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DRAHLA – ” Godstar “

Posted: September 29, 2019 in MUSIC
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We’re big fans of Drahla’s queasy, hypnotic psych rock and their choice to cover Psychic TV’s 1985 gem Godstar seems like a match made in musical heaven.

Leeds trio Drahla take on Psychic TV ‘s ‘Godstar’, a track which pays homage to Rolling Stone Brian Jones whilst hinting his death may not have been quite as accidental as first appeared. Psychic TV was formed by Genesis P. Orridge from the ashes of Throbbing Gristle and Godstar was their only hit from their most commercially successful album Allegory and Self. Of course, P. Orridge was never one for conventional thinking, was convinced that the track should have been a much bigger hit, and rather than accepting that chart position was based on other peoples poor taste and electing to buy more copies of other records he alleged there was a conspiracy. Namely that the BBC had been coerced by the Rolling Stones management not to play the track.

Psychic TV’s more ‘tune based’ approach after some to their more impenetrable experimental music was surprising given that Throbbing Gristle’s ethos had always seemed to be all about deconstructing and annihilating rock n roll, using ear bleeding, aural and visual art terrorism rather than feeding into the mythology. Instead, they often produced sounds devoid of melody, or anything resembling a tune.

A homage to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, I remember buying the original 7″ in Woolworths, and playing it on repeat.

A homage to Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, I remember buying the original 7″ in Woolworths, and playing it on repeat. Times change, but this version more than does justice to the original. Available thru Captured Tracks Released on: 18th September 2019.

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The second single from Drahla’s debut album, ‘Useless Coordinates’, out May 3, 2019. Drahla have already answered all the boring questions. In the video for their prickly single “Stimulus for Living” the droll Leeds punks elucidated the whens and the whys and the particulars of their formation and their motivation as a band. Sort of. Fuzzy tape rolls as a droll voice intones a series of questions (“How did the band form?”; “Drahla, what does it mean?”) and the band answer in cryptic abstractions (“In holy matrimony”; “It’s just letters from the alphabet”). This goes on a little over a minute; throughout the bit, their intentions remain opaque.

“The interview at the start of the video asks standardized questions, that have the same copy and paste answers every time,” says singer/guitarist Luciel Brown. “There’s far more interesting things to explore. Within the lyrics, the same [idea] has been applied to the everyday [observations] and points of interest that have stood out to me in regular situations, highlighting that there’s interest everywhere, you know, there is a stimulus.”

This mentality is part of what’s made them work as a band over the last couple of years. They work in a pretty traditional format—guitar, bass, and drums—but they’re able to wring a little more out of it because of their insistence on digging deeper. Browns riffs are abstract and pointillist, like something you might expect from the great grayscale post-punk records of the late 70s, or no wave’s idiosyncratic squalls. The muscular monochromes of Rob Riggs’ bass work are unpredictable and elastic. Mike Ainsley’s geometric drum work is reliable, but reactive, pushing the other players into woolier territory. They’re able to take familiar parts but push at their edges. It’s all part of trying to find access magnificent in the mundane.

“Pyramid Estate” Released by: Captured Tracks Single release date: 9 April, 2019

We’re excited to share our new single Twelve Divisions Of The Day – our first release via Captured Tracks. Blending wiry, dark post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the 2017 Third Article EP. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, with the band being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, METZ, Ought, Buzzcocks, Hookworms, The Cribs and more. Their Third Article EP, produced by Hookworms’ MJ, was released at the end of 2017 on the band’s own Blank Ad label followed by their first European tour supporting Metz. Third Article finds the band at their most captivating, with track ‘Silk Spirit’ exhibiting Luciel’s mesmerizing spoken drawl, paired with the steady unrelenting wall of sound from Rob Riggs on bass, and Mike Ainsley on drums.

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After watching the band’s self-made video for ‘Silk Spirit’, Mike Sniper, founder of Brooklyn independent label Captured Tracks, was immediately hooked. The band signed to Captured Tracks shortly after.

The single will be released on limited clear 7” vinyl with an alternative mix by Black Ribbon and a fanzine on 20th July. This is a super limited 7″ on clear vinyl. It includes a 32 page fanzine made by Luciel Brown and Rob Riggs of Drahla.

Their tour begins on Saturday in Wakefield. We hope to see you at the shows.

Wakefield’s musical history might be inextricably tied to a certain three Jarmans, but over the past year or so, a new page has started to be written in the still-sparse book of the city’s guitar bands.

Holed away in an uncharacteristically grand old Georgian house-cum-venue-cum-practice space on “one of about two nice streets in the whole city”, Drahla have been honing their dark, intense take on indie-punk. Through debut single ‘Faux Text’ to the supremely exciting ‘Fictional Decision’ and new EP ‘Third Article’, they’ve strode out as one of the country’s most exciting and uncompromising new bands.

Drahla began when bassist Luciel Brown and guitarist Rob Riggs hit a dead end of making music in their bedroom in South London’s Crystal Palace and moved back up north to reconnect with old friend Mike Ainsley (drums) and create a new base in Leeds and Wakefield.

“It got to a point [with the bedroom project] where we thought ‘where do we go with it now?’,” Rob offers, hunched away in a corner of London’s Old Blue Last, a few hours before starting their year at the first show of 2018. “We were under a lot of limitations. We made the quick decision to move back up to Leeds and got back in touch with Mike, and had a practice the week after. There’s so much more freedom out of the spotlight.”

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Luciel agrees that a lot of the drive for Drahla’s early material came from a feeling of lost time, and not being able to achieve what they were capable of in the capital, and there’s an untameable urgency to the band’s output, all set behind the bassist/singer’s unorthodox but captivating vocals. Spitting out line after line and twisting words and syllables in each and every direction like they’re play-doh, it’s teamed perfectly with razor sharp guitar and Mike’s thundering power behind the kit.

It made perfect sense, then, for the band’s first tour to be alongside Sub Pop thrashers METZ. “For our first ever tour, to be able to go out and play in France and Spain and beyond, and with such a good band, was completely wild,” Rob reflects, and playing every night for multiple weeks has made the trio an impeccably tight, spiky live band – a few technical hitches derail the first song of tonight’s set, but they’re already a resilient bunch, and hammer through the rest of their half-hour with fervour and power.

As with so many DIY punk bands across the country, the band went to the scene’s go-to producer, MJ of Hookworms, at Suburban Home in Leeds, to mould their sound. “We can’t overstate how much of a help he’s been,” Luciel begins, before Mike admits that the band probably wouldn’t be where they are now, and looking forward with such confidence, if it weren’t for the help the producer has poured into the early stages of the band. “He totally gets us.”

‘Third Article’, released back in November, is a natural and satisfying progression for the trio, with lead track ‘Form of Luxury’ using restraint as its main weapon: Luciel’s vocals make far more noise in her spoken drawl than an untamed scream would. It also means no lyric is lost in the mix or misheard.

As if some sort of dream, the band’s next tour – which comes in between a series of studio sessions with MJ, working towards a one-off single and then, eventually, the band’s debut full-length – is alongside Montreal punks Ought, who just happen to be Luciel’s favourite band.

“It feels like a massive deal,” she says of the upcoming April run. “There’s a lot more pressure on this one [than the METZ tour] I feel. That one was mostly excitement, but we’re so influenced [by Ought] that the fact they’ve asked us to play is amazing and terrifying.”

Already slotting in perfectly alongside some of the biggest players in the punk game, Drahla are quickly becoming your favourite band’s favourite band, and with ideas coming thick and fast for the follow-up to ‘Third Article’, and a live show that’s fast becoming unstoppable, they’ll be yours before long too.

Drahla’s new EP ‘Third Article’ is out now via Blank Ad.

Drahla are a trio from Leeds/wakefield. Their songs exude a stripped back post punk menace & combine sparse arrangements, pounding drums & the biting chants of Luciel Brown & Rob Riggs. Songs such as Fictional Decision (released March 17th 2017 on German label – A Turntable Friend) have brought comparisons to Parquet Courts & Life without buildings. With notable supports of Buzzcocks, Menace Beach, Amber Arcades, Lion Limb & Dream Wife under there belts 2018 is set to be an exciting year for the band.

Recorded February 4/5th at Suburban Home w/ MJ.
Mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright.
Released physically on 7″ April 28th 2017 with Too Pure Singles Club (limited run of 500).

Filmed & edited by Drahla Set design by Drahla With special thanks to Nat & Robin for their studio. Faux Text is out now on 7″ single, digital download and via all streaming services.

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Drahla’s new EP, “Third Article”, coming out at the back end of November, Recorded with Hookworm’s MJ, “Third Article” showcased why this Leeds-based trio are so hotly tipped, and why excellent Canadian racket makers Metz took them along on a European tour.

The lushly-produced EP showcased the band’s gentle evolution into a unique and formidable act, mixing the no-wave energy of post-punk with the creativity and angularity of art-rock. Opening track, Form Of Luxury, is one of the year’s great statement of intents; squalling, swirling guitar lines joined by crisp drum battering and languid bass, before Lucile Brown’s anxious, spirited vocal enters, and blows the whole thing apart. Elsewhere, Silk Spirit fused gritty swagger with wonderfully jagged guitar noise, while New Living Creation adds some bonkers saxophone to the mix and comes out reminding us just how exciting Your Code Name Is: Milo sounded when they first burst onto the scene. Bristling with energy and ideas, Third Article shows Drahla to be one of the most ambitious and intriguing newcomers of 2017: utterly thrilling.

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All tracks written and performed by Luciel Brown, Rob Riggs and Mike Ainsley.
Saxophone written and performed by Christopher Duffin.
Additional guitar on Circuit by Mr J.
Recorded by Matthew Johnson at Suburban Home Studios, Leeds, July 2017.

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DRAHLA – ” Form Of Luxury “

Posted: November 10, 2017 in MUSIC
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Leeds punks Drahla have smashed us across the face with their new single ‘Form of Luxury’ a massive, bruising new track taken form their debut EP Third Article.

The EP is produced by Hookworms’ MJ and is destined to be a go-to for any punk DJ – do they still exist? A pounding and destructive piece it fills the airwaves with a sense of thoughtful dread normally reserved for horror flicks. The new EP is due out on November 24th which nicely coincides with a huge tour, supporting some quality bands all across the UK.

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