By Lisa Burke
The dramedy is a punk-infused hard rock band consisting of only two members, vocalist/guitarist Dave Davids and drummer Abby Vester. Davids masterminds all guitar, vocals and lyrics in a very unique yet classic way. In explanation of the lower-case ‘d’ in the band’s name, Davids has stated the subjects he writes about are usually based on experiences an average person goes through at a very young age, experiences that contribute to one’s coming of age. The lower-case ‘d’ is his way of signifying youthful innocence.
Any time you can create a complete sound without your traditional abundance of instrumentation, the creativity shines through, as is the case with this duo. Abby Vester has a very strong approach to the drums with a dynamic old-school garage punk sound that mixes well with the vocal stylings. After viewing them live and listening to their recently released double A-side cassette single featuring two songs ‘Not The Only One’ and ‘Ring For Two’ complete with three live downloads ‘Dead Cool’, ‘Rejection Piece’, and ‘Lights (where do you go)’, it is clear these two are full of talent, and headed in the right direction. I particularly enjoy the lighthearted spirit of the vocals mixed with the dramatically meaningful and at times comical lyrics. My favorites are ‘Lights (Where Did You Go)’ for its funny lyrics and catchy sound, and ‘Not The Only One’ for its creative guitar-playing and flawless transitions.
When watching The dramedy as a live band, you can be sure there is never a dull moment as the dynamic stage presence of these two is sure to draw new fans with every performance. They can command a large stage as well as a small one and the old-school punk rock/alternative vibes flow smoothly. On that note, I will leave you with the incentive to grab a copy of the cassette while it lasts as they are only issuing out 200 copies at the moment, and it comes with digital download codes, so those that threw away their cassette players years ago need not worry. The dramedy will be performing in the Los Angeles area and beyond in the near future, so in addition to grabbing this double A-side single you are also encouraged to catch them live.