Long-awaited debut album from Leeds’ very own Drahla on Brooklyn indie imprint Captured Tracks. Mixing wiry, raw post-punk with the dark and volatile textures of art-rock and Luciel Brown’s abstract lyrical preoccupations, Useless Coordinates was recorded in short gaps between hard touring throughout 2018.
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When is a Leeds band not a Leeds band? Possibly when their members don't live in Leeds. It turns out that none of Drahla actually live in the magnificent city despite the band forming in Leeds and playing loads of shows in the vicinity over the years. So I for one am claiming them as Leeds band. Is that ok?
Right, now that is sorted we can get on with telling you about their debut album which has been released on Brooklyn's magnificent Captured Tracks imprint. They have a darker, more wiry sound than most things on that janglesome imprint and their sound could easily be summed up in two words - Sonic Youth. Or if you want a longer comparison the Sonic Youth Bits Where Kim Gordon Sings. Their sound is akin something that could easily soundtrack concrete structures at night and spends its time making the bass and guitar discordant with each other. Pyramid Estate includes something magnificent - a saxophone blowing away amidst the tangle - and it really works. It gives an added dimension to what could be standard noise rock scree, a bit of free jazz class amongst northern greyness.
The best bit of Drahla is how they put unusual notes, textures and rhythms together. The worst bit is how the vocal lines seem to be the same on each track and at the same pitch and tone. What Drahla lack is what a lot of hyped noise rock acts lack - actual memorable songs - but you could I suppose say that even about Sonic Youth. Drahla are more than content to slash about in a faintly sinister manner playing skewed songs that sit just above your standard Wharf Chambers all dayer line up but lack that extra special something that suggests that they could reach into really exciting territories.
A good debut... and also one where the saxophone actually improves things.
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