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Front Row: Jesse Prentis (Bass), Mike Speranzo (Production, Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Keys, Bass), Liz Berlin (Vocals, Guitar, Keys), Mike Hammer (Keys, Piano, Vocals), Frank Spadafora (Vocals, Guitar, Organ)
Back Row: Frank “Shaggy” Marcello (Drums), Dirk Miller (Lead Guitar), Evan Smith (Guitar, Percussion, Vocals)

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Drowning Clowns

What started as the musical haven of one man has evolved into a stunning & diverse collaboration of several prominent Pittsburgh musicians. Over ten years Mike Speranzo (production, lead vocals, guitar, banjo, keys, bass) has slowly groomed the Drowning Clowns debut album “All That’s Covered Over” into an elaborately orchestrated musical catharsis with his wife Liz Berlin on lead vocals, guitar & keys (of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root), Frank Spadafora on lead vocals, guitar & organ (Crisis Car, Out Of The Blue), Evan Smith on vocals & guitar (Pro Skater for DC/ Element/ Independent), Dirk Miller on lead guitar (The Speeds, Rusted Root), Mike Hammer on keys (InSpiral), Jesse Prentis on bass (Ritual Space Travel Agency), and Shaggy Marcello on drums (The Distractions).

Described as a psychedelic rock orchestra, Drowning Clowns music ranges from slow dark Americana to upbeat indie electro-pop to epic rock landscapes. From haunting ballads such as “Broken Down” and “One Request” to the thunderous anthems “Deep Blue Sea” and “Too Many,” “All That’s Covered Over” delivers a sense of controlled chaos that can only stem from the collaboration of musicians with such diverse styles and long standing experience.

Drowning Clowns has produced an album that delivers a universal message of adaptation and evolution. It is an artistic representation of the struggles, growth, challenges and successes of creating a life, developing a business and starting a family while being entrenched in the fast-paced music industry. Drowning Clowns' debut album “All That’s Covered Over” is a labor of love from a collective of Pittsburgh’s most gifted musicians.

Drowning Clowns is fast becoming a regional draw and gaining international attention, having had their music featured in numerous skateboard videos by Evan Smith and others. To date cumulative hits total over 1,000,000 views on youtube alone.

What the press has to say:
“Drowning Clowns Ready to Showcase its Decade-Making Music... Part of the appeal is the freshness of the material. It’s not purely rock, not purely anything... The sound that emerges from Speranzo’s creation doesn’t fall into any single genre. It’s as if Peter Gabriel enlisted David Byrne and Kate Bush on a recording project, with Brian Eno working the soundboard… the Drowning Clowns actually create musical landscapes that are serenely intricate”
-Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, January 22, 2012

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We Heart Music April 2014 (link)

Post Gazette March 2014 (link)

DROWNING CLOWNS NEW ALBUM, "ALL THAT'S COVERED OVER" TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 5th by CREATIVE LIFE SUPPORT RECORDS

FEATURING PRO-SKATEBOARDER EVAN SMITH AND RUSTED ROOT’S LIZ BERLIN

January 21, 2014 (Brooklyn, NY)
Drowning Clowns is fast becoming a regional draw and gaining international attention, having had their music featured in numerous skateboard videos by band member and pro skater, Evan Smith(DC/ELEMENT/INDEPENDENT). The band also boasts Liz Berlin of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root, on lead vocals, guitar & keys. To date, cumulative hits total over 1,000,000 views on youtube alone.

Over ten years, Mike Speranzo (production, lead vocals, guitar, banjo, keys, bass) has slowly groomed the Drowning Clowns debut album “All That’s Covered Over” into an elaborately orchestrated musical catharsis. Together with his wife, Liz Berlin, Speranzo has turned what began as his own musical haven into an impressive & diverse collaboration of several prominent Pittsburgh musicians – including: Frank Spadafora on lead vocals, guitar & organ (Crisis Car, Out Of The Blue), Evan Smith on vocals & guitar (Pro Skater for DC/ Element/ Independent), Dirk Miller on lead guitar (The Speeds, Rusted Root), Mike Hammer on keys (InSpiral), Jesse Prentis on bass (Ritual Space Travel Agency), and Shaggy Marcello on drums (The Distractions)

Described as psychedelic rock opera, Drowning Clowns’ music is a cataclysmic mix of Indie Rock, Americana, and Electro-Pop for fan’s of Radiohead, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, Bright Eyes, Jane’s Addiction, Fleet Foxes, Genesis, and the Postal Service . From haunting ballads such as “One Request” to the thunderous anthem “Deep Blue Sea,” “All That’s Covered Over” delivers a sense of controlled chaos that can only stem from such a diverse and inspired collaboration.

“Part of the appeal is the freshness of the material. It's not purely rock, not purely anything. While the raft of musicians might seem to imply a noisy product, the Drowning Clowns actually create musical landscapes that are serenely intricate.”-Rege Behe, The Pittsburg Tribune Review

Drowning Clowns founder and visionary, Mike Speranzo says: “I reached an artistic nexus, and I wanted to prove that I could still create ...Passion projects are important in life for anybody, but maybe even more important for creative, restless people. The Clowns project is taking everything I’ve learned about playing and creating music and applying it. It’s more mature than anything I’ve been involved in with because of that.”

Drowning Clowns have produced an album that delivers a universal message of adaptation and evolution through musical convergence. Their debut album, “All That’s Covered Over,” is a labor of love from a collective of Pittsburgh’s most gifted musicians.

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