The Drowning Men’s New Album Out 7.17… Summer Tour with River City Extension!

By on May 11, 2012

Poised to Revive Indie Rock
All of the Unknown out 7/17 via Borstal Beat Records

At first glance, THE DROWNING MEN appear as an exercise in contradictions. With an abundance of tattoos, facial hair, and a sentiment that skews strongly toward the blue-collar dockworkers of their hometown of Oceanside, California, it seems easy to discern exactly what sort of music this band plays. And yet, upon first listen it immediately becomes clear that their appearances have indeed been deceiving as they yield to a gorgeous, roots and folk-flavored indie rock sound bursting with enchanting melodies and deeply poetic lyrics. With the release of their second full length, ALL OF THE UNKNOWN, on July 17, 2012 via Flogging Molly’s label, Borstal Beat Records, The Drowning Men are poised to bring the entire indie scene up for a breath of air. The band is also hitting the road for a month-long US tour in support of the upcoming release with friends and kindred musical spirits River City Extension (tour dates and teaser trailer below).
Formed in 2006 by long-time friends Nathan “Nato” Bardeen (vocals, keyboards, guitar, mandolin), James Smith (guitar, vocals), and Rory Dolan (drums), the three quickly recruited Todd Eisenkerch (bass, vocals) and Gabriel Messer (keyboards, vocals) to round out the line-up. “The right fit for us just happened . There was no math to it,” explains Nato. James elaborates “Nato called me up one day in 2005 and said “do you want to play some music?’, and we’ve never stopped. I feel like the music clicked from that first day, it’s just evolved.” The band self-released their first EP, Kill the Matador, in 2007. In 2009, the band went into the studio with Pall Jenkins (The Black Heart Procession, Ugly Casanova) to record their first LP The Beheading of the Songbird, which was self-released that year and then officially re-released by their current label, Borstal Beat Records in 2011 in preparation for the release of their second full-length, All of the Unknown.

Spring Tour 2012 Trailer
Click to watch!

On All of the Unknown, it’s easy to see just how the members of The Drowning Men fit together. Sharp, intricate guitar lines play off dreamy, plaintive vocals and catchy melodies to create songs that are infinitely enjoyable. The addition of unusual instruments such as the theremin only serve to enhance the band’s charm. From the carnival-ish intro of “Bored in a Belly” to the fuzz-drenched pop of “Smile” to the haunting piano and stripped-down vocals of “A Better Place”, The Drowning Men have created a monster of an album, brimming with indie rock swagger, and incredibly accessible to both fans of the genre and newcomer alike. The band credits much of their influence to renowned songwriter Nick Cave but to be sure there are also elements of Bright Eyes, My Morning Jacket, Interpol, The Black Heart Procession, and just a hint of Tom Waits’ dark flair contained within their sound. All of the Unknown was produced by Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Billy Mohler whose credits including working with Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Macy Gray, Miss Derringer and Awolnation among many others.
The Drowning Men have already amassed a legion of fans from well-respected bands including Airborne Toxic Event, whom they supported on the road from October to December in 2011, and Alkaline Trio who brought them along for the East Coast leg of their 15th Anniversary tour in 2011. After playing two official showcases at SXSW this year, the band is poised to surface at the top of the current indie scene with the release of All of the Unknown. This year promises to be a big one for the band – the guys have thrown indie rock a lifesaver – make sure you take the opportunity to grab it!

* signifies dates w/ River City Extension

5/22 – St. George, UT – GoGo37
5/24 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
5/25 – Omaha, NE – The Sydney Benson
5/26 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
5/27 – Hamilton, OH – Galaxy CDs
5/29 – Hamden, CT – The Space*
5/30 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s*
5/31 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue*
6/1 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern*
6/2 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
6/4 – St. Augustine, FL – Cafe 11*
6/5 – Orlando, FL – The Social*
6/6 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade*
6/8 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar*
6/9 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q*
6/10 – San Antonio, TX – Korova*
6/12 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress*

6/13 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*
6/14 – Phoenix, AZ – The Rhythm Room*
6/15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite*
6/16 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
6/17 – San Jose, CA – The Blank Club*
6/19 – Portland, OR – Backspace*
6/20 – Seattle, WA – Barboza*
6/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*
6/23 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre*
6/24 – Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall*
6/26 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*
6/27 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern*
6/28 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection Front Lounge*
6/29 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room*
6/30 – Akron, OH – Musica*
7/02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar*


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.