Release Date: Jul 12, 2019
Record label: Dais
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Synth Pop, Cold Wave
Los Angeles' Drab Majesty have carved out a distinctively goth-toned niche in the modern musical landscape with their artfully conceptual brand of '80s-style alternative rock and synth pop. Essentially the solo vehicle of singer/songwriter Andrew Clinco, who performs in an androgynous blond wig and sunglasses under the pseudonym Deb DeMure, Drab Majesty sound like a long-lost 4AD or Corpus Christi label band circa 1984. It's an aesthetic the duo (which also includes keyboardist Alex Nicolaou aka Mona D) first debuted on 2015's Careless, and one they further develop to gloriously atmospheric effect on their third album, 2019's Modern Mirror.
When merely taking a simple glance at Drab Majesty's mannequin-like image, it's easy to wonder and even be convinced that the Los Angeles-based darkwave duo -- comprised of Deb Demure and Mona D. -- are two musical A.I's or extraterrestrial beings sent to seduce listeners with their gothic mystique. Topped with silvery blonde wigs and large sunglasses that obscure any semblance of identity, the two androgynous figures are blanketed with a snow-like glow that only adds to a sound that is as intimate and alluring as it is large and brooding.
Mysterious duo Drab Majesty are an intriguing entity. In the normal world, Andrew Clinco and Alex Nicolaou are no different to anyone else, lost in the anonymity of the featureless masses. But as an act, donning their androgynous stage personas of Deb Demure and Mona D, they become something much more. Clinco, or Demure if you prefer, is the driving force of Drab Majesty and has been since debut album Careless arrived in 2015, and third album Modern Mirror was put together as he relocated from LA to Athens for a creative period in late 2017.