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Raised in the Welsh Valley’s, lead Drowner Matthew Hitt (aka ’the Hittmaker’) relocated to grimy old New York to kick start his music career and by the reaction to the debut single ‘Between Us Girls’ which sold about a million copies then he may have stumbled onto something.
That something seems to be a reasonably slick Americanized interpretation of the great and the good Brit Pop bands. Opener ‘Ways to Phrase A Rejection’ has the kind of distorted vocal as trademarked by Julian Casablancas but the raucous playing and mentions of ‘council flat’ has more in common from kitchen sink Brit acts from Arctic Monkeys to Palma Violets. ‘Luv, Hold Me Down’ is the first track that has something akin to a Smiths guitar line, with spidery glistening lines that flutter through the track which has the more frenetic pace of the likes of The Vaccines.
The songs are universally simple, crazily catchy and have enough big fat hooks to please the average mosh pit frequenting youth. Even tracks like ‘Watch You Change’ which appear to be more melancholic sombre affairs burst into massive shoutalong chorus’s, the kind of thing The Libertines would have come up with if they’d ever got their shit properly together. So if you are a sucker for the big fat anthems of The Vaccines but wish for a little bit more Johnny Marr influenced guitar magic, Drowners sit happily somewhere between both camps.
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