Local rock band DRAUCKER has been tearing it up around town and beyond for years, and they’ve been building an audience steadily the entire time. They’ve got a family dynamic that’s unmistakable, and their songs are heartfelt and authentic stylistically. Recently, the group has started to play live again after not having done so for a while amid the pandemic.
Ahead of their show at Coach’s Corner on Sat., September 19, we caught up with the band to see what they’ve been up to over the last several months.
Tell me about what y’all have been up to since the pandemic began?
Chris Draucker: Well we have continued to write music, rehearse and have limited shows. We are continuously developing content for our fan base. We had the honor of being invited to Quarantine Concerts last April which was a great success! You can catch the entire concert on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
It’s a difficult time for everyone, but for those of us in music it’s certainly been a strange year. I do feel like there are things in music that I took for granted before the pandemic. What’s one thing y’all feel like you appreciate more now that things are much more limited in terms of shows?
Nick Draucker: I’ve realized how we took playing live for granted in the past playing several shows a week. The absence of the live atmosphere made me eager to get back to the roots of writing, practicing and fine tuning my skills. Now, as we are playing more and more live venues, I feel more connected to myself, my music and to the audience.
Has this uncertain time informed your writing/composing at all?
CD: We have not really written specific songs in response to the pandemic. We have always focused on writing and producing excellent music that promotes positivity and goodness. We’re family based so we want our fans to become a part of that through the music.
It must be great to be able to play live again. What are you most looking forward to in regard to the Coach’s show? Any particular songs you’re excited to play?
ND: I’m most excited to present some of our new original songs and to see our friends and fans! We’re also playing Friday night, Sep. 18 at Flashbacks in Richmond Hill! It’s always a great time at both of these venues.
What’s next for DRAUCKER? Anything our readers should look out for in the coming months?
CD: We have aspirations to launch a whole new era of DRAUCKER. This would present a more raw, internal look into the sophisticated struggles and successes of humanity. We want our music to turn your head and jerk you out of your comfort zone.
That being said, we are working on releasing some of the covers we do in the live shows, as well as producing some brand new music. We are moving into a different phase professionally as we continue on our journey to be one of the most sought after bands around.