FROM: NEW YORK
This is what I'd describe as post-punk for the modern age - the music of Drowners is infused with inspiration from numerous other genres. Even frontman Matthew Hitt admits his band's music has a twinge of pop to it. All in all, that brightens the punk and gives their tunes a summery sort of vibe.
Things kick off nicely (if not briefly) with ‘Ways To Phrase A Rejection’, which sets up Drowners’ upbeat attitude, juxtaposed nicely with the calculous subject matter. ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ provides a highlight of the album, taking us through the perils of youthful hormones, as Matthew provocatively croons, “In a simple skirt, you caused a ricochet / Of courting boys who watched you walk away.”
Another example of their crafty lyrics lies in the tune ‘Watch You Change'; lines like “There’s not a shoulder cold enough for me to give her” are adorned by early Arctic Monkeys-inspired riffs. Further in, the band shows us they can handle a harder fare (while enjoying every moment) with ‘Bar Chat’, with thrashing guitar and bold drums front and centre.
This is what I'd describe as post-punk for the modern age.
Drowners have created a catchy compilation of easy-to-digest tracks. The album doesn’t overstay its welcome, and comes complete with well-crafted tunes, smart songwriting and a perchance for guitars. If you’re after a balance between pop and punk, Drowners are the perfect blend.
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