Drab Majesty - _The Demonstration_

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I am creating a thread for this album because it is really, really, REALLY good; the main force behind it is the drummer for Marriages and the entire album is a love letter to gothy pop songs.


I'm very, very taken by "Dot in the Sky", "Too Soon to Tell" and "Cold Souls" but really every single song is excellent

ornate orchestral arrangements (DJP), Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

I just missed the chance to see them in SF, so of course I'm really enjoying this.

0 / 0 (lukas), Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:09 (one year ago) Permalink

the whole marriages industrial complex is doing amazing work right now

adam, Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh is that his deal? (Re the Marriages connection.) Just thought it was some fellow. It is a nice enough album, certainly.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:53 (one year ago) Permalink

this really goes back to the core, the heart music

example (crüt), Monday, 6 March 2017 02:21 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah I love this album, so good. no reason anyone who didn't love the cure circa Kiss Me wouldn't love this

akm, Monday, 6 March 2017 03:32 (one year ago) Permalink

it's a concept album about heaven's gate

just another (diamonddave85), Monday, 6 March 2017 04:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I mistakenly wrote about this album in the Rolling Synthwave/Retrowave/Outrun 2017 Thread because I thought it was a standard rolling thread about music like this, but I was evidently mistaken.

I think it's quite good, very retro obviously, but a very enjoyable album including the four remixes that came on the CD. And my wife loved it so much I immediately purchased it from PAIS directly.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 15:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I love how it sounds like it could have been released in 1984 but still finds a way to make that sound feel fresh, new and contemporary.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 17:50 (one year ago) Permalink

I kept thinking late eighties (Clan of) Xymox, but any number of reference points, really.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

I have, at various points, thought of Cocteau Twins, New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, The Bolshoi, The March Violets, The Chameleons, Love and Rockets, Clan of Xymox, Sisters of Mercy, and Psychedelic Furs all mashed together into a blender.

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:03 (one year ago) Permalink

every one of those things is good

akm, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

It's good to like good things.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:07 (one year ago) Permalink

(This conversation made me go back to CoX and Medusa seems to be a direct progenitor)

Rachel Luther Queen (DJP), Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:12 (one year ago) Permalink


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:14 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

cold souls is best song of 2017

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:18 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Finally picking up on this. Loving the "Oak Wood" single. Can't wait to dig deeper

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 8 September 2017 13:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this is incredible stuff.

nomar, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

Seeing the band Sunday... Woo.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 23 September 2017 05:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Nice to see some attention on this. I mentioned it in passing in rolling post-punk, but I've been due to revisit it.

Rolling Post-Punk Thread

Fastnbulbous, Monday, 2 October 2017 16:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Saw DJP mention this on the Underappreciated 2017 Albums thread, and have been listening to it... it's great! Don't hear much Xymox in there though. Maybe shades of Twist of Shadows-era... it's way more Chameleons to my ears. Xymox were always a lot more New Orleans than L.A.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 2 October 2017 17:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Go back to Medusa; there is a ton of similarity there.

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Monday, 2 October 2017 18:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

Also I've now become obsessed with "39, By Design"

Marcus Hiles Remains Steadfast About Planting Trees.jpg (DJP), Monday, 2 October 2017 18:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

I was about to say, way more Chameleons? Huh. Definitely early Xymox per DJP's note.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 18:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Vocals are really Chameleons-y!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

I don't think any band since (even Xymox themselves) have managed to make a record that sounds like Medusa. Sleeps with the Fishes, maybe, but that's cheating.

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

"Cold Souls", damn.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

I love it that the best songs are on the second half of the album.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

his last one 'careless' is worth a listen too. here's a collection with that album + bsides: https://drabmajesty.bandcamp.com/album/completely-careless-2012-2015

Rael Estate (diamonddave85), Monday, 2 October 2017 23:04 (nine months ago) Permalink

Interesting to see how my favorite song on this album is shifting every few days. At first it was 'Kissing the Ground', then 'Cold Souls', and this morning I've had 'Behind the Wall' on repeat for a couple of hours.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 10:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Just a reminder to everyone compiling best of 2017 lists that this album is out there.

the Hannah Montana of the Korean War (DJP), Monday, 20 November 2017 21:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

It's my AOTY.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 20 November 2017 21:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

This is a good album that I would describe as cyber-Chameleons

imago, Monday, 20 November 2017 23:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think the BEST thing about it is the hard-edged electronic production. It sounds extremely modern even though the ingredients are pure 80s

imago, Monday, 20 November 2017 23:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

...a very fine combination, I must add

imago, Monday, 20 November 2017 23:18 (seven months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Drab Majesty gave a shout out to this band on instagram recently. I'm kind of obsessed with their album now.


lazyitis, Saturday, 26 May 2018 16:23 (one month ago) Permalink

"A mix of classic 4AD, David Sylvian and early Last Dance. Amazing album!"

"Felt meets Fernand Knopff meets fresh roses."


diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 30 May 2018 03:12 (one month ago) Permalink

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