Drown The Witness, hailing from Orange County California, takes a mix of diverse rock styles, unites them and spews forth an eclectic style of heavy, yet forward moving energetic music. "Our mission is the redefining and revitalization of aggressive music" says Drown The Witness bassist Adam Ribota.
Citing influences as varied as heavy metal, punk, hardcore and even commercial jazz, Drown The Witness has become a shining star in the original rock music scene of southern California. Having recorded their first full-length release, "Town And Empire", Drown The Witness has embarked, taking their music to live audiences in 2011.
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Originally formed in 2006, singer Malachi Kies was the original bassist. After the frustration of finding a fitting vocalist, Kies was pressured to take over the lead vocal duties with resistance. "The other members in the band asked me to take over on vocals instead of bass. I didn't want to do it at all, but somehow they convinced me to have a little confidence in my abilities and do it" says Kies who studied music theory and ear training in college. As an accomplished guitarist, bassist, drummer, pianist and violinist, the Vancouver, WA native has settled in comfortably as the front man in Drown The Witness, having become solely responsible for all the lyrical content in "Town And Empire."
Co-founder Ryan Pohl also hails from Washington State, heading up guitar playing duties with fellow axe-slinger Chris Young. A self-taught recording engineer, Pohl engineered and produced the band’s latest release, "Town And Empire". Prior to the founding of the Drown The Witness, Pohl was guitarist and vocalist in several other bands, having contributed to five releases. A disciple of punk and metal music, he affirms that the band has had a variety of influences that drive them to progress "without restraining our own creativity by pigeonholing ourselves into a single genre." While being an accomplished musician and an able recording engineer, Pohl holds a degree in mechanical engineering and currently works by day at Fender Guitars.
Sharing the sonic guitar assault is touring road-dog Chris Young, who has performed in nearly every state in the US. Having moved after high school to California from Denver, Co., Young is a graduate of Musicians Institute with a certification in sound engineering. Like the other members of the band, Young has an extensive recording background; his fiery guitarmanship is featured on numerous released recordings. He landed in Drown The Witness in the fall of 2010, and describes the band as "hard workers and determined musicians. We take writing songs and being in this band very seriously." Pohl agrees, stating, "We take our musicianship and songwriting seriously, and always strive for a great live sound, as well as an engaging stage presence." As for the live aspect of the band, Young is quick to add, "Our stage show is something that no one should ever miss. We always bring a great energy and an entertaining night."
The backbone of the band is the rhythmic duo of Zach Feeney and Adam Ribota. Drummer Feeney is a 15 yr. veteran, and along with band mates Kies and Pohl, also rocked down south from the Vancouver area, relocating in southern California. A member of five other acts before Drown The Witness, Feeney also has several CD releases under his belt, and states, "I strive to be the best at what I do, and that dedication is brought within the music." The sole native Californian is bassist Adam Ribota, who was born and raised in Orange County. He is a true staple of the SoCal music scene. Having played with top tier musical acts, Ribota has experience in multiple genres, ranging from blues and jazz to full-on fist pumping metal. Ribota prides the band on its songwriting capabilities, saying, "Our songs speak to all different types of people. Our music entices, but does not alienate the average Musicer with over-complexity."
Drown The Witness is currently working tour dates in support of "Town And Empire"