New Band of The Day - Drowners
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If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you combined Johnny Marr’s iconic guitar style with The Vaccine’s simplistic lyrics and playful tones, you can stop wondering right now and instead press play on Drowners. The New York quartet have recently dropped their self-titled debut, and to say they sound a bit like the Smiths would be an understatement. They do a fine line in romantic stories matched with jangly guitar riffs. ‘Long Hair’ has a similar echo to Marr’s work on ‘Hand In Glove’, and the playful lust of the lyrics why don’t you just come around, and undo another button on your blouse’ on ‘A Button on Your Blouse’ shows a band of growing confidence. Leaving Drowners as likeable, tasteful indie-pop band that plays tribute to the arguably the greatest bands of the genre.The grittiness is there, though the sleekness of Matthew Hitt’s voice is overpowering and removes the heavy edge. Despite this, the Welsh born but New York based band are effortlessly cool and a perfect portrayal of the songs they produce. Conventional simple choruses ooze sing-along sessions with the bands harmonies. If not entirely a new, groundbreaking sound Drowners offer a great new addition to the Smiths indie-legacy.