Drahla is an act to keep in your crosshairs. Newcomers to the Captured Tracks roster hailing Leeds, UK, they purvey a dark brand of inward-looking post-punk that feels evocative of the tumultuous era in which we find ourselves.
Today, we’re debuting the video for their seven-inch single, “Twelve Divisions of the Day,” the band’s first release on Captured Tracks. Full of erratic jump cuts and classic film flicker, the video sits somewhere between Stan Brakhage and Kenneth Anger. Over strident guitar, hammering bass, and thunderous cymbal fills, Luciel Brown apocalyptically vocalizes, “Holy water shower me,” calling for a break from our rigid schedules, our “twelve divisions of the day.” Chalk is scraped on a chalkboard, paint is brushed on a canvas, the camera looks skyward in a stairwell, and a vase is smashed. With the video’s close, we see the canvas has become the cover art of the 7-inch, as if to illustrate how chaos can turn into harmony.
Drahla recorded "Twelve Divisions of the Day" with MJ of Hookworms at Suburban Home, and filmed the video in West Yorkshire with Daisy Georgia. “The video is an abstract representation of process and routine,” Lu told AdHoc via email. “This is depicted through the recreation of the cover artwork and repetitive nature of the content used.“
Brandon Williams, the man behind the curtain that is Whitby, Ontario band Chastity, has been hitting it hard in the last couple years. Chastity covers all bases with their sound. “Die From My Mind,” the b-side of 2017’s Peroxide 7”, is a melodic anthem that grows to a booming wash of guitars, yet the maniacal guitar stylings on “Chains,” the title track from their 2017 EP, are reminiscent of the heyday of Seattle grunge. Somehow, in this torrent of creativity, Williams has still found the time to run barn shows in rural Ashburn, ON.
Chastity is now gearing up to release its debut full-length release, Death Lust—and AdHoc was fortunate enough to get the chance to premiere their video for “Heaven Hell Anywhere Else,” a melodic anthem about tempting fate and living to tell about it. Over calmly distorted guitar chords, we follow a dangerous trio. A cowboyed up version of Williams slinks through the countryside with two western-styled women. The chorus hits with a classically inspired yet fuzzed-up melody. One of the crew puts a bag over her head as the others glide their fingers over glass and lighter flames. Flowers are lain on an empty street before the bodies of cops are dragged into a church and set aflame. After these acts, the trio heads to a fair to get their minds away from what they have just done as the chorus repeats, eventually falling into the sea of distortion.
"'Heaven Hell Anywhere Else' is the most death-dreaming song on the record,” Williams told AdHoc over email. “I’ve been reading about how chemical our pleasure and happiness is. The feeling of pleasure just being dopamine, happiness serotonin. ‘Who laced my days with pain?’ I’m talking about imbalance of these things and feeling caught on the other side as though a God, someone or something, may be culpable. But, maybe it’s just these chemicals that hold that massive power over us: ‘Serotonin don’t let me go.’