The Austin-based garage rock four-piece, Drakulas, aside from have a truly impressive moniker, fit nicely into the vibe created by fellow Texans like The Marked Men and 13th Floor Elevators.
Half of the band has day jobs with The Riverboat Gamblers and the guitarist is also a member of Rise Against, but don’t think that this is just another slapped together side project of disposable music. Their debut full length, Raw Wave, picks up nicely on the promises made on their 2015 EP.
From the frantic opening guitar riff on “Getting Out” the band never lets the energy wain. The 10 songs that make up Raw Wave are all part of a larger concept, with each track told from a different point of view from a collective of characters in an unnamed city in the not-too-distant past. The setting is a busy city center crammed with gangs, pimps, hookers and bible thumpers, so essentially any vigilante movie set in a pre-Disney-fied Times Square.
The lyrics are characters talking about a wave of technology that crashed over the city, wiping out the city’s customs and ways of doing things. It’s all pretty heady stuff, but all you need to know is that it’s a solid collection of amped up garage rock with a little bit of power pop mixed in for good measure.