Drakulas, the art-rock quartet from Austin, TX, are pleased to present “Level Up,” the latest track to be lifted from the band’s forthcoming Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Rocket From The Crypt)-produced full-length album that will be released on Dine Alone Records next year. As the first track written for the new album, “Level Up” tells the story of The Kid, a street youth whose legendary video game skills draw him an audience – and a drug habit – as he needs stimulates to focus and play harder. The song tells the tale of a woman who works in the peep show in the back of the biggest video game arcade called Terminal Amusements, along with their impudent courtship.
“Level Up” follows the release of “Fashion Forward,” a no wave’d-out anthem boasting a provocative music video that was an homage to the short films of Kenneth Anger and Andy Warhol.
A sonic marriage of proto-punk, garage, 1980’s synth and new wave with lyrical content to match, Drakulas are a concept band donning black turtlenecks & medallions who exist in a fictionalized, late-‘70s metropolis soundtracked by drugs, pornography, video games, nightclubs, art movements and a little bit of a occult esoterica to spare.
Formed by Mike Wiebe and Rob Marchant of the Riverboat Gamblers and Zach Blair of Rise Against as a fully formed art project to explore new, dark avenues and be set apart from other projects, the band quickly went from a diversion to a full-time endeavor by touring, making videos and cultivating acolytes around the globe. After the OWOWOWOW 7-inch release and Raw Wave full-length debut, Drakulas will release their brand new full-length album on Dine Alone Records next year. Stay tuned for more music and visuals over the following weeks and months.