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Album Review

New York City post-punk quartet Drowners love Suede so much that they named their group after one of their songs. They also love the Smiths, the Strokes, and the Arctic Monkeys, and they're not ashamed of sounding exactly like them. This needs to be taken into consideration when dropping the needle on the band's eponymous debut long-player, because taken at face value, it's hard to get past its thrift-shop nature, but like their brothers from across the pond, the Vaccines, with whom they have smartly toured, they lack the skill set for subterfuge. They just want to be like their heroes, and if that means treating the biz like a garage rock revival RPG game, then so be it. Punchy, infectious, and economical, songs like "Ways to Phrase a Rejection," "You've Got it All Wrong," "A Shell Across the Tongue," and "Long Hair," none of which break the two-minute mark, may sound like the products of a skinny, leather-clad, Brooklyn-based gang of twentysomethings fronted by a Welsh-born former male model (which they are), but they're also a lot of fun.

Customer Reviews

Top album

This has been criticised for being too derivative, unimaginative etc, but you know what, all that really doesn't matter

Really fun, upbeat album that you won't regret buying!

Going to be unreal

Pre-ordered this album because with songs like 'Unzip Your Harrington' and 'Long Hair', I can already see that this album is going to be unreal. Can't wait to listen to the rest.


Love every single song! So catchy.


Formed: 2012 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Pairing an obsession with the Smiths with a moniker taken from a Suede song, one would think that the Drowners would hail from London, or at the very least, Manchester, when in truth the stylish post-punk quartet fronted by a former male model calls the New York City borough of Brooklyn home. Formed in 2012 around the talents of Welsh transplant/frontman Matthew Hitt (vocals, guitar), Jack Ridley (guitar), Erik Lee Snyder (bass), and Lakis E. Pavlou (drums), the band, who invoke names like the Strokes,...
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