Drew Danburry
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Drew Danburry

Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Besides...Album Review"

Drew Danburry was nice enough to send me his CD. I was happy to have someone wanting to send me things. It’s nice to open up your mailbox and find a package addressed to you. It’s an even more pleasant experience when your package contains Besides (if you expect me to type out that title again, you’re raving mad). What’s so special about Besides? It’s hard to place a finger on one aspect of Drew Danburry’s latest effort. It could be occasional classic Casio drums, the playful jubilance of Danburry’s voice, and the uncanny ability to make Besides into one long-running, smooth sailing disc. The flow is impeccable, and before you realize it the fantasy island getaway has finished as quickly as it started.

But you probably want to hear about the songs, don’t you? You and your demands. The eerie rise and fall of theremin intermingling with the plucky piano of "It Starts With Indigo, Orange, and Green," blending into its fraternal twin "It Ends With Red, Violet, and Orange," provides the biggest summary one could give about the song structure and influence of Danburry. His melodies are playful and breezy much like the peak of Ben Folds, while his lyrics are honest, thoughtful, and yet funny like those of Wayne Cohen or a sober Robert Pollard (or, to beat a dead horse, Ben Folds). What you won’t find on Besides is the reliance on tired pop clichés (it seems Danburry heeded his own warning during "Know Your History Before You Become Part of the Repetition"). Danburry is wise enough to stay away from the hackneyed and focus on his own wit. The album doesn’t take too many musical chances because it doesn’t need to.

Don’t be fooled: Drew Danburry hasn’t written another throwaway pop album. In fact, he may be a torchbearer for a new era of fun pop that isn’t full of bad sentiment and choreographed dancing. It’s not very often that a theremin makes a pop song, and it’s more rare that someone can take traditional pop music and turn it upside down. Besides can be a bit too quirky for its own good, but it’s also that quirkiness that causes otherwise maligned songs to become enjoyable melodies destined for repeat listens.
- Tiny Mix Tapes

"Mother EP Review"


Really, this deserves a full review rather than the condensed version. But, thankfully, Drew Danburry will be releasing a new full-length in the early part of this year. Rest assured I will leave no stone unturned when that day comes.

If you don’t know him yet, well, I’m sorry. Danburry is as independent as they come and his pop is as thoughtful as it comes. By touring constantly and honing what seems like an endless number of skills over the past few years, Mr. Danburry has set himself up for one heck of a year. If Mother is any indication, you will be sick and tired of seeing me recommend and gab about this fellow throughout the year. Think of this review as sneaking glances out the window while your daddy hides all the Easter eggs. You might not know what’s inside yet, but you know exactly where to look.

How Is It?

Mother begins with WHISTLES and the phrase, “Short / Long / This is how we start the song.” How frivolous! But don’t expect mindless, acoustic folk-pop. Danburry might employ horns, banjos, pianos and off-kilter backing vocals (think if The Format locked themselves in a barn), but he also has self-aware, meaningful lyrics to boot. “Untitled 1” finds Danburry sounding exhausted and thought provoking. He’s in an obvious state of disarray and his vocals mimic this with scratchiness and audible pain. “Mother Is A Song By Danzig Not By Me” deviates with blippy electronics and some breathy flute playing. Danburry channels his inner Tim Kasher and says (right before another bout of whistling), “I’m trying so hard to just stay happy / Sorry if I’m not doing the best I can.” A hodge podge chorus materializes behind him, and we can literally hear Danburry’s friends supporting him and lifting him up. The sound of camaraderie is one of the most pure and beautiful things our ears can perceive. Listening to this song reminds me we are never truly alone, and for that I am grateful to Mr. Danburry. Before I get any more emotional (read: depressing), I better end this. However, there’s no doubt in my mind more brilliance is on its way.
- Absolute Punk


2004 - An Introduction to Sex Rock
2005 - Besides, Are We Playing Around Out Here Or Do We Mean What We Say?
2006 - Live in Baltimore EP (unavailable online)
2007 - Live in France
2008 - Mother EP
2008 - This Could Mean Trouble, You Don't Speak For The Club



Drew Danburry is a musician who has toured independently and released records independently for approximately five years or so. He can’t remember all the specifics of his wack life; otherwise we’d know all the embarrassing details. We know that he grew up in Southern California and in high school he
released a cassette tape of Eazy-E inspired gangster rap tunes recorded with keyboard and an organ. He was notoriously known as White Chocolate and his cassette release of “4-eva” still remains to be found along with many of his many other freestyling sessions and mix tapes that at some point unabash-
edly circled the underground hip hop scene like wildfire. Drew maintains that they were not good, or even laughable.

Since those hazy days of his youth, Drew has relocated to Utah and pumped out jams with friends under bands of various names, including the The Danburrys, who recorded together but disbanded before they could go out on tour. So Drew did it
on his own. While selling homemade copies of his first album “An Introduction To Sex Rock” he began touring with just his guitar in a little red car. In 2005 he re-released his first album “An Introduction To Sex Rock” and a second album “Besides: Are We Just
Playing Around Out Here Or Do We Mean What We Say?” and began touring nationally with bands like Lydia, The Robot Ate Me and Aubrey Debauchery.

2006 brought about a did a seven-month long national tour trying to play anywhere and everywhere people would let him. There were short stints with Harry and the Potters, Aubrey Debauchery, TaughtMe, and Seve vs. Evan and this experience
allowed Drew to book a European tour, which also lead to his 2007 release, Drew Danburry/Fatal Fury and the Lasercats “Live In France!” recorded at two separate shows while he was overseas. In July 2007 Drew marked his 500th show at Kilby Court in Salt Lake City since his tour kickoff there in February 2005, and decided to take a break.

But not for long.

2008 has marked the release of the Mother EP, a resurgence in his touring schedule, and his recent release of the full length, “This Could Mean Trouble, You Don’t Speak for the Club” on Emergency Umbrella Records.

With wit, wonderously catch hits, and a beard that reflects the length of time he’s been on the road, it’s about time to see what Drew Danburry is all about.


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