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Boldly going where "Is This It" has gone before,
This review is from: Drowners (Audio CD)
Drowners is an up-and-coming band hailing from Brooklyn, not the UK as you might think (taking their band name from a Suede song). The band has created some internet buzz with their first EP ("Between Us Girls"), which came out in 2013. Now comes the full-length debut album. If you are not familiar with their sound, think the Strokes-meets-the Smiths.
"Drowners" (12 tracks; 29 min.) crashes in with "Ways to Phrase a Rejection", and the similarities with the Strokes' debut album "Is This It" immediately strike you. Like that album, the songs here are super-catchy, super-fast and mostly super-short (many of them barely 2 min.). "Long Hair" is one of the three songs that was on "Between Us Girls" (the other two being "You've Got It All Wrong" and the album closer "A Shell Across the Tongue"). Singer-songwriter Matthew Hitt sounds uncannily like Julian Casablancas. "Unzip Your Harrington", midway into the album, is the only track where the tempo isn't at breakneck speed, as if to give both band and listener a breather. At just under 29 min., the album flies by in no time and you'll play this again and again. This is a very enjoyable album, even though it brings new meaning to the term "derivative', but then again isn't everything in rock 'n roll a derivative in one way or another?
Drowners are coming to Ohio next month in support of this album, and I've got my tickets already. Can't wait to see how they will bring these songs in a live setting! I'm guessing it's going to be a sweaty affair and heads will be bopping. Meanwhile "Drowners' is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!