Dralms is the latest project by Christopher Smith and band mates Shaunn Thomas Watt (Siskiyou), Peter Carruthers (Siskiyou) and Will Kendrick (Failing). With Dralms, Smith departs from his minimal and subdued musical constructions of his solo albums The Beckon Call and Earning Keep, to a much more complex band-oriented sound. Dralms’ first release, the two song EP Crushed Pleats is a significant departure sonically as well as conceptually. Crushed Pleats was recorded in Vancouver’s Afterlife studios by John Raham and then handed over to be (re)produced by experimental, electronic artist Andy Dixon (Secret Mommy). Dralms debut album is due for release in the fall of 2014.
“The four-piece’s songs ranged from slow-burning pop-rock to heavy, synth-fried psychedelia. The tightly executed 20-minute set suggested that the band is one to watch out for in 2014.” – The Georgia Straight
“Dralms is still led by the cloud-soft vocals of Smith, but he and the group veer off into cyclical dub rhythms on “Divisions,” while the spacey “Crushed Pleats” mixes OK Computer era Radiohead, rising post-rock arrangements and glitched-out electronic tones.” – Exclaim
Dralms is performing live at The Media Club alongside Holy Hum with DJ sets by DJ Pop Drones on Wednesday, April 16. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.