The Drowners - Beauty

Towards the end of 2008 the BBC website was banging on about an 80's revival - the return of the synthesiser and daft haircuts. OK - I made up the bit about haircuts but seeing some of the band photos, it seemed apt. Whereas I've no objection to a revival I really must insist that some room is made for three piece guitar band The Drowners who have managed a magnificent amalgam of the Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen with perhaps a touch here and there of the Psychedelic Furs.

Opener "Beauty" trundles along like The Cure on speed and it's not harmed at all by the Bunnymen-esque guitar riffs. I've no idea if the muddy production is deliberate or not but it certainly works to add atmosphere. "Not A Love Song"is slightly brighter production wise though the vocals do get a bit fuzzy towards the end and personally I'd have liked a little more clarity in that area but it's a minor complaint. There's enough here to appeal to a broad spectrum of fans from the Goths to the indie kids. If this is representative of what they're capable of, some serious airplay and a heavy gigging schedule should guarantee this lot a decent shot at a successful career.

On a personal basis, I'm looking forward to hearing much more.

by Phil T.

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