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The Drowning Men will be hitting the road next month, bringing their anthemic indie rock on a 23-date North American tour supporting previous tour mates the Airborne Toxic Event, plus some headlining shows along the way (dates below).

They'll hit San Diego on October 22 at the Soda Bar, alongside A Scribe Amidst the Lions and the Tall Ships..

The Oceanside band is touring in support of its debut full-length, Beheading of the Song Bird, which was originally self-released in 2009, but will receive its first proper release to retail October 25 on Flogging Molly's L.A.-based Borstal Beat Records.

The full-length blends folk and roots Americana with sing-along sea shanties and pirate chants, with side forays into Eastern European ethnic folk delivered with the rhythmic complexity of a Brecht-Weill opera.


The Drowning Men are Nathan "Nato" Bardeen, James Smith, Todd Eisenkerch, Gabriel Messer, and Rory Dolan, five longtime San Diego friends who have grown up together and been in various bands with and without each other over the past 15 years, from fast punk to traditional Irish folk bands.

Their multi-instrumental, richly layered, sonic sound is evident on their self-released EP, Kill the Matador which features acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, drums, synthesizer, mandolin, bouzouki, and fiddle.

“I love theatrical melodies and swells, and the purity of folk music from around the world”, explains Nato, the band’s main lyricist and songwriter, whose personal influences include Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and the bleak poetry of Nick Cave, whose novel And the Ass Saw the Angel inspired the band’s name.


Tour Dates:

Oct. 4 - Fullerton, CA - The Slidebar Cafe

Oct. 5 - Fresno, CA - Audie's Olympic

Oct. 6 - Bakersfield, CA - B Ryder's

Oct. 7 - Sparks, NV - The Alley

Oct. 9 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore Auditorium*

Oct. 10 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre*

Oct. 12 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live*

Oct. 13 - Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall*

Oct. 14 - New Orleans, LA - The Howlin' Wolf*

Oct. 15 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar

Oct. 18, 21 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*

Oct. 22 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar

Nov. 9 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre*

Nov. 10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*

Nov. 11 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club*

Nov. 12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue*

Nov. 13 -Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall*

Nov. 15 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*

Nov. 17 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live*

Nov. 18 - New York, NY - Terminal 5*

Nov. 19 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre*

Nov. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - The Electric Factory*

Nov. 22 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club*

Nov. 23 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte*

Nov. 26 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern

Nov. 27 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre*

Nov. 29 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Theatre *

Nov. 30 - Orlando, FL - Beacham Theatre*

Dec. 6 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre*

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