Drahla

DC9 Nightclub Presents

Drahla

Russian Baths

Tue September 24

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00

This event is all ages

Drahla
Drahla
The Leeds trio embraces the brevity and ferocity you’d expect from self-professed Wire fans. But within those parameters, all bets are off. Singer/guitarist Luciel Brown, bassist Rob Riggs, and drummer Mike Ainsley treat songwriting as a game of Tetris—the playing field might be narrow, but there’s a palpable joy in the way they flip and rearrange the elements into new interlocking patterns.

On Useless Coordinates, Duffin’s sax isn’t just some decorative noisemaker, but a crucial corrupting influence. For a genre once defined by limitless possibility, post-punk has codified into a familiar formula of discordant guitars, propulsive bass, and melody-averse sing-speak. But if Useless Coordinates embraces post-punk as a received language, Drahla remind us there’s still freedom and joy to be had when speaking in tongues.
Russian Baths
Russian Baths
Russian Baths fuses the abrasive sounds of New York in the eighties, the angular outbursts of DC hardcore, shoegaze’s torrents of noise and the suffocating anxiety of the Information Age. One part horror movie soundtrack, and one part personal confession, the band’s music is at once imposing and intimate.



Russian Baths’ forthcoming album takes their art of juxtaposition to its extreme. Feedback and dissonance swallow softly whispered harmonies. Granular synths and 808s rest besides guitar shrieks and pounding drums. Caustic fits are punctuated by moments of relief, tortured the next second. Surgical imagery and themes of personal regret and cultural guilt populate the soundscape, sung by voices sometimes so close, they’re in the room with you, sometimes from impossible distances. Unlike their dissonant peers, rarely do the proceedings lead to a scream. The record was meticulously recorded and assembled over the course of two years, and mixed by Ben Greenberg (Uniform).

Russian Baths is Jess Rees (guitar, vocals) and Luke Koz (guitar, vocals) from Brooklyn, NY, joined live by Kyle Garvey (bass) and Steven Levine (drums), and in the studio by Evan Gill Smith (bass) and Jeff Widner (drums). They have shared stages with Black Midi, The Horrors, Marissa Nadler, We Are Scientists, Bambara, and others.
Venue Information:
DC9 Nightclub
1940 9th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
http://www.dcnine.com