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Hailing from the frigid tundra's of Vancouver, Washington, Drown The Witness was birthed in August of 2006. What was once thought to be a small project in its beginnings, soon turned into a life changing obsession of passion and determination. Despite the inevitable hardships all bands face including lineup changes and disagreements, three founding members Malachi Kies (vocals), Ryan Pohl (lead guitar), and Zach Feeney (drums) made the choice of taking a positive direction for the future of the band, packing up their sticks and strings, Drown The Witness made their way to their current location of Orange County, Southern California in 2009.
Not long after this relocation, in 2010, with inexplicable timing and the help of "online message boards", Malachi, Zach, and Ryan soon met the next piece of the puzzle, this inclusion would prove to be a promising step in the right direction for the bands future. Initiating Colorado native Chris Young, as the bands newest guitarist would soon affirm to be a beneficial addition to the group not just musically. Mere months later, Chris introduced potential bassist Adam Ribota to the group, a meeting that would complete the alliance of Drown The Witness.
Wasting no time and putting in the long hours, Drown The Witness has made their mark on the Southern California local music scene. With a continuously growing and impressive resume of bands they have shared the stage with, including, Sic Waiting, I, Omega, Lowbrow, and the Implants (featuring members of Strung Out, Pulley, Ten Foot Pool, The Tank, & Death By Stereo) to name a few. Drown The Witness has also recently released their first full length album titled, "Town and Empire," which is available on iTunes and CD.
2013 is already gearing up to be a productive year for the band with a plentiful amount of new songs in the works, fans can expect a second full length album by the Summer season. In support of "Town and Empire" and new compositions Drown The Witness are currently planning a Mid West/ West Coast Spring 2013 tour.
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 listener with over-complexity."
Drown The Witness is currently working tour dates in support of "Town And Empire