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Drab Habit

Drab Habit is a solo project by Dublin-born, London-based artist David Qadir. His new, self-produced EP, Progress, while built on a strong foundation of prog-rock, ranges from spacey electronica to alt-rock to orchestral soundtracks. Pre-release listener reaction has been extremely positive – on the back of their crowd reviews, Drab Habit is lined up to be a featured artist on ReverbNation for four weeks from mid-October.

A self-taught guitarist first and foremost, Qadir’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, keyboards, synths and strings 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

The first single from Progress, Glow, is a unique, uptempo fusion of Pearl Jam-inspired alt rock and Daft Punk-esque synth pop elements – difficult to place into a particular genre. Glow ranks in the 96th percentile of all tracks analysed by ReverbNation’s Crowd Review and has also been well-received by some bloggers:

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

"This is one of the best instrumental songs that I have recently heard … You really have a lot of talent and I hope to hear more from you soon!" – ReverbNation Crowd Reviewer

Progress is available now on CD Baby.