Entries tagged with: The Drowners
the singer was also a male model...
"In April, they signed to NY label Frenchkiss. "We liked that Frenchkiss seemed to understand the semantics of being in a band." They are currently finishing up writing their debut album to be released this fall. Both the label and the band are thrilled for this amazing new partnership. Frenchkiss Records head, Syd Butler exclaims, "We believe this band is ready to take over the world... "Right now the band, who played Brooklyn Bowl the other day, have just two upcoming dates, both with the Vaccines (who they've played with before).
UPDATE: The Drowners are playing Pianos on May 8th.
Those dates are listed along with a video below...
You may remember Brooklyn outfit The Drowners who we profiled last year. The band have since signed to Birthday Records, the label founded by onetime Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson. Birthday just released The Drowners debut EP, Between Us Girls, and you can stream it below via Spotify. The EP contains a rerecorded version of "Long Hair," which was in our original post. Depsite taking their name from Suede's debut single, the band owe more to the crop of bands that popped up in the wake of The Libertines, with maybe a little of the Smiths élan in there too. (While they're based here, frontman Matt Hitt is from Wales.) Also below is a video for the EP's "You've Got It All Wrong."
The Drowners play NYC tonight (3/29) at Knitting Factory with Rewards. It's a late show, doors at midnight and tickets ($5) are still available.
Cascading Slopes at Cameo, 1/31/2013 (via @FreshBread)
Cascading Slopes is a new project from Jacob Graham of The Drums. Unlike his other band, this is 100% synthesiser-based music. His debut album, Towards a Quaker View of Synthesizers, is out soon and "took two years to complete from its inception and was made using strictly voltage-controlled instruments." Jacob has been keeping a synth blog, Mild Slopes, for some time now. While no tracks from the album have been released yet, you can stream a portion of non-LP track, "Other Worlds," below.
The band made their live debut last week (1/31) at Cameo with Leverage Models. If you missed it, New York has a few chances to see them as the'll start a February residency at Pianos on 2/13 that will continue for the two following wednesdays (2/20, 2/27). All three nights also feature Ludwig Persick, and the 2/13 show also has TV Baby and Club Girls. Then the 2/20 show also has The Drowners and King Holiday, and then the final night of the residency has El Sportivo & the Blooz, Rumors and Twin Wave. Advance tickets for all three nights are on sale now.
A flyer for the Pianos residency and a video trailer are below.
by Bill Pearis
Parlovr at Hotel Vegan, SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Montreal's Parlovr are visiting NYC, playing Glasslands TONIGHT (5/30) with Mainland, We Run, and The Drowners. Tickets are still available. It's a one off show for the band before they head out on a tour of the US and Canada in June.
Parlovr just released their second album, Kook Soul, on Dine Alone records. The album was a long time coming for the band, starting two years ago when the band were on the verge of breaking up, reveals a story in the Montreal Mirror:
...they continued touring in support of an album they were tired of, forced to spend long hours on the road--not an ideal situation for a pair of combustible personalities at drastically different points in their lives. Alex Cooper had pencilled in a wedding date with his longtime squeeze, only to have her end it. Louis Jackson, by his own admission, "was becoming a complete whore." A van ride from Brooklyn to Providence on a blistering July day almost sealed the group's fate.The band sorted things out, obviously, and Kook Soul is a big step up from their self-titled debut, influenced heavily by repeated listens to The Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin and old '50s records. The songs sound good live too -- I caught Parlovr a couple times during SXSW this year. Check 'em out if you can.
"Every single word uttered devolved into petty arguing, and we still had six hours to go. [Drummer] Jeremy [MacCuish] was in the back, I don't know how he put up with it," recalls Cooper.
"It was also the hottest day of the year in New York," interjects the stoic MacCuish, with only a faint hint of exasperation. "It was bumper to bumper through Connecticut because everyone was driving to the beach, and the air-conditioning was broken."
You can stream Kook Soul below, and check out all listed Parlovr tourdates.
by Bill Pearis
DOWNLOAD: The Drowners - Long Hair (MP3)
We mentioned in passing that local four-piece The Drowners are opening for The Vaccines and Porcelain Raft at Webster Hall on April 23. If you're free tonight (4/17), you can go see them at Pianos for free. They're on at 11:30 and the bill also features Broncho (feat. Ryan Lindsey of Starlight Mints) and NYC band Brothers.
The Drowners don't seem to have been around long (they started their Facebook page last month!) but the two songs posted are pretty good, UK-leaning (singer Matt Hitt is from Wales), breezy guitar pop that recalls the lighter side of the Arctic Monkeys or laid back Californians The Tyde. (Their name makes me think of Suede's debut single.) You can download "Long Hair" at the top of this post (or stream it below) and there's a second song you can stream at their Tumblr.
Porcelain Raft at Webster Hall in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Porcelain Raft, who made quite an impression at their MHOW show with Youth Lagoon, who they're still currently on tour with, has added another NYC show to their schedule. They'll be back for a show at Mercury Lounge on June 1 with Firehorse (not fIREHOSE) and Jane Jane Pollock. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday, 4/20 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/18) at noon.
Porcelain Raft recently released the video for "Drifting In and Out" off his 2012 debut LP, Strange Weekend. Check out that video and all dates below...