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.