Ampersand Music

Drahla (uk)


Blending wiry, dark post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their two sold out 7” singles and the 2017 Third Article EP.  Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, with the band being asked to share stages with the likes of Parquet Courts, METZ, Ought, Buzzcocks, The Cribs and more.

Their Third Article EP was released at the end of 2017 on the band’s own Blank Ad label followed by their first European tour supporting Metz. Third Article finds the band at their most captivating, with track ’Silk Spirit’ exhibiting Luciel’s mesmerizing spoken drawl, paired with the steady unrelenting wall of sound from Rob Riggs on bass, and Mike Ainsley on drums.

Debut album 'Useless Coordinates' out now on Captured Tracks.


"Drahla remind us there’s still freedom and joy to be had when speaking in tongues."
(Pitchfork ★★★★)

"Drahla’s melodies are gnarled and resist locking together at all costs; warped pop songs emerge out of the gloom. This is a meticulous debut that juggles razor-sharp control with barely contained chaos." (NME ★★★★)

"Whatever the topic, Brown’s style is to punch out her lyrics, giving every thought to the impact she knows they deserve. Given how expertly all sides of Drahla come together, it’s odd that their arrival has been relatively low-key. If there’s any justice in West Yorkshire, that’ll be remedied really soon, really fast." (The Guardian ★★★★)

"Drahla's abstract punk songs that are ecstatic about the everyday. The squalls of noise in songs like 'Pyramid Estate' show a band willing to dig beneath the surface."  (Noisey)

"The Cure's Robert Smith is a fan, and you ought to be as well – here's Drahla's bruising new song 'Stimulus For Living’" (NME)

"Drahla are the UK's most uncompromising new band"  (DIY)

"They make the kind of literate punk to kickstart a revolution in your mind" (The Fader)

"Walking their own path, Drahla's dark, wiry take on post-punk is shot through with originality, with a series to find their own voice." (Clash)

"Based out of Leeds, the group seem like sonic and theoretical descendents of that city’s Gang of Four, with slashing guitars and sociopolitical lyrics." (Brooklyn Vegan)


SXSW, Austin, US (2019)
Eurosonic, Groningen, NL (2019)
The Great Escape, Brighton, UK (2018)
US-tour (2018)