The Green Room and Mantooth Present
Via Vengeance, Draa
15 N. Agassiz St.
Flagstaff, AZ, 86001
Dudes from San Francisco and Santa Rosa getting drunk and doing drugs, and then also writing riffs and playing shows.
One man band,all live,no loops
"In the theme of not releasing albums, don't bother trying to look up Draa's music online. You'll just find yourself staring at a river in Morocco from which the band's name derives (nobody in the band really seems to know why). Save for a mostly sparse Facebook page, Draa has no web trail and, more importantly, no music to stream or download. The group released a two-song live cassette in a pitifully small run of 25 tapes to coincide with a show in Flagstaff not long ago. That being the exception, the band seems to be nearly anthrophobic about its music.
It may seem strange within the confines of the digital age that a band can exist without haphazardly throwing out stocking-stuffer songs all over the Internet, yet Draa seems to be doing things the old-fashioned way, which means bringing its live performance game hard and letting the chips fall where they may. Over the course of the first and only year of its existence, Draa has made a stir playing university parties and events around Tempe and downtown Phoenix, leading to the band climbing onto larger bills with the likes of Broken Water, Soft Kill, Drab Majesty, Holy Drug Couple, and Wax Idols.
For a younger band to be gaining so much attention this quickly based solely on the merit of live performance and word of mouth is virtually unheard of in 2015 and speaks volumes to the level of musicianship and power these individuals are capable of achieving.
In a live setting, the band antes up with the best of them when it comes to creating an atmosphere. Their pedal-driven dream-pop trances are woven together with precise interludes of noise and effects freakouts that leave audiences bewildered as to what exactly is going on. Yet the madness is always reeled back to a cohesive structure before the ambient placeholders begin to border on over-indulgence." - Roger Calamaio, Phoenix New Times