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Drowners performing at Coachella in 2014
Background information
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock, post-punk revival
LabelsFrenchkiss Records
MembersMatthew Hitt
Jack Ridley
Erik Lee Snyder
Daniel Jacobs
  • Joe Brodie

Drowners are an American-Welsh indie rock band formed in New York City in 2011 by Matthew Hitt (lead vocals, guitar), Jack Ridley III (lead guitar), Erik Lee Snyder (bass) and Daniel Jacobs (drums).[1] Their first release was the EP Between Us Girls which appeared in early 2013. In January 2014 their debut album Drowners was released worldwide preceded by the single "Luv, Hold Me Down".[2][3][4] In 2016, the band released their second album On Desire.[5] The band has toured both North America and Europe.


The band was formed when Welsh-born Matthew Hitt moved to New York City in 2011 to pursue a career in modelling. With a degree in English Literature, he found time to "write and jam on [his] guitar every day".[1] He recruited three musicians and began rehearsing and recording the songs.[6] Guitarist Jack Ridley is originally from the North West of the US while bass player Erik Snyder grew up outside Philadelphia.[7] On February 4, 2013, Drowners released their first EP Between Us Girls on the English label Birthday Records. The EP contains three short songs, including "Long Hair", oft cited as the lead track.[1]

The band signed with a Frenchkiss Records, and began to record their first studio album in May 2013. The album was produced by Gus Oberg and Johnny T, while recording took place over a three-week period.[8]

The band headed to Europe for the first time in February 2014 in support of their album, to perform a small number of London shows (including an in-store performance at Rough Trade East), and were main support for Cage The Elephant on their European tour and main support for SKATERS on their UK tour.[9] The band enlisted a number of drummers, including Joe Brodie,[7] before settling on Daniel Jacobs.[10]

The band opened shows for Arctic Monkeys, The Vaccines and Foals while undertaking their first headlining tour of North America and Europe in February/March 2014.[11] They continue to tour and performed at the Coachella festival and played support to Temples.[8] After two months of recording, the band had finalised their second album by Christmas 2015.[12]

In June 2016, the band released the album On Desire to mixed reviews.[13] It was produced by Claudius Mitterndorfer and preceded by the single "Cruel Ways".[14]


Studio albums

Title Album details
On Desire
  • Released: June 24, 2016
  • Label: Frenchkiss Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download


  • Between Us Girls (February 4, 2013, Birthday Records)


  1. ^ a b c "Clash Interview" Joe Zadeh, 'OTW #487: Drowners Revamped Brit Pop Garage', Clash Magazine, March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Campion, Freddie. "Band of the Week:". vogue.com. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ darwin, liza. "band crush: drowners". nylonmag.com. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Drowners Tear Up the Town in 'Luv, Hold Me Down' - Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Goodman, Jessica (June 24, 2016). "Drowners - On Desire". DIY. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Lester, Paul. "New Band of the Day". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ a b Gill, LaToya (April 15, 2014). "Conversations with... Drowners (Part 1)". Rooms Magazine. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ a b Tout, Alicia (May 29, 2014). "Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Drowners". A Music Blog, Yea?.
  9. ^ "Gig Review" Marco Zande, 'Gig Review: SKATERS + Drowners at Dingwalls', Invasion Mag, March 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "An Interview With The Post-Punk Band, DROWNERS On Their Latest Album, "On Desire" On More! | All Access Music". music.allaccess.com. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "2014 tour" SongKick 2014 tour listings
  12. ^ Muir, Ava (19 May 2016). "Our interview with Drowners". Northern Transmissions. Retrieved .
  13. ^ On Desire by Drowners, retrieved
  14. ^ "Premiere: Here's Drowners New Album 'On Desire' | NOISEY". Noisey. June 20, 2016. Retrieved .

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