DRAAG Share New Single 'Microgravity tank' Ahead of New EP

The EP "Actually, the quiet is nice" will be released on May 17.

By: May. 07, 2024
DRAAG Share New Single 'Microgravity tank' Ahead of New EP
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Draag have shared “Microgravity tank,” the second preview of their highly anticipated new EP Actually, the quiet is nice.

On the ominous, detuned track, principal songwriter Adrian Acosta shares “I used to live in a house that had this very unusual energy. It’s the kind of energy I could only connect to that specific house. It was quite haunting. Every few months or so, I’ll have a Deja vu moment that brings me back to that house. When it fades, all I can think about is how my better years are behind me.” 

Actually, the quiet is nice follows the Los Angeles bands critically acclaimed 2023 debut Dark Fire Heresy, and marks their first release on the Philadelphia label Julia’s War, run by like minded purveyors of forward-thinking shoegaze They Are Gutting A Body Of Water. The band previously shared lead single “Orb weaver,” a potent dose of nostalgia that was praised by The FADER, Paste Magazine, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, Remezcla, and included in Pitchfork’s Selects Playlist. The EP is due out May 17th ahead of a run of tour dates supporting Wednesday.

Tour Dates: 

05/14 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf 


05/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 


05/16 – San Diego, CA @ Quartyard 


05/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bellwether 


05/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore 


05/20 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall 


05/21 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre 


05/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre 


05/24 – Missoula, MT @ Zootown Arts Community Center 


05/25 – Bozeman, MT @ The ELM 


05/28 – Denver, CO @ The Gothic Theatre 


05/30 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown

All shows supporting Wednesday

Draag began when Adrian Acosta (songwriter, vocalist, guitarist) revived songs he recorded on his karaoke tape deck when he was 10 years old. Growing up in the northeast San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, there was nothing for kids to do. Adrian was deeply involved in the DIY punk scene there as a preteen; Backyard shows happened every weekend by word of mouth and through flyers at school, with some shows ending in drive-by shootings from rival gangs. As a kid, Acosta purposely used warped tapes and dissonant sounds without understanding what he loved about it, but upon discovering artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada, and Throbbing Gristle, he realized he wasn’t the only one.

After meeting Ray Montes (guitar), Nick Kelley (bass), and Eric Fabbro (drums), through many years in LA’s music community, Draag began to coalesce as the full realization of what Acosta had always dreamt of creating, connecting with like minded artists who were also deeply involved in the local scene. Jessica Huang (synth, vocals) joined the band after replying to an ad they’d posted on Craigslist, and the lineup was complete. She had a different musical upbringing, classically trained in piano and played the alto sax in marching band, and was on tumblr instead of at backyard shows.

Following two EPs, 2018’s Nontoxic Process and 2020’s Clara Luz, and  their first full length LP, 2023’s Dark Fire Heresy, Actually, the quiet is nice explores the liminal space between albums, and the far reaching corners of Draag’s sound. Inspired by TikTok slides of anonymous Flickr uploads of someone’s friends, neighborhood on a summer day, their bedroom, etc. it struck an obsession with that particular feeling in childhood, while knowing you could go back, but no one would be home. Growing up with immigrant parents in the suburbs during the 90s is the landscape of the EP. 

Tracklist:

01 Your light

02 Orb weaver

03 The day has come

04 Recharge

05 Microgravity tank

06 My hell

Photo credit: Devonte Johnson



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