Monday, 8 August 2022


Drowningman are a five-piece metalcore/mathcore band from Burlington, Vermont that were around from 1995 to 2002. They reunited between 2004 and 2005 for a tour and new album before breaking up again. They played a few reunion shows in 2014, and offically reformed in 2021, with their first new material in over 15 years being released this year. Throughout their tenure, they've gone through quite a few lineup changes, with vocalist Simon Brody being the one constant member. They've also worked with a ton of great labels, including Hydra Head, Revelation and Equal Vision. 

Sonically, Drowningman came off the heels of metalcore pioneers like Unbroken and Deadguy, with heavy, dissonant riffs, agile rhythms, and throat-shredding vocals. They often paired with this with a keen sense of melody, even early on at their heaviest. It wouldn't be surprising to find out they were big on post-hardcore acts like Unwound or Refused, as those angular, melodic aspects do encroach in their sound quite a bit. If you're looking for a place to start, I think their debut Busy Signal At The Suicide Hotline is probably their best, though I do also have an affinity for the EP's How They Light Cigarettes In Prison and Still Loves You. Highly recommended stuff, they are an absolute classic of their respective genre. Enjoy.

1. Weighted And Weighed Down
2. Static Mouth

1. Condoning The Use Of Inhalants
2. High School Slow Dance
3. Busy Signal At The Suicide Hotline
4. Sadder Than Saturday
5. Mail Order Kidney
6. Trouble Breathing
7. Supermarket Riot
8. Clothesline

1. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Jim Fear
2. Drowningman - My First Restraining Order

1. Black-Tie Knife-Fight
2. Radio Turned To The Sounds Of Hearts Breaking
3. A Quick Prayer To The Patron Saint Of Dirty Rest Area Bathrooms And Clean Getaways
4. How They Light Cigarettes In Prison

1. When People Become Numbers
2. Last Weeks Minutes From The Meeting Of The Secret Society Of Your Friends Who Actually Hate You
3. The Truly Dangerous Nature Of A Man Who Doesn't Care If He Lives Or Dies
4. Rock And Roll Killing Machine
5. Code Breaking Hearts
6. My First Restraining Order
7. This Years Most Fashionable Sense Of Weakness
8. If God Loves A Winner He's Going To Want To Fuck Me In A Minute (Born To Break Even)
9. Angels And Defenses

1. The More I Get To Know You Less I Like You
2. The Unbearable Burden Of Always Being Right
3. Weighted And Weighed Down
4. Living With The Awful Truth That We're Not As Cool As We'd Like Other People To Think We Are
5. Surveillance Footage Highlights

1. Weighted And Weighed Down
2. Dial
3. Static Mouth
4. Your Eyes Look Like Candy
5. Red
6. Kiss The Canvas
7. Where The Heart Is
8. Wellwisher
9. Contagious
10. Open Book Test
11. Kerosene
12. Burning Buildings

1. Yeah, You're Pretty But Do You Think You'll Really Get Away With It?
2. John Cougar Mellancamp Is The White Devil
3. Dude Status; Revoked
4. Today's Special: Still Beating Hearts
5. White People Are Stupid
6. Drowningman Dance Party, Bring Your Own Bodybag
7. "Dear God, Life Is Hell"
8. The Last Honest Man Sells Out
9. Major Disappointment Reporting For Duty
10. Luck, Love, Life Time Guarantees And Other Things Assholes Believe In

6. Loose Nut (Black Flag cover)

1. Navigating Grief And Loss In A Pre-Apocalyptic Landscape
2. It Will End In Cops

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