They Won't Win is excited to announce the release of its first full-length album written by singer-songwriters Danny M. Cohen and Greg Lanier, featuring 'War,' 'Never,' 'If the World Were Mine,' and the title track, 'Lost At Sea.'

They Won’t Win are:
Danny M. Cohen, vocals
Greg Lanier, vocals and acoustic guitar


Ben Walter, piano and keyboards

Chai Wolfman, cello

Matt Carroll, drums
Anton Hatwich, bass guitar
Packy Lundholm, guitars

Patrick Lyons, guitars

James Ross, bass guitar

Ashley Simon, drums

Lost At Sea was:
Written by Danny M. Cohen and Greg Lanier
Produced by Julian Stacey and They Won’t Win
Engineered and mixed by Julian Stacey and Doug McBride
Mastered by Doug McBride
Recorded at Gravity Studios, Chicago


Album design and photography: Greg Lanier

© 2019 Cohen & Lanier, All rights reserved.

Lost At Sea is available wherever you buy or listen to music...

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Singer-songwriters Danny M. Cohen and Greg Lanier were friends for just a few days before they realized they each made music. One night in the basement, Greg picked up his guitar and played Crowded House’s 'Fall At Your Feet.' Danny came in with harmonies and Greg stopped playing as they realized there was something special happening in the way their voices locked. They swore on the spot to bring some music into the world together. And so, the Chicago-based folk-rock duo They Won’t Win was born. (Their name is a nod to a Crowded House lyric.)

A series of original songs followed, inspired by their vastly different backgrounds and stories—Danny hails from London and Greg from America’s south and heartland—combined with their similar experiences as gay men. Each happens to be partnered and each happens to parent a mature-for-her-years daughter.  

Hearing their songs, it becomes clear that They Won’t Win has a deep love for meaningful lyrics, intricate harmonies, and beautiful soaring pop and folk melodies. So, it comes as no surprise that some of their inspirations include Simon and Garfunkel, Travis, Patty Griffin, Coldplay, Indigo Girls, Glen Hansard, Everything But The Girl, U2, Billy Bragg, Kings of Convenience, Damien Rice, José Gonzalez, and Aimee Mann.

After a few years of songwriting interspersed with open mics and benefit performances, Danny penning a novel and founding a human rights nonprofit, Greg opening a neighborhood men’s shop with his partner, and the obligations of dadhood and day jobs, They Won’t Win has finalized its first album of original music titled Lost At Sea. What began as a series of acoustic “coffee shop” tunes grew into a collection of fully realized songs created with Gravity Studio’s Julian Stacey, and featuring keyboardist Ben Walter, cellist Chai Wolfman, and a close-knit group of musicians and collaborators from Chicago and Nashville. The songs themselves draw deeply on Danny's and Greg’s real and wide-ranging lives—they are both in their forties—to explore love and loss, heartache and gratefulness, friendship and loneliness, and failure and triumph in the face of abuse, depression, and the challenges of navigating the modern world with your head held high. Ultimately, Lost At Sea is an album about hope, worthwhile journeys, and the epicness of second chances.



THEY WON'T WIN w/ Ben Walter and Trae Sheehan

- OCTOBER 5, 2019 - 
7 - 9 PM


This will be the first full live performance of They Won't Win's new album, Lost At Sea.  We'll be joined by cellist Chai Wolfman and keyboardist Ben Walter. Ben will also perform an opening set of his original tunes and the show will also feature the ridiculously talented Trae Sheehan.


Chicago Music Guide

- AUGUST 2, 2019 -

9 - 11 PM

HI Hostel Chicago

Chicago Music Guide presents the Third Annual Lollapalooza Acoustic After Party with They Won't Win, Phil Circle, Nicole Amine, AND a special mystery Lollapalooza Guest Artist! (To be announced!)


- JULY 27, 2019 -

Danny was invited to write for this awesome blog that explores the behind the scenes of music. In his post, Danny delivers a "Director's Cut" on each song on Lost At Sea


Eager to Know Podcast

- JULY 15, 2019 -

In this podcast that explores creativity and the creative process, artist Ricky McEachern interviews They Won't Win about their new album, Lost At Sea. Includes a deep dive on how the album came to life

'THEY WON'T WIN or will they?'

Windy City Times

- JULY 1, 2019 -

The Chicago-based duo have just released new music with their first album, Lost At Sea. The full length studio album combines folk with rock and covers topics such as domestic violence, mental health and the LGBT community...



Greg Lanier


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