Since their 2020 debut album, California Cursed, Drain has been one of the most thrilling hardcore bands to emerge, showcasing their expertise in crossover thrash. Their success has led them to become the new rulers of the genre. For three years, they have performed electrifying shows all over the globe, and on May 5th they will finally release their highly-anticipated next LP, Living Proof, which is their first record for Epitaph Records.
The album includes ten songs and was produced by the highly prolific Taylor Young, who has also worked on projects such as God’s Hate, Nails, and Xibalba.
Additionally, the album features “Watch You Burn,” which was released as a single in 2021, their latest single “Evil Finds Light”, and now the newest jam called “FTS (KYS)”.
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According to vocalist Sammy Ciaramitaro, the upcoming album, “Living Proof,” is meant to inspire hope and perseverance in its listeners.
Sammy shared that the song “Evil Finds Light” delves into his personal struggles with stress and how it can distort his view of the world. Despite completing the song, he admits that managing stress remains a work in progress.
Drain’s signature blend of anthemic hardcore and thrash riffage, paired with California sunshine, is showcased in the song and humorously parodied in their recent music video for “Evil FInds Light“.
Sammy looks forward to performing these songs live and hearing crowds singing along. Drain, as the album’s title suggests, is “the Living Proof” of overcoming obstacles and naysayers.
Since their formation in 2014, DRAIN has released two EPs and a full-length album, “Over Thinking” (2016), “Time Enough at Last” (2017), and “California Cursed” (2020). Their sound is heavily influenced by thrash and 80’s/90’s hardcore, but they also incorporate a diverse range of modern influences.
Their upcoming album, “Living Proof,” has generated excitement and has been listed in the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2023” by BrooklynVegan and Revolver. Revolver even hails DRAIN as “one of the most talked-about hardcore bands in the country.” The band has been featured in the NY Times Popcast episode “A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music,” and has received acclaim from Stereogum, Kerrang!, and Alternative Press.
The 2023 Rebellion Tour, featuring DRAIN, dates have been announced as follows:
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)
In addition, DRAIN will also be performing at the following festivals:
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)
As for American appearances, here’s what they have scheduled so far:
02.04.23 – Five Years of Blackpath – Las Vegas, NV – American Legion
03.25.23 – Punk in the Park – Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fairgrounds
06.23-24.23 – Tied Down Fest – Detroit, MI – Russell Industrial Center
09.23-24.23 – Furnace Fest – Birmingham, AL – Sloss Furnaces