3rd December | Crofters Rights
The post-punk genre is seeing some healthy activity at the moment, and Drahla may be one of the more interesting examples knocking around. Based in Wakefield and Leeds, and comprising Luciel Brown and Rob Riggs, who share guitar, bass and vocal duties, plus drummer Mike Ainsley, they were described as “the UK’s most uncompromising new band” earlier this year. There is an interesting contrast in style between the rhythm section, which exhibits fantastically heavy basslines and thunderous drumming throughout, versus the lead guitar, which veers wildly from heavy riffs to subtle colours and atmospherics. The result is a sound that is heavy, but also varied and interesting.
Possibly the real stand-out aspect of the band, though, is the entrancing vocals of Luciel Brown – perfectly controlled, passionate but never screamed, and fitting perfectly with the music. The band has made some good headway in the last twelve months, playing Robert Smith’s meltdown festival, touring with Ought and Metz, and recently undertaking a successful jaunt across the US. They also received widespread praise for recent single ‘Twelve Divisions of the Day’ as their list of admirers continues to grow. This show is a must for fans of Wire or The Fall, but may also represent a pleasant Monday night diversion for fans of, say, Pixies, Wolf Alice or the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
See the video for ‘Twelve Divisions of the Day’ here: