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Drab Habit

Drab Habit is a Dublin-born, South London-based human male. His new, single, For Those with Stereo…, a fusion of funk, fuzz-rock and big brass, represents something of a departure from previous work. Combining elements of early 90s Red Hot Chili Peppers and early 70s James Brown with a touch of Air, For Those With Stereo… has less of an alt-rock flavour than his previous efforts.

A self-taught guitarist first and foremost, Drab Habit’s early musical interest was firmly rooted in the Seattle grunge scene, with a sprinkling of 60s & 70s classic rock: Pearl Jam, Soundgarden & Stone Temple Pilots meets Hendrix & Led Zep. But, with age and through involvement in a variety of different projects, tastes broadened and he became increasingly interested in more diverse recording and production techniques.

The first forays into self-production were heavily guitar-based arrangements, recorded on a trusty Boss BR900 8-track recorder, with which he still refuses to part. Nowadays, while a Gibson Les Paul and an Epiphone Sheraton II still take pride of place in his home studio, synths, strings and brass play a more prominent role in many of his compositions.

Drab Habit’s first EP, the self-produced Epic, was the culmination of early explorations into recording with this wider range of tools and was praised by some:

"There’s something beautiful and heroic about the violin, especially when heard in a track like Epic. It softens the almost ominous bassline and stabbing guitar riffs, with the echoed rim-shots giving this gesture a cinematic feel. It surely lives up to its title." – Too Much Love

More recently, 2018’s Progress ranged from spacey electronica to alt-rock:

"Glow is a beautiful instrumental track from Drab Habit … we implore you to take a listen." – York Calling

"A track that samples the voice of Carl Sagan and is called Cosmos will naturally be a cosmic electronic trip with a post-rock/shoegaze style of guitars … The lead melody followed by distorted guitars makes me think of Mogwai’s style such as with 2008’s I’m Jim Morrison, I’m Dead." – Synths of Eden

For Those With Stereo… is out on June 28th.

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