Sunday 9 March 2014

Drowners - A Button On Your Blouse

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Although based in New York, their logo would suggest that DROWNERS contain members from this side of the Atlantic too. Their music definitely contains elements of both UK and US guitar music. As we mentioned with the release of previous single 'Luv, Hold Me Down', the band have a sound that would've been huge a decade ago, and they would have fitted in nicely to the post Strokes and Libertines landscape, and they're far, far better than many of the bands who achieved success hanging off the coattails of bands of that ilk. Luckily for DROWNERS, there's a chance that guitar-music has ended its lull, something which seems to happen every 25 years or so (the era before punk, the era before baggy, grunge and Britpop) and is on the rise once more.

The other point that should be made about this quartet, is that there might be luck contributing in its own way, but they also have much better songs than a lot of bands we hear in this garage/indie-rock type genre. 'A Button On Your Blouse' is taken from their self-titled album and is a winner from the off. Some songs creep up on you slowly, taking a few spins to get to grips with fully. This doesn't. After just one or two plays you can see that they have a high standard of writing and arranging (as much as arranging can be put into a four-piece guitar band anyway). The guitars sound fantastic, the melodies and vocals are the perfect match and both are brilliantly fitting, with just a hint of Libertines (the non-shambolic version) about the delivery. This is another one of those bands for whom wider recognition is due.

DROWNERS' website

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Catch them live:

Mar 09 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn, NY
Mar 12 SXSW Secret Sounds Party @ Holy Mountain, Austin, TX
Mar 12 SXSW Frenchkiss Label Showcase @ Half Step, Austin, TX
Apr 02 Beachland Tavern, Cleveland, OH
Apr 03 Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
Apr 08 The Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Canada
Apr 09 Neumo's, Seattle, WA
Apr 10 Star Theater, Portland, OR
Apr 12 Coachella, Indio, CA
Apr 13 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 14 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
Apr 15 The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
Apr 16 The Casbah, San Diego, CA
Apr 17 Constellation Room, Santa Ana, CA
Apr 19 Coachella, Indio, CA
Apr 21 Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 22 Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
Apr 24 Turf Club, St Paul, MN
Apr 25 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Apr 26 Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Apr 27 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Apr 28 A&R Bar, Columbus, OH
Apr 30 The Firebird, St Louis, MO
May 01 The Record Bar Kansas City, MO
May 02 Club Dada, Dallas, TX
Jun 06 Governor's Ball - Randall's Island, New York, NY

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