For a band that’s continued to weave through an eclectic range of genres and styles while still keeping a familiar tone and energetic approach to both their albums and live performances, Santa Fe’s Drastic Andrew has consistently packed a punch since their 2011 inception, and it seems they’re only getting warmed up. Having released 2011’s Save The Machine and 2013’s State of Denial, the band speaks directly to our collective cultural perceptions and personal tragedies. Their latest release, Live Without Warning, is set to drop on November 14 and explores the “universal themes of longing, feeling trapped, and being lied to and hung out to dry.”
Though the term “more of the same” may sometimes have a negative connotation, Drastic Andrew’s Live Without Warning flips it right on its head. For these five, “more of the same” means connecting personal human experience with universal themes; love and redemption, devastating loss, and fearless optimism. With their first single “Plunder Away” vocalist MacLauchlan belts “Plunder away my dear old friends, we are certain we’re gonna meet again // In the forever here-ever after, ya know it’s filled with love and it’s filled with laughter.” The hard rocking, yet dance-inducing jam, is reminiscent of bands like the now defunct Australian rockers “Jet” with a Springsteen-esque liveliness and a “hell yea!” attitude. But the album twists and turns in a roller coaster of epic proportions with acoustic-driven country ballads like “Pedestrian Love Song,” the more funky “Alien Creature,” or the more revved-up Johnny Cash style of “Send Him Back.” The one thing that’s for certain is that Live Without Warning will take fans on a ride.
Formed in 2011, the five-piece rock based Americana band consists of lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and band leader Andrew MacLauchlan, lead guitarist, backing vocalist, director/arranger Ben Wright, drummer and percussionist Michael Chavez, bassist Noah Baumeister, and keyboardist Kevin Zoernig performs regularly at Santa Fe & Albuquerque’s lively bars, brewpubs and performance spaces.
One of the band’s taglines, “New Rock Country Wave” is a concise narrative of their music; a clear rock & roll ethic with a dash of New Wave/Post-Punk awareness and an occasional spicy, roadhouse, country. Their live shows feature tight arrangements and lyrically earnest ballads and stories that give way to melodic jam-band ferocity.
For More Info on Drastic Andrew, visit: www.DrasticAndrew.com