Drowners // Live Review

The Lexington – May 15th

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Given their introduction to the touring scene – playing alongside the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, the Vaccines and Foals – it’s no surprise that New York based Drowners have seen their fanbase snowball since the 2013 release of their first EP. The effect that this has had upon the band since their last London appearance is evident, their confidence growing almost as quickly as their ever mounting list of well-respected admirers. That said, at one point, guitarist Jack Ridley (III) requested a salute of middle fingers from the audience for a personal photo, demonstrating their rock and roll edge but also a sense of humble roots, and the thrill of playing a packed, sold-out venue.

The performance was energised, the songs seeming rawer and more aggressive than the refined sound of their self-titled album. And as Welsh front man, Matt Hitt, sang the lyrics “Hold me down and never let me go” the swoons were almost audible. Their fast-paced songs hurtled them through their set at surprising speed; the audience frenzy peaking for the popular track ‘Long Hair’ – a song summarising the teenage efforts of making an ex-girlfriend jealous.

Drowners may have an unsurprisingly young fan-base at the moment, but as their sound continues to mature, and with a number of festival appearances on the horizon, they look set to be big news this summer, which I’m sure will only amplify the number of people falling at their feet.

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