INTRODUCING: Drown This City

Credit: Nathaniel Smith

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Melbourne’s Drown This City are back with their new EP, ‘Colours We Don’t Know’, that Alex Reade describes as the ultimate purge of darkness. The vocalist had this to say about the record:

“I think being in lockdown in Melbourne left us no choice but to face whatever we were running from, and that time drew every bit of honesty with myself out of me,” she says. “It was very confronting to feel such sadness in me again, but I worked through all of the disgust and shame I’d been suppressing, and we’ve written our saddest and bleakest songs to date because of it.”

We caught up with the band to talk about their origins and what the future holds.


Epic Metal/Metalcore

Melbourne, Australia

In Hearts Wake / Thy Art Is Murder / Northlane



DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Drown This City before?
Drown This City: It’s hard to explain what we sound like – if I had to combo any current bands I’d say a hot mix of elements from Northlane, Architects, Erra and even Spiritbox. We have two vocalists that cover both clean and heavy vocals with diverse techniques that aren’t normally covered in our genre and instrumentally we draw influence from so many different places that there’s something about us you can’t quite pinpoint to one genre. We are heavy though, so you’ll probably vibe us.

DP!: How did the band form?
Drown This City: I love this question because it makes me laugh, we were a group of friends who had all played in separate local heavy bands in Melbourne, Aus for years and we were sick of playing metal shows so we thought let’s make an electronic band. The original three of us came together and started to write electronic tracks, we hated it, and from there we just went straight back into writing post-hardcore and metalcore.

Electronic and synth sampling were huge at the time so we drew inspiration from that initially but a few years later here we are heavier than ever – so each time I remember that time we tried to quit metal to form an electronic trio – but ended up forming Drown This City. Once the heavy is in your blood you’re never done with it.

DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Drown This City: We’ve got this huge release coming with the ‘Colours We Won’t Know’ EP out 28 May, so that’ll keep us busy! We’ll be pushing that and getting out to play shows around Australia. An international tour was always our next goal and what we wanted to plan as a priority for Drown. COVID obviously had other plans for us so we had to adjust and we are just taking it one day at a time. All we can do is appreciate what we have here and to get out with Australian bands and keep the live scene alive in these tough times, but we’ll be forever dreaming of the day we get on a plane for our first international. Until then we’ll be here writing better music, playing bigger shows, grinding and grinding. Expect to see us online reaching a global audience as best we can.

DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Drown This City: At the moment I’m completely obsessed with: Gojira, Spiritbox, Erra and Loathe. There’s so much music out there though that I am trying to get my head around and it’s a beautiful thing for the music world. I’m the type of person who will listen to one song on repeat for days on end, so currently I’m cycling through Gojira’s new album ‘Fortitude’ and this is probably my 7th day in a row of listening to the track ‘Into the Storm’ on repeat.

DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Drown This City: So personally, for me as an artist I really aspire to the likes of Architects and more recently Spiritbox. Listening to these bands speak and how they conduct themselves creatively, I draw a lot of inspiration through the raw truth, authenticity and cohesion these bands achieve. Sam and Courtney are inspirational leaders, I want to say understated in a way, despite them both being forceful powerhouses – there’s something solid and unmoving in their conviction which wins me over. Architects and Spiritbox are top of the bucket list for Drown to play with. If I go back to my roots in music then it’s a shoutout to AFI and Alexisonfire for lighting that flame within that never went out. We’ve shared a festival line-up with Alexisonfire once at Unify Gathering in Victoria, Australia – I like to think that counts as playing a show together with one of my idols!

DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Drown This City: The standout moment in my career will definitely be when we release our upcoming EP Colours We Won’t Know. Although I’ve played incredible shows, festivals, toured Australia and ticked off many incredible creative goals – nothing beats the feeling of creating for the first time something musically you feel hits the mark. To sit with my 4 band-brothers and to hear what we have achieved, that means more than anything else that I’ve experienced. It’s cliché but it is true, the emotional and creative relationship between musicians is unmatched.

DP!: Where do you want to be a year from now?
Drown This City: I say this every time and I’m going to say this again, universe please have my back on this! A year from now I want to wake up in the back of a tour van with three other bands, somewhere across Europe, the UK, America, not even knowing the country we are in or what the time is, going show
for show every night – let’s go!

Drown This City‘s new EP, ‘Colours We Won’t Know’ is out now, via UNFD.

You can order the EP online from iTunes (here), and Amazon (here).

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.