The 1984 Draft, a band who channels American rock sensibilities through a ‘90s-tinted punk and indie lens, is set to release the “Destination Breakdown” single in on November 27 via Poptek Records. The single was recorded by Fred Vahldiek (Dark Backward) at his Fredzoz studio in the band’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The band is recommended for fans of The Replacements, The Lemonheads, The Smoking Popes, Jawbreaker and Sugar.

The band shared the first song on the two-song release recently:

The “Destination Breakdown” songs were written during isolation due to the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020. This marks the first time the band has released recordings without ever playing the songs to a live audience.

“The last six months have been really hard. Basically, my one social outlet was taken away from me in not being able to play shows.  I think I had to write just to survive”, singer/guitarist Joe Anderl said. “With the timing of the outbreak, I found myself dealing with deep emotional and mental struggles. I was trying to adjust working from home, keeping my family safe and secure, all while trying to personally figure out what all this meant and how to cope.”

“Then you add on the 2020 election cycle, cops killing innocent people, and people refusing to do what is right for the greater good and you begin to have even more anger. This pandemic has brought out the best and worst in people. I’ve lost friends because they don’t believe in mask wearing. I’ve lost friends because our beliefs on how people should be treated is different. I’m ok with that. I would rather have one less friend than not stand up for what is just and right in this world. With that said, I hope we can all show a little grace to each other along the way”

For those unfamiliar with The 1984 Draft, the band is comprised of Anderl, guitarist Eli Alban, bassist Chip Heck, and drummer Justin Satinover. To date, the band have released a compilation track, a pair of EPs and an LP and supported Beach Slang, Radar State, Haymarket Riot, Hawthorne Heights, Extra Arms, Relaxer, Chris Conley of Saves The Day, Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife, Anthony Raneri of Bayside, Geoff Rickly of Thursday, Six Gallery and more.

Visit The 1984 Draft online:


Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

Write A Comment