Drowning Clowns sound ranges from slow dark Americana to upbeat indie electro-pop to epic rock landscapes. From haunting ballads to thunderous anthems, the band delivers a sense of controlled chaos in their music creating a powerful musical presence on stage and in the studio.
For many years, producer Mike Speranzo has been meticulously crafting the music of Drowning Clowns and has slowly groomed the music into a dynamic and elaborately orchestrated catharsis. What started as the musical haven of one man has evolved into a striking and diverse collaboration of some of Pittsburgh, PA’s most prominent musicians.
Drowning Clowns are working on a new release to follow up their debut album “All That’s Covered Over” which garnered critical acclaim and a devout following. This is in between the hectic schedules of Liz Berlin and Mike Speranzo; she, touring with multi-platinum recording group Rusted Root, and he, operating their hugely successful concert venue, Mr. Smalls Theatre and non-profit Creative.Life.Support. Their nephew, Evan Smith (pro skateboarder for Element/ DC/ Independent) joins them on guitar and vocals in between his world skateboarding travels.
Drowning Clowns’ members are all veterans to the music scene, including: Frank Spadafora, a stunningly talented songwriter and vocalist who has been playing in bands with Mike since college (in the critically acclaimed bands Crisis Car and Out Of The Blue), Shaggy Marcello on drums (The Distractions, Isabella, Love’s Gun Shop) and Jesse Prentiss on bass (Ritual Space Travel Agency) to solidify the Drowning Clowns as an incredibly riveting live experience.
This self-proclaimed “psychedelic rock orchestra” is fast becoming a regional draw & gaining international attention, having had their music featured in numerous skateboard videos by Evan Smith and other skate pros. To date cumulative hits total over 1,000,000 hits on youtube alone.