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The Drowns – Under Tension

Pirates Press Records

We may only be a few months into the new year but I think I have already found a contender for my album of the year with The Drowns brand new album ‘Under Tension’. The album was produced by Ted Hutt (Dropkick Murphy’s, The Gaslight Anthem, Street Dogs, and Flogging Molly) and follows their impressive debut, ‘View From The Bottom’ and last year’s excellent single ‘The Sound'. I have to say though that these melodic street punks have upped the ante again and have given us 11 killer tracks that I have been playing constantly for the last couple of weeks and will be for some time to come.

For me, The Drowns are a band at the very top of their game and this new album highlights this and they deserve all the plaudits that come their way. Along with finding the time to record ‘Under Tension’ the band has toured relentlessly which featured a gig on an aircraft carrier and appeared at last year’s Rebellion Festival, which I was fortunate to be at and can assure you they put on one hell of a live show.

The Drowns are a band with bags of passion for what they do and this comes across brilliantly on these energetic punk rock anthems they have given us on ‘Under Tension’ which is an absolute pleasure to listen to.  ‘Black Lung' kicks proceedings off in fine style, an excellent punk rock gem with lyrics that hit home that is delivered brilliantly by Rev And sets a high standard for the rest of the album. That high standard is kept with the next two tracks, ‘Them Rats’ and ‘Wolves On The Throne’ both of which are catchy sing-along anthems that I could just play on repeat for hours.

Three songs into ‘Under Tension’ and the band have already proven that they have got a knack for writing catchy punk rock anthems but they keep delivering earworm after earworm which makes for an incredible listen. I have to say that there are many highlights on the album but I have to say that ‘Hold Fast', ‘Demons’, ‘Cue The Violins', and the incredible ‘One More Pint' are some of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time. Another stand out is when they take on Jimmy Cliff's ‘The Harder They Come', many bands would be tempted to keep the reggae sound but The Drowns have kept to their punk rock sound making this song their own. ‘Battery Street' brings the album to a close in fine style, a melodic sing-along anthem which is probably my favourite track on the album.

The Drowns have given us one hell of an album and I believe are destined for great things. Do yourselves a favour and add this album to your collection, you won’t be disappointed.