We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of The 1984 Draft’s new song “Lutheran Heat” (listen below). The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Makes Good Choices, which is scheduled to be released through Poptek. You can pre-order the vinyl here.
The band commented on the song:
This was the last song written for the record. I felt like we were missing one banger to round out the other songs that we had selected to record. We practiced this song for the first time one week before we went into the studio and laid it down. I grew up in the Lutheran Church. I’ve always said that Lutherans were like the Diet Coke of Catholics. Catholics without the guilt. I wanted to play on that and tie it into my childhood. This song basically covers 38 years of my life growing up, childhood memories of moving, moments of embarrassing my parents, and ultimately growing closer with my entire family. This is really a tribute to my relationship with my parents and specifically my brother for being a pain in his butt for 38 years.
June 9 – Dayton, OH at Rockstar Pro Arena
July 29 – Dayton, OH at Blind Bob’s
August 8 – Yellow Springs, OH at WYSO
August 25 – Dayton, OH at South Park Tavern
September 1 – Tipp City, OH at Tippapalooza
About the band:
Dayton, Ohio’s The 1984 Draft, a band who channels American rock sensibilities through a ‘90s tinted punk and indie lens, is set to release the Makes Good Choices LP in 2018. The LP was recorded by Pat Himes, whose credits include Ryan Adam’s legendary Heartbreaker album. The band is recommended for fans of The Replacements, Beach Slang, The Smoking Popes, and Sugar.
For those unfamiliar with The 1984 Draft, or its primary singer/songwriter Joe Anderl, few Ohio-based musicians have enjoyed the opportunity to support as broad and diverse a list of nationally and internationally recognized musicians as Anderl has with his various solo and band endeavors over a 20 year career. To name just a representative sample, he’s supported everyone from indie rock heavies like Beach Slang, Maritime, Maps and Atlases, The New Amsterdams, The Wrens, Murder By Death, and Limbeck, to celebrated songwriters like John Vanderslice, Richard Buckner, party rocker Andrew WK, and even punk and hardcore heavies Ink and Dagger, Off With Their Heads, Every Time I Die and H2O. He’s also toured alongside The Gunshy (Sleep Recordings, Chicago), Adam Torres’ Nostra Nova (Fat Possum, Austin), Tender Mercy (Louisville), as bassist for The Kyle Sowashes (Anyway Records), and vocalist for Waking Kills The Dream (Goodlife Recordings).
The 1984 Draft released their Heisman Trophy Winner EP via Gas Daddy Go! (the boutique label of former Guided By Voices drummer Don Thrasher) on November 6, 2015. They were also one of 24 Ohio bands featured on the 10th anniversary Aquabear Legion double vinyl compilation that year.
In 2014, The 1984 Draft released their EP, Bo Jackson Up The Middle, via We Want Action (84 Nash, She Bears, Tiara). The EPs were recorded at Popside Studio with Micah Carli (former guitarist for Hawthorne Heights), who also took up engineering and mastering duties on the Heisman Trophy Winner EP. Their Bo Jackson Up The Middle EP saw the light of day in advance of the release of an NFL Network documentary on the actual 1984 NFL Draft, in which the band is featured. NFL Films captured them live in the band’s hometown on January 10, 2014. The documentary aired on April 30, 2014 on the NFL Network and followed print and web features on the band in Sports Illustrated, The Omaha World Herald, New Noise Magazine, and Ghettoblaster Magazine to name a few.