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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

the whole marriages industrial complex is doing amazing work right now

adam, Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:42 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

this really goes back to the core, the heart music

example (crüt), Monday, 6 March 2017 02:21 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

it's a concept album about heaven's gate

just another (diamonddave85), Monday, 6 March 2017 04:45 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 17:52 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

every one of those things is good

akm, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:06 (two years ago) link

It's good to like good things.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:07 (two years ago) link

(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 (two years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 18:14 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

cold souls is best song of 2017

just another (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 20:18 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

this is incredible stuff.

nomar, Friday, 22 September 2017 19:37 (two years ago) link

Seeing the band Sunday... Woo.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 23 September 2017 05:27 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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

Ned Raggett, Monday, 2 October 2017 18:58 (two years ago) link

Vocals are really Chameleons-y!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Monday, 2 October 2017 19:02 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

"Cold Souls", damn.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:41 (two years ago) link

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

ArchCarrier, Monday, 2 October 2017 21:44 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (two years ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

It's my AOTY.

ArchCarrier, Monday, 20 November 2017 21:54 (one year ago) link

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

imago, Monday, 20 November 2017 23:17 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

...a very fine combination, I must add

imago, Monday, 20 November 2017 23:18 (one year ago) link

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 year ago) link

"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 year ago) link

one month passes...

Just saw them open for Deafheaven a couple of weeks ago and they were ridiculously good, even with technical difficulties and obvious vocal problems. They only played songs off The Demonstration and it super ruled.

GDPR vs GAPDY (DJP), Saturday, 28 July 2018 00:17 (one year ago) link

They got stopped at the Cdn border :(

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Saturday, 28 July 2018 03:04 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...


adam, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 19:52 (six months ago) link

song was stuck in my head before it even ended

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 16 April 2019 21:32 (six months ago) link

p sick. hyperrealised 1980s

imago, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 22:10 (six months ago) link

i mean, lansing-dreiden did the hyperrealised 80s thing already but drab majesty are a) slightly different and b) showing signs of becoming every bit as good

imago, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 22:13 (six months ago) link

it's irritating how we have to wait until july for the album

imago, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 22:13 (six months ago) link

In the 80s I saw a zillion struggling local gothy bands and bought their demos, and some of that stuff was super yummy. I can't even remember the names of the bands, none of which made it past the demo stage, but this American take on goth reminds me so much of the freshness of that sound. It's dark and rhythmic and yet breezy at the same time.


i don't really hear a hyperrealised 80s but this fucking rules

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Friday, 19 April 2019 14:26 (six months ago) link

one month passes...


I love this band so much

Arugula Raccoon (DJP), Monday, 3 June 2019 15:19 (five months ago) link

They've been hit or miss until now but, yeah, this new one seems set to be a classic.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 4 June 2019 08:45 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...


ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 15:26 (four months ago) link

Heard the new album in full and it's easily the best thing they've done -- they have their sound down cold so they finally introduced some real variety on this album within said approach. Both the sequencing and the variations are top notch.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:34 (four months ago) link

ooh boy

ArchCarrier, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:49 (four months ago) link

Just downloaded the advance, waiting to listen to with my synth-pop-loving wife.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 19:36 (four months ago) link

holy shit lansing-dreiden demands to be listened to

boobie, Friday, 21 June 2019 17:59 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

And another video!


ArchCarrier, Thursday, 11 July 2019 19:09 (four months ago) link

A Dialogue needs to go on for 3x as long!

imago, Tuesday, 16 July 2019 10:28 (three months ago) link


As a newcomer to this band, what's the consensus on how this (amazing on first listen) record stacks up against their previous work?

Been a slow education for (bernard snowy), Thursday, 25 July 2019 16:21 (three months ago) link

By "this record" do you mean The Demonstration or the new one, Modern Mirror? Personally I think all of their stuff is great but The Demonstration is still my favorite.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 25 July 2019 16:31 (three months ago) link

Dot In The Sky is one of the best 80s revival moments full stop

imago, Thursday, 25 July 2019 16:51 (three months ago) link

This album is growing on me, but I prefer the mood of The Demonstration. I'm going to see them when they come to town. If youtube clips are any indication, they'll sound good live.

beard papa, Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:37 (three months ago) link

I, too, am in the new-one-is-good-but-Demonstration-was-better camp.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:48 (three months ago) link

They sound great live. I saw them open for Deafheaven (spoiler: they were way better) and even with obvious vocal issues, they sounded fantastic.

brigadier pudding (DJP), Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:53 (three months ago) link

yes they are excellent live and for whatever reason they've come through town about 6 times in the last 2 years. hope they don't burn out

diamonddave85​​ (diamonddave85), Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:53 (three months ago) link

The Other Side and Long Division from Modern Mirror are as good as Dot in the Sky and Cold Souls from The Demonstration, looking forward to seeing them live!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:28 (three months ago) link

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