Drowners have been getting some buzz lately with the release of their debut self-titled album. With most of the songs clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, each song is short burst of pop infused indie rock energy. There’s no slow build of tempo or tone, most songs kick in full force and don’t let up until the song is over. The lyrics aren’t particularly deep or meaningful, but they have just enough charm to get stuck in your head for a while. The band shines the most when it shies away from the middle of the track. “Bar Chat” is slightly darker than the jangly pop guitar driven tracks before it, and is slightly reminiscent of a Strokes track. “You Keep Showing Up” had the potential to be a melancholic ballad, but Hitt’s flat delivery detracts from the emotions of the lyrics. His accent shows through clearest on this track, though, a reminder that this NY based band is headed by a Welsh former male model.
Drowners have been compared to many notable bands, from the Strokes to the Smiths, but I’m not sure those comparisons are completely accurate. The band themselves claim to deliver “friendly post-punk” which is a much more accurate description of their music. It’s a solid album for a debut though, and they’ll certainly be a band to watch in the future.
Check out their video for “Luv, Hold Me Down”, which is easily one of the best tracks on the album.