A GoPride Interview


Drowners make a splash

Sun. November 27, 2016  by Jerry Nunn

It is just Drowners, one word, two syllables.


photo credit // jerry nunn

The band Drowners talk new music

The band Drowners are making a big splash these days. The group consists of Matthew Hitt, Jack Ridley III, Erik Lee Snyder, and Daniel Jacobs. 

Their second album On Desire was released this year, leading them to worldwide tours and Lollapalooza in Chicago. 

Catch the wave as we learn a little more about Drowners. 

JN: (Jerry Nunn) So is the band’s name Drowners or The Drowners?

MH: (Matthew Hitt) It is just Drowners, one word, two syllables. 

JN: The band is Welsh?

MH: I’m Welsh but I moved to New York and met these guys who live there. We all live in New York. 

JN: Have you been to Chicago often?

MH: We have. We played here half a dozen times. We played Lollapalooza three years ago. This is our second time playing it. 

JN: You have a bigger stage this time?

MH: It is a more enthusiastic audience. I think we were the first band on the first day last time we played here. 

JN: How long has the band been together?

MH: We formed in 2012. It has just been over three years. I can’t do math so maybe four years. 

JN: Have you been touring constantly?

MH: Yes. We toured a bunch in America. We have been to Europe, and Brazil. We have bopped around. 

JN: Where did the name of the group come from?

MH: Drowning our sorrows. 

JN: Do you drink a lot?

MH: Is there any other way?

JN: I saw skateboarders in a music video. 

MH: Jack skateboards, Erik dabbles. 

JN: What do you think of electronic skateboards?

JR: (Jack Ridley III) It is a step back. Back to the Future felt like we were going forward but this is a step back. 

JN: You are on your second album, talk about that. 

MH: It is called On Desire and it is better than our first one. You should absolutely buy it. 

JR: People should listen to it and come watch us play.



Interviewed by Jerry Nunn. Jerry Nunn is a contributing writer to the GoPride Network. His work is also featured in Windy City Times, Nightspots Magazine and syndicated nationally.