Drag Sounds

Durham, NC

DragSounds

Currently based in North Carolina, the itinerant vagabonds of Drag Sounds have long been a fixture of Triangle dive bars thanks to the trio’s rough-hewn rock. Taking obvious influence from proto-punk and punk pioneers like The Velvet Underground and Television, vocalists and guitarists Mike Wallace and Trevor Reece deliver barstool poetry (“talking’s no good but neither is nothing”) in insouciant yelps over chiming guitars, while drummer Ezra Noble provides the hip-shaking backbone. At times, Drag Sounds swipe the Stones’ seedy ’70s boogie or borrow a bit of modern indie charm, content to cleverly channel inspirations without attempting to reinvent rock.