SONG OF THE WEEK: DROWNERS // UNZIP YOUR HARRINGTON
Taking their name from the famous Suede tune, Drowners are the most exciting New-York-based band to cross the Atlantic since The Strokes. Although their model/socialite/DJ/English graduate frontman Matt Hitt originally hails from Wales, he has re-energised Britpop in a little bubble in the hipster circles of NYC. Their old-school, nineties influences are apparent, but something is decidedly modern about their eponymous first album, Drowners. Their image may be all leather jackets and cigarettes, but their lyrics are delicate and poignant and cheeky pop culture references combined with a drowsy, loved-up vibe make for a thoroughly enjoyable 13 tracks. Drowners certainly have a gift for naming their songs too, with some personal favourites being “Luv, Hold Me Down”, “Ways To Phrase A Rejection”, “Well, People Will Talk” and “Bar Chat”. This year, they are leaving their New York pals, like Alexa Chung and Amanda Norgaard (to shamelessly name drop a few) behind for a UK tour, as the support act for Skaters, so catch them whilst they’re across the pond!