U.K. by way of NYC transplants Drowners played a muggy outdoor set in the courtyard of Downtown Brooklyn art hub Industry City.
Sponsored by Baeble Music, whose tagline “Know Who’s Next” rings true with opening act Handsome Ghost. Laden with lush synth textures and radio-ready vocal deliveries, the project of singer-songwriter Tim Noyes helped ease a crowd of teens pining for the headlining act. Riding on a more chill vibe, the sound of the group sounded more like indie pop crossover acts like fun. and JR. JR. with a more accessible sound for the EDM era. The band will also be supporting sucrose sweet pop singer Melanie Martinez on her upcoming Fall tour.
Since the release of their self-titled debut, Drowners have been associated with circle of guitar-based acts, criticized by Noisey as “Gobby Indie Rebels” like Catfish and the Bottlemen or The 1975, but their hard-and-heavy, infectious lyricism rings with more as a sonic cousin to acts like The Kooks and Arctic Monkeys. Their latest LP, “On Desire” sees the band taking a page from kindred spirits The Vaccines’ playbook and incorporating synthesizer in live shows and a more subdued pace from the break-neck speed of their first record. That isn’t to say the band has gotten lax, if anything their live shows have become increasingly more interesting because of the stronger songwriting and breathing room in between cuts off their two records. For both casual fans looking for a solid show and die hard Hitt stans still wearing “R.I.P. BAD TIMES” shirts, Drowners captured the evening and made it known to the world that they have finally become the band that lives up to their reputation.