Me and Karen, Black Hills
1353 H St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Based in a city known for stagnation and business as usual, Washington DC's Drop Electric exists to break the mold. Drop Electric's music is a manic barrage of soaring female vocals, distortion, tribal percussion, and electronic bleeps, controlled by structured, dynamic songwriting. Ramtin Arablouei, Neel Singh, Sho Fujiwara and Kristna Reznikov's shared experiences as children of immigrant families contribute to an air of vague unfamiliarity in their music.
"Our songs have always come from a collection of accidents. It is a few people in a room playing instruments until something sounds good. So we decided to do what we always did. Don't think. Just write," explains the band's dummer Ramtin Arablouei.
"Ideas usually come to me from a dark place. Many times the words are responding to the pressure of having to write an album worthy of lyrics and melodies, "muses Reznikov.
In 2013, the four members of Drop Electric sat down to record songs that would eventually become Waking Up to the Fire. The result is a bass heavy, electronic collection of songs. Like past Drop Electric releases, the songs on Waking Up to the Fire have a cinematic quality while Reznikov's voice and lyrics convey a sense of desperation in an increasingly disconnected world.
In the Fall of 2010, Washington DC's Aaron Estes learned that he needed multiple shoulder surgeries and would spend all of 2011 in physical therapy. Being a guitarist, this wasn't very good news. So he started a new, solo, shoulder-friendly project called Black Hills that used mainly synths, samples, and loops. He set out to combine downtempo electronica with dancefloor pop, and released his debut EP, "Black Gold" in October 2011. On stage, he is joined by a full band.