SINGLE REVIEW: The Drowns – Hold Fast/Demons (Pirates Press Records)

The Drowns are a new-ish band from Seattle and Los Angeles who are starting to make waves in street-punk circles.

They released their debut album View From The Bottom on Gunner Records at the back end of last year, and confirmed their growing reputation as one of the best new bands around.

While they might be newbies, their various members have been around the block a few times, having been in bands including Madcap, Time Again, Success, The Briggs, and Shell Corporation.

On this release, which comes on a beautiful digitally printed 12in slab of vinyl, Pirates Press give us a glimpse of The Drowns’ second album Under Tension, which is due out in early 2020.

Hold Fast showcases singer Aaron Rev’s gravelly voice, against a backdrop of seething guitars, bobbling bass and subtle drums, and there’s a real intensity to the song, including a solo which sounds like prime Dead Kennedys.

Demons is a slightly faster, more upbeat tune, despite being about dealing with life’s struggles, and sounds ready-made for punk rock radio station playlists.

For fans of Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls and Face To Face, The Drowns are a band you need to discover before everyone else does.

The Drowns playing at Rebellion Festival 2019 in Blackpool. Pic: Gary Welford.
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