Label: Stereo Dynamite Recordings - SDR 008 2 • Format: CD Album Digipak • Country: Canada • Genre: Rock • Style: Surf
Already have an account? Sign in. A band so terrifyingly groovy, one listen to their debut album "Dratsylvania" and you'll be trapped forever under their sonic spell! Originally hailing from the mysterious Dratsylvania, the band relocated to Toronto in where their strange appearances looking like extras from The Addams Family or a cartoon hot rod gang and creepy, rowdy and kooky high energy surf punk live shows have made them a favorite with the local late, late, LATE! The lightning fast long arm of the drums, Leonard von Drat, bids you welcome and keeps everyone in stitches with his rapid fire wit.
An uncontrollable wildman, Dave von Drat sets the mood with the spooky sounding Farfisa organ and spastic movements that would even leave old Uncle Fester in shock. The big brother Trevor von Drat quite easily transitions from being a calm and collected surf guitar gentlemen to a garage rock growling life of the party.
The werewolf cursed DanO von Drat stares wild eyed and lays down a solid and smooth bass foundation for his savage kin to play over. The youngest brother, Steve von Drat, is a surf guitar sharp-shooter and a reverb tank riding creature that will leave you in disbelief. Add to the mix on most nights, little sister Holly My Foolish Heart - Bill Evans Trio* - Waltz For Debby / Sunday At The Village Vanguard Drat twisting and shaking everyone into a frenzy - and you've got a live experience that you'll never forget!
The band have just finished recording their self-produced Stereo Dynamite debut album "Dratsylvania" set for a March 9th release date. Featuring 13 twangy and twisted tunes that should appeal to fans of 60's surf rock, horror punk, or classic monster movies. The von Drats are currently planning spring and summer tours.
Expect a first video from the album "Dratsylvania" to be announced shortly. The Q-bar gig was their first public show, in a tiny hole-in-the-wall club that frequently features punk bands. And they were good. They had added an organ to the mixture, so that gave the sound a much richer old-school feel to it.
They played a few more gigs, which I had to miss because of work, and then I saw them again at the Poor Alex. We knew ahead of time this was potential comedy, because after they had agreed to do it, it turned out to be a benefit for the White Ribbon Campaign. Well, one; Len doesn't do benefits and two; Trevor wasn't quite sure how songs about how he had to kill his girlfriend because she wouldn't stop messing around on him were really going to go over.
When we got there the place was packed, mostly with friends of the performers. The burlesque troop was hopelessly amateur - but then I've pretty much come to expect that.
I long for some 75 year-old former queen of the genuine article to come out of retirement and train these girls how it's done. The way the performance was arranged meant the band had to drag their gear on stage Instant Soup - The Von Drats - Dratsylvania the middle of the evening and started playing without even a line check.
The sound was mud. The drum kit had pieces missing or broken. And when they started playing They were tight and aggressive and all that frustration and adrenaline just came pouring off the stage.
Five song later and they're done and we're back to the bad burlesque. The Gladstone show was much better organized show and in a much Angel - La Fase - Angel sound-friendly venue.
They played an opening slot for the Blue Demons who seemed to have developed a bit of a following in Toronto. And the Gladstone is the hipster territory of choice these days. They intro'd a few new songs and played a really tight energetic set.
They get better every time I see them. The audience this time seemed to have a much better idea of what they were there for, and they really got into the band.
People danced, stomped and cheered. The Smilin Buddha Bar show marked the first appearance of the striped shirts. They've gone through a few line-up changes over the course of their first year, and by the time I saw them at Caddies, they had replaced their organist. Complete with requisite striped shirt. Nobody danced at this gig for some reason, but there was lots of whooping and hollering from the crowd. This was the show where I was introduced to their opening band, Real Gone, who were great fun.
The second Buddha Bar show included old pals The Blue Demons and a band I hadn't seen before; The Instant Soup - The Von Drats - Dratsylvania who performed with a kind a slow-burning intensity. I missed the one where they dressed up like cave men I'm not sure at what point the dancer joined the band - from what I was told she just kind of showed up one day and now she's a regular part of the act.
Certainly having a pretty woman bobbing around in her underwear gives you something to focus on when they are doing the instrumental numbers.
By that point it had been almost a year since I had seen them and I was hugely impressed by how tight they were. A lot of bands would have trouble replicating that set Instant Soup - The Von Drats - Dratsylvania a studio. I missed all the opening acts except for The Superstitions, who really impressed me. They had a female singer with a take-no-prisoners voice and a really catchy set.
Lots of fun. Seriously, check them out. Finally, the moment we were all waiting for: The von Drats; the undeniable, self-proclaimed, winners of all the past surf battles, this surf battle, and all future surf battles to come!
We all know that we can expect something special, as in past battles. As the band enters the stage, Instant Soup - The Von Drats - Dratsylvania member grunts in a gutteral fashion as they viciously gnaw on pieces of chicken which dangled Instant Soup - The Von Drats - Dratsylvania their necks, including their go-go, Holly von Drat.
The band delivered a high-powered set of surf and garage that had passers-by in front of the Cadillac Lounge inquiring about the music and mayhem. The crowd was wild!!! People danced as they watched the band deliver an overdose of reverb ad screeching Farfisa. Trevor von Drat sang on the vocal tunes, including the classic "Alley Oop" as a tribute to the modern-day cave man! Les Bras De Mer - Yann Tiersen - On Tour (DVD) can't wait to see what you dish out in year 4!
Butterfly Records, Spain. The band have just finished recording their self-produced Stereo Dynamite debut album "Dratsylvania" set for a March 30th release date.
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