For those who don’t know, here’s how Drunk Dial Records operates: they invite artists they adore into a recording studio to write and record an original song and cover a classic tune in one session. But there’s a catch! The artist or band in question must compose and perform these songs while inebriated. The recordings are then released as a 7” vinyl single.
The latest 7″ has Austin TX band, Drakulas, doing the original “Shame” backed with a cover of Jim Carroll’s “Three Sisters.” A sonic marriage of proto-punk, garage, 1980’s synth and new wave with lyrical content to match, Drakulas are a concept band donning black turtlenecks & medallions who exist in a fictionalized, late-‘70s metropolis soundtracked by drugs, pornography, video games, nightclubs, art movements and a little bit of a occult esoterica to spare.
Formed by Mike Wiebe and Rob Marchant of the Riverboat Gamblers and Zach Blair of Rise Against as a fully formed art project to explore new, dark avenues and be set apart from other projects, the band quickly went from a diversion to a full-time endeavor by touring, making videos and cultivating acolytes around the globe.
“Who cannot relate to the intense shame that needles it’s way into one’s psyche during a global pandemic that may or may not have been started by my own actions.” says Mike Wiebe of “Shame” adding “All forms of forgiveness were sought – drugs, religion and song writing. Mixed results on all of them.“