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Earlier this summer Drowners was kind enough to get our Bands + Brews Sessions moving and grooving, working their way through an ecstatic set of songs from their new album On Desire as well as their 2014, self-titled debut. It was an amazing show that almost never happened. As is custom for most of our outdoor events, a wicked front rolled through Brooklyn that sent bandmembers, production personnel and Baeble employees scrambling, all eventually finding shelter in our office to monitor radars and dry out.

While killing time before the show, Matthew Hitt and Daniel Jacobs took a liking to our baby grand piano, tinkered around a bit, and had a thought. "When we played down for Bands + Brews and it was a huge hurricane/monsoon/rain storm we came up here and we were just jamming on the baby grand piano and it was so fun," Daniel told us. "I always wondered what it would sound like if we did a real session on one of these things."

And so our newest NEXT Session was born. Reconvening a couple months later, Daniel and Matthew casually stroll through four unique, candlelit (also the band's idea) reinterpretations of "Dreams Don't Count", "Troublemaker", "Pick Up The Pace", and "Human Remains". "Doing an acoustic session is a great way of showing the melodic side," Daniel told us. "There's a song within that attitude or within that stylized thing." It also paints the high-energy tunes Drowners generally crank out in a completely new light; one shaded by lyricism and romance, rather than punk-inspired energy.

Transcript

Inside a blue room, you could tell the sun was coming up
I watched you change the way you look like a sweet chameleon
You were becoming brighter, what a wonderful way to light her
I know that dreams don't count, count I know that dreams don't count
But if it feels real, what the hell's the point of stealing
That image I have of you from me ? This afternoon I thought about all the
lies you've lived before And I just couldn't block it out, all the
songs that you swore Were written for you, well here, here's
another one for the pile.
Can you see my white flag across the
avenue tonight? I know that dreams don't count, count
I know that dreams don't count But if it feels real, what the hell's
the point of stealing That image I have of you from me?
I know that dreams don't count, count
I know that dreams don't count But if it feels real, what the hell's
the point of stealing That image I have of you from me?
Baeble Music, and we are here with the guys from Drowners.
- You guys just played a very unique session for Baeble.
We've never done anything like this before with candles which is actually very close to me, I didn't realize that, that's kind of dangerous.
And a nice stripped-down piano.
Was this your idea? - It was his idea.
- It was my idea, yeah.
- Daniel had played most of the synths on the album anyway, so, I guess it's just like synths without effects pedals.
We were curious to see what it'd come out like.
- I heard that when you guys were hanging out in a room for Bands and Brews, you guys were geeking out over the piano.
- Yeah, that's basically how this session came about.
When we played down for Bands and Brews, and it was like a huge hurricane , monsoon rainstorm, we came up here and we were just jamming on the baby grand piano, and it was so fun, I always wondered what it would sound like for us to get in here and do a real session.
- Were the candles also your idea? - We were looking for a little bit of a vibe.
Let's just say that.
- I think we got that vibe.
- Nothing sets a vibe like a candle.
- Yeah, just do four taps though.
- You did, like, five.
Troubled by a thought all night that you won't let go
They said "don't look back" but the hindsight's all he knows
And they were strangers when the night began,
She put his future in the past
And he was struck down at a late hour, weren't you?
By a little troublemaker.
Charred by a spark at the time but you gave it no thought
At a table in the back where you clocked her holding court
You struggle to keep calm inside though your hands were deeply in the fire
And he was struck down at a late hour,
weren't you? By a little troublemaker
And he was struck down at a late hour, weren't you?
By a little troublemaker
- "Troublemaker" is cool because it's the opening song on the record, and it's actually the fastest, one of the most aggressive songs on the record.
I don't think we ever thought that it was going to translate in an acoustic way, but when we just tried it, it worked really, really well.
- I think we consciously tried to write "poppy" songs and good melodies, and we tried our best to record them in that way as well.
But I think live, the thrashing and whatever is so ingrained in us as live musicians that we can't get rid of that punk bit, as hard as we try.
It's always the backbone.
- Yeah, I think that the punk is the energy with which we perform when we're playing as a full band.
- I whipped out a little bit of punk today, earlier on, yeah.
- On "Dreams Don't Count?" - Yeah.
- Pretty, pretty, pretty punk.
But this is, like today, and doing acoustic sessions, a great way of showing the melodic side, and that there's a song within that... - Attitude.
- ...within that attitude, or within that stylized thing.
It just brings it down to the songs, and to the melodies, and to the chords that are in there and everything like that, so yeah.
- Yeah.
I kick myself when you did not show Clue to a puzzle that I thought I'd know
A reflection in a window and it's not quite clear
Just why the hell'd you disappear? I have searched all along these rows of
terraces for you I have searched all the terraces for you
But we'll never get through anything if we're moving at this rate Honey you've got, you've got, you've got to pick up the pace.
The drunken boys scream something crass
And they're all reeling in the aftermath
They swore they saw you just this week past
The ball is dropped so the chain reacts
And I have searched all along these rows of terraces for you
I have searched all the terraces for you But we'll never get through anything
if we're moving at this rate Honey you've got, you've got, you've got
to pick up the pace Pick up the pace
But I know sometimes it's rough
But you can't act out every time you've had enough
Oh I know that you've made mistakes
But it's time you started picking up the pace
Pick up the pace
I have searched all along these rows of terraces for you
I have searched all the terraces for you
But we'll never get through anything if we're moving at this rate
Honey you've got, you've got, you've got to pick up the pace.
Pick up the pace
- Would you say there is a place that you can always go to that inspires you or anything like that? - New York in general always inspires me.
- Yeah, I think that you're asking about the New York scene being a part of it, but I think that New York City, just as an environment, inspires this band more than the scene does, I guess.
Just the people that live here and go about our normal lives just like everyone else that lives here, and the stuff that you hear, the stuff that you see, everything that you encounter, plays more of an influence on what we write and what we're doing.
- I like listening to everyone else's problems and then comparing it to my problems, and then making a song from that.
- Like writing in the perspective of someone else? - Yeah, sometimes.
More people, more problems, as the saying goes, right? - So you write... - Mo' people, mo' problems? - Mo' people, mo' problems.
- Mo'.
- Mo'.
- People.
- People.
- Mo'.
- Problems.
- Problems.
- Yeah.
- Wasn't it saying with the money? Or no? - No, no, it's definitely people.
- Are you constantly writing songs still, or have you taken a break? - I'm only taking a break to do this interview, otherwise I'm constantly writing.
- Nice.
So when you're writing, do you see yourself writing more in the perspective of tour life, like from the road? - No, no, not at all.
I feel exactly the same way as I did at the start.
I don't feel jaded by touring.
What I meant by that earlier on is once there's infrastructure behind your band, you feel like you're removed from the scene.
It makes sense? Or was that shit? - No, it makes total sense.
- Yeah.
- Yeah, but still writing about the same things.
I still feel the same way I did.
I don't feel like I'm going to write a song about how a guitar tech mis-tuned a guitar or something.
Because we haven't got guitar techs.
Echoes of words she never spoke Twirl around his head today
A disco ball rotation reflects upon the freckles on her face
Oh, I watch her dance across a crowded floor holding on
tightly to someone she'd met the week before. So when I leave tonight
with someone at my side, all the time I'll make believe it's you
But it's not.
What I mean to say in the kindest of ways
Is all the time I'm just dreaming of you
Well I watch her dance across a crowded floor
Holding on tightly to someone she'd met the week before
So when I leave tonight with someone at my side
All the time I make believe it's you
Desire doesn't fade, it only gets replaced
Oh, I'm looking for you
I watch her dance across I watch her dance across
I watch her dance across a crowded floor
Holding on tightly to someone she'd met the week before
So when I leave tonight with someone at my side
All the time I make believe it's you
I watch her dance across a crowded floor
Yeah, I watch her dance across a crowded floor
Yeah, I watch her dance across a crowded floor


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