Dralms is the latest project led by songwriter Christopher Smith and is more a reinvention than a fresh moniker. Working with long-time collaborators: Shaunn Watt (drums), William Kendrick (synth, keys) and Peter Carruthers (bass) and featuring producer/electronic artist Andy Dixon (Secret Mommy, Caving), which Smith previously trusted with a remix of Earning Keep's "Pillars and Pyre.”

The band’s first release, Crushed Pleats, has a swampy ambience and deep bass pulse. Smith’s lyrics push listeners to look through a dystopian lens, exposing powerlessness, fear, rhetoric, and ignorance. The socio-political implications on Crushed Pleats’ track “Divisions of Labour,” exist contextually, behind a confession of lust. Smith’s words drip with derision as he chants longingly, “if my heart had its will / kill kill kill.” The title track, “Crushed Pleats,” grows from a fog of drone. Howling gusts of ambience haunt Smith’s tale of portent seduction as he sings, “you let your hair down / little birds come tumbling to the ground.”

Beyond the poetic prowess of the lyrics, the band’s strength is their ability to devise all-consuming instrumental build-ups. These forceful swells are thickened with cavernous bass chords and weaving electronic textures; Smith’s vocals sit atop as smooth and varied as stained glass.

Dralms, is currently working on a full-length album at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, BC with producer/engineer John Raham.






2015 Dates

Mon 11 May 2015 JD Road To The Great Escape @ The Barfly: SOLD OUT (220 Cap) London, UK
Thu 14 May 2015 Royal Albert Hall Stage at St. George's Church @ The Great Escape Brighton, UK
Thu 14 May 2015 Essential Party at The Other Place @ The Great Escape Brighton, UK
Sat 16 May 2015 Music BC presents at Green Door Store @ The Great Escape: N/A Festival Brighton, UK
Sun 17 May 2015 We Come Alive @ The Harrison: N/A London, UK
Thu 21 May 2015 Antje Öklesund Berlin, Germany
Sat 23 May 2015 Dot to Dot Bristol, UK
Sun 24 May 2015 Dot to Dot Nottingham, UK
Tue 26 May 2015 Sebright Arms London, UK