pre-order on iTunes.