Funnelling explosive blues-rock riffs into heady alt-hip hop rhythms and immersive electronic arrangements, Drae drop the timely and culturally prescient single Take Cover — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
“The revolution won’t be televised,” the Ottawa duo remind us, putting a potent new spin on the immortal words of American poet and rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron. “This song was written as a hypothetical view of a world where a government and its systems — particularly law enforcement — have turned on its own citizens,” says frontman and producer Andre Thibault. “Unfortunately we are seeing this become a reality, both with our neighbours south of the border, as well as our own federal police force with minority groups and Indigenous peoples.”
“It’s a rally cry of sorts,” drummer and percussionist Matt Robillard adds. “A declaration that real change doesn’t come from burying our faces in screens and staying informed, it comes from confronting the source of the issue head on, no matter how ugly that may be.”
Take Cover is the first preview of the pair’s EP Tardigrade, set for release later this year. With a Toronto Independent Music Award to their credit, Drae have performed at JunoFest, Bluesfest, Canadian Music Week, Northern Touch Music Festival and more, and have received radio play and critical acclaim for previous releases TRI (2018), E/Scape (The Live Sessions) (2017), and E/Scape (2016).
Watch Take Cover above, hear more from Drae below, and keep up with them on their website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.