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    Default We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    Rolling Stone says of The Drowners...

    By Jon Dolan
    January 28, 2014

    "A New York band fronted by a 25-year-old Welsh model, Drowners play what they've called "friendly post-punk" – crisp, bright Anglo-Eighties guitar pop bristling with the coy cockiness of posh bros who never get much resistance at closing time. Their full-length debut piles on Johnny Marr allusions while singer Matt Hitt coolly tosses off lines like "Undo another button on your blouse/These days, you know, I rarely leave the house." Songs like "Unzip Your Harrington" and "Luv, Hold Me Down" aren't deep, but the charging-guitar shimmer and fun, facile choruses are pretty undeniable. It's kind of weird no one thought of this sooner: It's the Smiths reborn as the Strokes."









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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    No, Drowners seem to be an C86 influence indie band. The band that reminds me the most like Smiths right now is Ski Lodge
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    Quote Originally Posted by getbetter View Post
    No, Drowners seem to be an C86 influence indie band. The band that reminds me the most like Smiths right now is Ski Lodge
    Gotta disagree. Ski Lodge is terrible!
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    who is to say i'm praising any of these bands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyTheLongFace View Post
    Still pretty serious about this.

    Jack White @ Bill .... 08/22/14
    FYF @ LA Sport Area 08/23 - 08/24/14
    Swans @ The Independent 08/08/14
    Decibel Festival @ Seattle 09/24 - 09/28/14
    War on Drugs @ Fillmore 10/05/14
    Death From Above 1979 @ The Independent 11/17/14


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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    Quote Originally Posted by getbetter View Post
    who is to say i'm praising any of these bands.
    Then what the fuck are you doing in this thread? Fuck off!
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    I'm loving everything I heard from them. When I heard you've got it all wrong by them I immediately thought of the smiths.

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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    I came into this thread to learn about a band. You are too inept to even give your own opinion and rely on a rolling stone snippet to promote this band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhyTheLongFace View Post
    Still pretty serious about this.

    Jack White @ Bill .... 08/22/14
    FYF @ LA Sport Area 08/23 - 08/24/14
    Swans @ The Independent 08/08/14
    Decibel Festival @ Seattle 09/24 - 09/28/14
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    Since when were the smiths "friendly"? it's whiny banal narcissistic crap. Unengaged, "I want things my way and I don't care what anyone else thinks" maudlin bullshit. not "friendly", and not very good, either.

    I don't know Ski Lodge, but I'm willing to take Zack's word for it. Which would explain why they suck.
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    heard these guys a few months and liked that second song at the time, but can't call them deeply life alternating, can you?
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    They're not offensive, easy to listen to...catchy. Friendly post punk is a good description. But they're nothing amazing or even especially noteworthy to me. There are just so many bands that sound like this at this point, what really makes Drowners special?
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    My Coachella Song of the Day post about Drowners' "A Shell Across the Tongue": http://coachellasongoftheday.tumblr....-85-days-until

    They're not quite The Smiths but I do love this band - saw them twice at Lollapalooza last year and they're definitely worth showing up early for on Saturday.
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    What little i've heard sounds more like Suede than The Smiffs - I like what I hear
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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    Since when were the smiths "friendly"? it's whiny banal narcissistic crap. Unengaged, "I want things my way and I don't care what anyone else thinks" maudlin bullshit. not "friendly", and not very good, either.

    I don't know Ski Lodge, but I'm willing to take Zack's word for it. Which would explain why they suck.
    That's a touch harsh. At their best (Hatful of Hollow imo), they were pretty damn good. Marr is one of the best post guitar-giant pickers. Morrissey is a self-absorbed tw*t, I will grant you that. At their worst, they are pretty much what you described. I would also rather listen to the Outfield than Morrissey's falsetto songs.

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    Default Re: We can't have The Smiths, but at least GV got us The Drowners!

    Caught these guys when they subbed for Foals at a Lolla afteshow last August and really dug their show. Hoping this is an early set and doesn't conflict with Carbon Airways.
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