Dramady is Portland, OR based duo consisting of Amanda Mason Wiles and Zacery Quintin Stanley who this week see the release of their second album Answer Only to the Sea via Cochon Records. Recorded at Arbor Lodge Studios in Portland, Oregon by Pall Jenkins, (Three Mile Pilot, The Black Heart Procession, Mr. Tube), the band has a dynamic two-member structure that engages listeners and audiences with Wiles on bass and tenor saxophone, Stanley on simultaneous drums, keyboard and vocals, and a precise use of loops and harmony to achieve a full sound. In time for release week, Answer Only to the Sea is streaming in its entirety over at CMJ where they describe the band as “the kind of music that’s equal parts sugar-high ecstasy and bedroom-moodiness”. Portland-based weekly Willamette Week also singled out the album cut “Deadlines,” which you can check out here.
Dramady has also announced a pair of hometown shows for November, including the November 15th Album Release show at the World Famous Kenton Club along with Lonnie Winn (feat. members of Love as Laughter, Built to Spill, & Duster). All of the songs on the album were written by Stanley and Wiles in the spring of 2013. The album is a tribute to the bands authentic style and pure sounds that they create together. Jenkins’ taut recording technique allows room for their inventive vocal harmonies, playful lyricism, and their ear for the head-turning hook. While each song contains moments that will replay in your head for days, the album oscillates between more serene yet upbeat tracks such as “Keep it Up,” “Casual Sludge,” and the pulsing, danceable “Downlow” and “I Wanna be Good.”
The band’s roots are deeply embedded in Portland’s vital music scene. Dramady has been performing and writing continuously since their formation in 2006. Last summer Dramady traveled as support for Three Mile Pilot’s West Coast tour. Dramady’s incarnation came about in the height of a hilarious life drama, hence the name. Their music is inspired by real life events, their hopes, and their dreams.
UPCOMING DRAMADY LIVE DATES:
11/15 – Portland, OR @ World Famous Kenton Club w/ Lonnie Winn (feat. Paul Jenkins & members of Love as Laughter, Built To Spill, Duster), Paulo Zappoli and the Break
– 11/22 @ Cherry Sprout (722 N. Sumner St. Portland, OR) w/ Lost Lockets Larry Yes – Free
– 12/15 @ Valentines – Black & White Christmas Party
Click for Dramady’s “I Wanna Be Good” video
Answer Only To the Sea
Out November 12th, 2013 on Cochon Records