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Breathes Music To Survive

The Drowning Men
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The cover of The Drowning Men's new album, All Of The Unknown.
The Oceanside, Calif., Indie-Rock Quartet Is Coming Back To The Valley For A Show Friday At The Crescent Ballroom And Remain Focused Upon The Music

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By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Oct. 9, 2012 — The Drowning Men aren’t having much problem staying afloat according to lead singer Nato Bardeen, as he and the band began a two-day drive from Pomona Calif, to Seattle Wash. On their tour promoting their newest album All of the Unknown.

“I believe it (the album) is doing well, I try not to think about that stuff too much,” said Bardeen. “We write good music and perform it well.”
   
One of the albums most powerful songs, “Questioning” (Big Ole Sham), “started with just a guitar riff, and I liked it and I started humming a melody,” said Bardeen.

The album has a lot to offer with multiple harmonies, and solid storytelling within the lyrics.
  
“We like to write music, and that’s all we care about. That’s what we want to do and that’s it. I guess you could say we are stubborn that way,” said Bardeen.
   
Enjoying what they do doesn’t make it easy for the Oceanside, Calif., based quintet.
   
“It took awhile to figure it out, and things got kind of chaotic. I had no clue what I wanted to sing about and it was frustrating, so I just told a story,” said Bardeen.
   
Bardeen and his bandmates, James Smith, Todd Eisenkerch, Rory Dolan, and Gabelani Messer released their sophomore album on July 17, with their record label Borstal Beats.

The label allowed the band to record more than when they were unsigned. But their bread and butter is still heading out on the road touring.

“The last two years we have been touring for a year,” said Bardeen.
   
The indie rock quintet will be bringing their unique sound to downtown Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom located at 308 N. Second Ave., on Oct. 12.
   
The Drowning Men are no strangers to the Valley. They opened for Flogging Molly at Tempe Beach Park the last two St. Patrick’s days, and also a owe a bit of their success to the Irish punks, and more specifically accordionist Matt Hensley.
   
Hensley first heard The Drowning Men playing at his club The Flying Elephant in Carlsbad, Calif., and asked them to join Flogging Molly on their annual National “Green 17” tour in 2011.
   
The Drowning Men opened for Flogging Molly and Moneybrother in Phoenix in 2011, and then in 2012 it was Molly, as well as Suedehead and Phoenix local legends Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers.
   
The Drowning Men also joined Flogging Molly in a supporting role on two smaller tours throughout their relationship.
   
More than the touring though, Hensley also facilitated The Drowning Men being signed to Flogging Molly’s record label Borstal Beats.
   
The Drowning Men have also come through Phoenix on their own headlining smaller clubs like The Rhythm Room, “we love that place,” said Bardeen.

Jeff Moses is a freelance writer and photographer from Teaneck, N.J. and is currently living in Mesa, Ariz. He has been published in The Mesa Legend, OccupyUprising.org and The Highway Herald. Contact him by calling 727-385-0624.
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