Getting to know /// The Draynes

The Draynes

The Draynes’ music is incredibly explosive, intense, passionate and tight – proper rock ‘n’ roll in everything. When you hear them first you might think that it takes an at least four-strong band to make this amount of quality noise, but there are in fact only two people responsible for the great, powerful sounds. Meet Rick and Stan as they talk about their music, inspiration and goals.

– What’s the story behind The Draynes’ formation?

Rick – I had a bunch of songs I wanted to play live after my last band didn’t really take off. So I just started jamming with local drummers through ads and landed on Stan. I didn’t start off with intentions of making the band a two-piece but it just worked.  We had great musical chemistry from the first riff.

Stan –  It was clear from our first jam that we could do something together. We jammed for an hour and a half straight without really talking.

– What’s your main philosophy in making music?

Rick – I think it’s important to keep songs simple, raw and exciting.  I like the 60s garage attitude of keeping songs lean and catchy and not having three verses and extended solos – stuff like the Yardbirds, the Kinks & early Beatles.

 – What are your biggest inspirations for writing music?

Rick – I remember my first gig seeing the Strokes when I was 16 and ever since then I just wanted to play and write music – I guess that night is my inspiration. There’s no better feeling than playing your music to a passionate crowd. Also my dad was a big influence on my interest in music showing me all these great bands when I was a kid. 

– What’s your approach to your live shows?

Rick – Pretty much the same as our music – keep it exciting, raw and loud. The best live shows are usually the ones we put on ourselves too, playing with bands we choose and not just acts promoters throw together.

Stan – We like to rattle through the songs and try to maintain some kind of energy for the most part. We’re both very into the idea of experimenting on stage with songs, to keep things fresh.

– What has been the most important milestone for The Draynes so far?

Rick – Our first single release and launch show was a great milestone, DIY gigs and self-releasing songs is how we’ll continue to operate.

Stan – We’re not too concerned with the past or the future – we exist mainly in the now. So, by that reasoning, today has been a pretty good milestone. 

– Who are your favourite bands of all time?

Rick – Too many to name but standouts are – the Kinks, Nirvana, anything from Jack White, Hendrix & the Doors ,The  Black Keys,  Ty Segall & the Strokes

Stan – The Art Blakey Quintet, Link Wray, The Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, MC5, The Grateful Dead, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and the Comets, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Dick Dale, Thee Cormans, The Velvet Underground, Tom Waits….the list goes on and on. 

– What’s your biggest goal for the future?

Stan – To keep supporting each other as we navigate this hazy and nebulous world of live music, while simultaneously creating and bashing out some explosive rock’n’roll 

Rick – To release an album with the Draynes and get it printed on vinyl and play headline release shows in Glasgow and Edinburgh and maybe a little tour – that would be cool.

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