With new bassist/vocalist Toby Thomas in tow, Drown This City have returned with ‘Colours We Won’t Know’. The band’s heaviest release thus far, and also their most personal, Drown This City deliver a short yet sharp collection of tracks that usher in the next chapter.
Taking a slow burn approach with ‘Gemini’, clean finger-picked guitars compliment the intimate vocal delivery of Alex Reade before the Thomas‘ growls drag the song into a heavier direction. Complimenting one another, Reade and Thomas drive the track to a brief but effective conclusion.
Hitting full stride on ‘Time Won’t Remember Us’, winding melodies, punishing riffs, and hammering drums set a crushing backdrop for the dynamic vocal performances on display. Moving between soaring choruses, gripping verses and juddering breakdowns, the track employs a variety of tricks to keep the momentum going.
With the likes of ‘Carbon14’ and ‘Borderline Existence’ delivering a combination of throat shredding roars, ethereal vocals, sludge led breakdowns, and twisting melodies, we see how diverse this EP is. Whether it’s the lunging bridge of the former or the delicate chorus of the latter, Drown This City take a restless approach to writing, ensuring that there’s little room for dead space.
Closing with the anthemic ‘New Burn Order’, ‘Colours We Won’t Know’ sees Drown This City ready to crossover to a larger audience. With what’s on display here, it shouldn’t be too long before that happens.