Drab Majesty are one of the newer bands in the last few years that have really intrigued me. Over the last couple months I’ve delved into their catalog and found a real appreciation for the artistic nuances of this band. On July 12, Drab Majesty will be releasing their new (and third album) Modern Mirror on July 12 via Dais Records. The record was produced by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and mastered by Dave Cooley, with appearances by Jasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) and Justin Meldal-Johnson (NIN, Beck, M83, Air). Based on the three singles released so far, Modern Mirror is going to be one hell of an album for 2019.
Drab Majesty- Oxytocin:
Drab Majesty- Long Division:
Drab Majesty- Ellipsis:
Over the last few years, as I’ve mentioned before, there is a resurgence of the post-punk sound. Some bands have been able to do it really well like GLAARE and The Black Mare. Those bands and a few others have not only taken that sound to new heights but, have added something else to that sound to make it their own. Which brings me to the band of the week, HIDE. This Chicago based duo led by visual artist/vocalist Heather Gabel and percussionist Seth Sher, has taken elements of post-punk and added a huge industrial twist to their music. HIDE’s debut full length CASTRATION ANXIETY is eerie and dark yet it’s full of the traditional sense of what an industrial band should be. In particular the song “Wildfire” (which is my favorite off the album) is much more than a thunderous industrial song. Lyrically it delves much deeper into psychological ideals. The album as a whole is quite a listen. There is a lot going on that will make you want to dance a little but also smash a wall with a sledgehammer. You can tell listening to HIDE, that in order to fully get what they are all about, you need to see them live. And from their live videos online, that is absolutely true.
Hide- Castration Anxiety: