THE DROWNING SEASON
Tomorrow's Gone EP
More than a decade ago, when the electronics threatened to take over the scene, four guys from Baltimore (Maryland) decided to bet on genuine gothic rock. When "Six Hollow Perfect Things" (their debut EP) was released, many of us noticed that they would be a benchmark to turn to in case of a glowstick invasion. The Drowning Season is one of those rare bands to which one establishes a special bond over the years. That strange connection among those who understands the tribal liturgy of dressing with long coats, pointed boots, leather pants and black hats.
Following the release of "Drum Machines and Amphetamines" (their latest album) in 2011, Chewka (guitars), Mike (guitars), James (bass) and Matt (vocals, programming) have taken the time to compose and ensure that the new material reflects the current band's status quo. As a result of the efforts made during that process Tomorrow's gone was out on January the 5th. The brand new EP consists in three songs proving that the old school guitar-oriented gothic rock remains firmly rooted in The Drowning Season besides the fact that the band has reached its full creative maturity.
Sideshow (their drum machine, a distant relative of SOM's Doktor Avalanche) and bass introduce the title track, recreating within the first seconds the progresive start of an old steam locomotive. When the rock train is at full speed, make their appearance the first solemn keyboard notes and the band's characteristic chords. When the drum beats burst the powerful guitars take over the track. Only Matt's torn voice (like a Hussey's demonic alter ego) escapes from the sound vortex. A classical machine drums line (in the SOM's way) sets the beginning of "Turn To Grey". This song is a more calm one, with lower tempo and further melodic elaboration. The track gradually incorporates all instrument parts. Guitar strings and piano notes goes in crescendo while surrounding the vocals, which are more clear and emotive this time. This is the repertoire's pearl in my opinion; a well-structured song with crafted string melodies. The next track is "Drum Machines And Amphetamines". It begins with no truce, played in a frenzied pace (which honors the title) with Gibson's strings fuming and eastern-inspired synths. It's a frantic end to a brief but also intense EP which left one eager for listening to more songs.
Thankfully, a fistful of bands like The Drowning Season remains unchangeable over time. Updating and improving their sound but also keeping intact the connection to the days of roses and vinyls. Back to the future in true gothic rock is possible.
Review by Billyphobia