NorCal hardcore trio DRAIN are back with a new single and music video, “FTS (KYS)” ahead of their freshly announced Epitaph debut album, ‘LIVING PROOF’. Rhythmic percussion fills are overtaken by speedy chugging power chords palm-muted for roaring riffs. Ending with a brutal breakdown, the thrash heavy song scores the cinematic storyline of the Riley Lattanza directed music video where all three Drain members are tracked and killed by men in suits. RIP
Front man Sammy Ciaramitaro warns, “Read the lyrics to this song before you make an assumption on what it’s about. This song and this band are all about bettering yourself and the world around you. Sometimes it takes drastic measures to be the person you want to be and I hope this song can give someone the push they might be needing to make that jump.”
He continues: “I didn’t become straight edge until I was 22, which is a lot later than most of my peers, and I had always wanted to write a song about my journey to sobriety from my standpoint as someone who did in fact indulge in a lifestyle of excess. I know that if I was in that situation, there has to be others that are just like me and I really wanted to write something for those kids.
We had a lot of fun writing this song because we got to experiment with different song structures, wild drum and riffing patterns, and we got to go full “crazy train” with the percussion instruments!”
LIVING PROOF injects a serious dose of relatability—not to mention catchiness—into hardcore’s penchant for toughness and brutality. Produced by longtime friend and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Young (God’s Hate, Suicide Silence) and mixed by Jon Markson (Drug Church, Koyo), this is for anyone looking for some good, friendly, hardcore fun. With his face perpetually glued in a grin, vocalist Sammy Ciaramitaro’s snotty howl rides roughshod over thrash-leaning riffage as rhythms bounce in a big way. DRAIN isn’t just a good time as Sammy presides over the chaos of stagediving bodies and mic-grabbing frontline; it’s a party—and everyone is invited.
After forming in 2014, DRAIN has released two EPs and one full-length record; Over Thinking (2016), Time Enough at Last (2017), and their debut album California Cursed (2020). Taking heavy influence from thrash and 80’s/90’s hardcore, they also blend an eclectic mix of modern influences. LIVING PROOF has shown up in the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2023” lists of BrooklynVegan and Revolver, with the latter dubbing DRAIN as “one of the most talked-about hardcore bands in the country.” They were also discussed in NY Times Popcast episode, “A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music,” and have been celebrated in outlets such as Stereogum, Kerrang! & Alternative Press.
DRAIN is currently touring in Europe as a part of Rebellion Tour 2023. They will be back in Europe and UK this Summer. Please see below for the announced dates and stay tuned for more to be added:
EUROPEAN 2023 TOUR DATES
March 7, 2023 – Munich, Backstage Werk (DE) *
March 8, 2023 – Wien, Arena (AT) *
March 9, 2023 – Ostrava, Barrak (CZ) *
March 10, 2023 – Warsaw, Klub Proxima (PO) *
March 11, 2023 – Dresden, Club Tante Ju (DE) *
March 12, 2023 – Berlin, SO36 (DE) *
August 5, 2023 – Wacken, Wacken Festival 2023 (DE)
August 11, 2023 – Limburg, Tells Bells Festival 2023 (DE)
August 19, 2023 – Eindhoven, Dynamo Metal Fest (NL)
* 2023 Rebellion Tour