Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, hardcore trio DRAIN finally unveil their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘LIVING PROOF’ via Epitaph Records.
Produced by longtime friend and multi-instrumentalist Taylor Young (God’s Hate, Suicide Silence) and mixed by Jon Markson (Drug Church, Koyo), LIVING PROOF injects a serious dose of relatability—not to mention catchiness—into hardcore’s penchant for toughness and brutality. With his face perpetually glued in a grin, vocalist Sammy Ciaramitaro’s snotty howl rides roughshod over thrash-leaning riffage as rhythms bounce in a big way. It isn’t just a good time as Sammy presides over the chaos of stagediving bodies and mic-grabbing frontline; it’s a party—and everyone is invited.
“I hope with this record that when someone hears it, it gives them hope,” Ciaramitaro beams. “This is the soundtrack of perseverance and people overcoming the naysayers in their world and inside themselves. I can’t wait to play these songs and hear a room full of people singing back to us. We’re what the title says, the Living Proof.”
Stemming from humble DIY beginnings, the band built their scene alongside friends who would go on to form bands like Scowl, Gulch, and Sunami. In the process of paving the way for hardcore to thrive in their beach town of Santa Cruz, CA, they’ve cemented a legacy that transcends their California roots. After signing to Epitaph in 2021 and dropping their standout label debut, “Watch You Burn,” DRAIN made their live European debut and headlined the first night of 2022’s landmark Sound and Fury festival; playing to 6,000 kids keyed up to welcome the next generation of hardcore royalty. With their dynamic live shows and positive energy propelling them to peak underground popularity, their upcoming album is a testament to the hard work and heartfelt ethos that’s at the center of DRAIN’s good-time psyche.