Sometimes when you find an amazing new band, all you want to do is rave about them, and tell everyone you speak to how utterly amazing they are. Fortunately, as I have Call Upon The Author as my soapbox, I can do just that, and tell you that you HAVE to listen to Drawings.
I went to review a band called Dinosaur Pile Up for CUTA a while back at the Southampton Joiners, and Drawings were supporting: now, call it music snobbery, but I don’t always give the time I should to going in and giving the support act the time and attention they deserve. Man, was I glad I did this time. Three unassuming looking lads took to the stage, stepped forward, and I was hit with a torrent of spectacular noise – melodic, beautiful, goooorgeous, but heavy. Think Hundred Reasons, think a harder edged Muse. Think awesome.
I recently saw Drawings play again at the dizzy heights of Southsea’s Fat Fox, and had all my first impressions confirmed. The great thing about this band is the coming together of all the perfect elements – the drumming (provided by Aaron Graham) is relentless and ferocious. He batters the poor things almost to death, while supplying some perfectly lovely backing vocals. It’s a sight to see – Dave Grohl would be proud. David Ransom on bass provides the earthy dirtiness that makes their songs so great, and some note perfect harmonies to go with it. There’s power and precision in equal measures in his playing, and this undercurrent is just perfect for all the madness going on around it. And finally, you’ve got frontman Matt Reynolds, a guitar virtuoso with a pitch perfect howl that can cut you and caress you all in a three minute song. Put all of this together, and it somehow combines to create one of the best things I’ve heard in years.
If you like your rock on the heavier side, with a true sense of occasion, please check out Drawings: and if you can, definitely get out and see them live.