LA’s Warm Drag hit us with “Sleepover” — a morbid real life story, disguised as and sang as a love song. It’s about a sublet gone wrong, terribly wrong. Vashti goes onto explain, “Paul was trying to cover his bills at his NY apartment while on tour with a previous band, and found a seemingly straight laced renter through Craigslist. He left town but after a few weeks on the road he got a call that a body had been found in the apartment.”
“At first it was thought to be a woman, because the body was so decomposed the police couldn’t tell…so everyone suspected it could have been foul play. It was then discovered that it was a man, the man who rented the apartment, who had a love for Dust-off and had overdosed a few days after moving in. The summer heat literally melted his body away and the smell wafted through the building, much to this dismay of the neighbors. Pretty gruesome stuff, so obviously we needed to make it into a song!”
“Sleepover” shifts from a tender lullaby into a spaced out, noisy solo. Paul sonically interprets and recreates what it feels like to be high of fumes and the throbbing numbness that feels like your brain is freezing.
Warm Drag‘s debut marries Vashti’s love for the genre-defying genius of Blondie’s ‘Parallel Lines’ to Paul’s love of Bomb Squad’s production styles. Vashti sings, the way Siouxsie sang power, the way Nico sang allure, the way Patti sang sex. Paul makes the noise withtwo Akai MPC 1000 samplers. Beats that pummel or seduce, usually simultaneously, synths that soar like Morricone or pump like DAF, and gloriously twangy guitars that clang and echo like Duane Eddy spiraling down a k-hole.
Warm Drag is the soundtrack to the best night of your life. In The Red brings us their samplers-and-switchblade post-noir disco to you this summer. Go here to pre-order.