REVIEW – Pop Rock or any modern Pop, for all intents and purposes, isn’t generally geared to my demographic. I’m sure their target audience isn’t a 40-something metal-head. As of late, I do like to keep an open mind about music, because for several years in my youth, my snobbiness toward certain genres of music resulted in missing out on some really great music that, at the time, I just didn’t want to know about. Now that we got that out of the way, I’m pleased to say that the debut album from Dallas band DRAYTER, entitled “Nine”, and was released December 18, 2015, is a very catchy, hooky, Pop Rock record. The now eight year old band is seeing their biggest success thus far with “Nine”, and playing the same Southwest stages alongside The Pretty Reckless, Stone Sour, Chevelle, and Three Days Grace.
DRAYTER’s beginnings go back to 2008, when teenager Cole Schwartz formed the band. The current lineup consists of guitarist Schwartz, drummer Brandon Pertzborn, bassist Mat West, and the show-stopping Liv Miner on guitar and vocals. My first impression upon hearing DRAYTER was, I heard Hayley from Paramore, but only at first. Miner makes a good name for herself with her vocals alone, Cole should feel lucky to have her. The music shifts between flat-out pop to almost-metal riffs from Schwartz, and is slicked out by heavyweight producers Matt Squire (One Direction, Ariana Grande, Good Charlotte, Selena Gomez, Panic! At The Disco) and Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Godsmack, Slipknot). The songs are about overcoming tragedy, bullying and acceptance, and others are future anthems . The album’s title is based around a puzzle where the challenge to connect dots by drawing four straight, continuous lines that pass through each of the nine dots without ever lifting the pencil from the paper. The solution is easy, but only by drawing the lines outside the confines of the area defined by the nine dots themselves, or ”thinking outside the box” is essentially the solution to the puzzle.
People have said over the years that musical genres shouldn’t or can’t be mixed. If that were the case, nobody would have ever mixed country and blues, and we never would have gotten rock n’ roll. Rap and metal have been successfully merged several times as well to a lesser extent, and even country and rap have been fused to some success. DRAYTER take hard rock guitar and mix it with polished pop seamlessly, and with ease.
03. Not Alone
04. So What
05. Best I Had
06. Mother Says
07. Unchained Love
08. Still Here