It was mid-Summer 2023, yet another balmy night had met us in good old Brisbane town. The Brightside was the venue, and Canada’s own Comeback Kid had brought some friends along with them, and yet again it was party time from the get-go.
Enter Drain from the sun-drenched beaches of Santa Cruz, California. As this quintet entered stage right that night, my first taste of this four-piece would be forever tattooed into my mind. Out of the gates Drain slammed their way through an energetic and enthusiastic set and honestly throwing down never looked and felt so fun!
That night we got a back catalogue three-course meal, with the main ingredients being from the band’s 2020 album California Cursed, with tracks like Feel the Pressure and Hyper Vigilance to stomp and bop to.
Fast forward mid (this) year, the band serves up their second full-length effort Living Proof, a more rounded and explorative effort to say the least! Now, just before we enter a new calendar year, Drain are coming back down under, this time for their own headlining tour.
“Last year was a big year, we did support tours in Australia, in Europe and now we’re back doing a headliner in Australia, it’s crazy man!” Says Sammy (vocals) as we jump right into it. Alongside Drain will be Fairfield County’s (California) own Anxious, which are a band that is something a little more “chilled and melodic” Sammy explains. I for one encourage you all to check this band out, as they’re super talented and infectious.
With another world tour under their belts, Drain can now offer fans more of “a show”, with a more rounded and seasoned set with the usual specialities that make Drain their own hardcore punk entity.
As Drain enter their second decade as a band, they’re still learning and working the industry their own way, and honestly these dudes don’t look like stopping any time soon.
If you’re keen for a cool summer beat down with friends, then you must come check out Drain on this tour.
It’s going to be a good good time, filled with good good things!