Release Date: May 6, 2022
Format: Digital and Physical (Get the vinyl)
Label: Pirate Press Records
Producer: Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Dropkick Murphys, The Bouncing Souls
Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)
- Aaron Rev (vocals/guitar),
- Andy Wyle (bass/vocals),
- Jonny Wade (guitar),
- Jake Margolis (drums)
Favorite Tracks: Live Like Yer Dyin, Lunatics, The Working Dead, She’s The Knife, Look What We’ve Become, and Tokyo Red Alert
Post Photo by: https://www.instagram.com/thethm/
Sounds Like: The Briggs, Buzzcocks, Cocksparrer, STLF, The Tossers, NOISE, Transplants, Dead Boys, and Dropkick Murphys
CPRA Faves, The Drowns have announced a massive US and European tour kicking off June 8, 2022 at the Ivy Room in Albany, California. In addition they released their new EP, “Lunatics“. The Drowns are no strangers to CPRA. We loved their last album, “Under Tension” and prior record, “View From Bottom“. A few years back they signed on with Pirates Press Records. Seriously go look at the killer bands on the label here, https://shop.piratespressrecords.com/. So, let’s dive into the new EP!
The first track on the EP is “Live Like Yer Dyin”. This song for me was a total and complete surprise. I was expecting OI and got some amazing rockabilly influenced rock ‘n’ roll. The first thought that came to my mind for some strange reason was the below scene from Rocky Horror Picture Show. I know this really isn’t a good comparison, but it made me remember some fun times from my youth. Great music should always invoke a deep personal connection. I dare you not to sing along with “Live Like Yer Dyin”. The video also reminded me of Denis Leary in House Of Pain’s, Shamrocks & Shenanigans.
The second track is “Lunatics”. Fans of bands like The Buzzcocks, STLF, and The Jam will absolutely love this track. Per the band, “Lunatics is a commentary on how the epidemic of homelessness in the United States is viewed by the general public and how a large number of Americans have a severe lack of empathy towards those in tougher situations than their own,” says front man and guitarist Aaron Rev.”
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Downtown Denver like many other cities is currently has an extremely high homeless population. There are tents on the side of highways, and camps saddling drainage ditches. Many suffer from untreated mental illness and substance abuse addiction. The rich seem to burn rubber to get away afraid they may have to give a stranger one of their precious dollars. Unfortunately, until the government wants to focus on helping them nothing will change.
The third track up is “The Working Dead”. How many times have you raced to beat that red light to get to work on time? American society is changed to their desks, and phones hoping the paychecks keep rolling in. What happens if you get sick? The government and your employer know you are easily replaceable. The so called, “Great Resignation” hasn’t done enough to keep the money we work hard to achieve. I love this song! Let’s raise a beer and a fist in unity.
The fourth track up is “She’s A Knife”. It’s a personal story from lead singer, Aaron Rev. Per the label, ” “She’s The Knife” is a song Rev wrote for his wife after she got off a 12-hour nursing shift and got cat-called on her way home. There are so many rad women doing amazing things and they are constantly getting harassed by A-holes. For example, my wife gave CPR to a person who was going into cardiac from a fentanyl overdose. After she saved this person’s life. The medic (a man) arrived a said, “Thanks can I get your number?” My wife cut this medic down the size of an ant. We as men need to stop this horrid behavior. If you see it call it out!
The fifth track is another track that was a complete surprise for me, and it’s called, “Look What We’ve Become”. It talks of kids dying at the hands of the people that swore to protect us, homelessness and widespread American poverty. It will make you cry! The harmonies alone on this track should get this record a fricken Grammy! We cannot back down and will go to the protests hand in hand.
The last track is “Tokyo Red Alert”. This rad song is about when the band got stuck in Japan during Typhoon Hagibis. Can you imagine being a world away from home during such a chaotic event? I love everything about this track. It’s rad the band can take these interesting events like this and make a killer song. Upon record release day the band also announced a huge US and European tour. They are playing Denver on 6/20/2022 with No Bueno and Red Stinger! Get your tickets here, tickets.holdmyticket.com/tickets/394020. See tour poster for dates and times below.
In conclusion, the Drowns new EP, “Lunatics” is in one word, “Killer”. They continue to produce music that produces raw emotion, and makes you wanna bust the pit wide open. The Drowns are on the rise. Oh did you notice they’re also playing Rebellion fest? So congrats to the Drowns on their new unbelievable good record!
“Cling to your bible and your wallet too
Avert your eyes and try to muscle through
Cry about how hard it was for you
To sip your overpriced caffeine
Near the casualties of the American dream
You’re so obscene”
The Drowns – “Lunatics”
Tracks: (Per Bandcamp)
- Live Like Yer Dyin
- The Working Dead
- She’s the Knife
- Look What We’ve Become
- Tokyo Red Alert