Based in a city known for stagnation and business as usual, Washington DC’s Drop Electric exists to break the mold. Drop Electric’s music is a manic barrage of soaring female vocals, distortion, tribal percussion, and electronic bleeps, controlled by structured, dynamic songwriting. Ramtin Arablouei, Neel Singh, Sho Fujiwara and Kristina Reznikov’s shared experiences as children of immigrant families contribute to an air of vague unfamiliarity in their music.
In 2013, the four members of Drop Electric sat down to record songs that would eventually become Waking Up to the Fire. The result is a bass heavy, electronic collection of songs. Like past Drop Electric releases, the songs on Waking Up to the Fire have a cinematic quality while Reznikov’s voice and lyrics convey a sense of desperation in an increasingly disconnected world.
Drop Electric’s new album Waking Up to the Fire is out October 22nd on Lefse Records. In the mean time, Drop Electric are busy touring this summer and of course, we had to get all the deets! Check it out.
What is the strangest thing a fan has done for you at your show?
Someone once made a bouquet of flowers entirely out of glow sticks for Kristina (our guitarist/singer) and threw it on stage. The complexity of the piece was fascinating. I think we still have it somewhere.
What is the funniest moment you have had as a band so far?
Probably opening for Pretty Lights at an apple factory in Winchester, Virginia. There was a hula hooping class happening during our sound check. Meanwhile, a drunken vagrant made his way into the venue and kept yelling at us to be the “next Led Zeppelin.” I guess that is funny and sort of disturbing. Winchester is a beautiful city.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
If you could describe your music in one word, what would it be?
How do you connect with a crowd?
Playing loud. We generally don’t do any banter on stage. None of us like to talk in front of lots of people. Instead, we just play loudly and hope some people in the crowd like it. We also want audience members to connect with our original live films that are projected onto a screen behind us.
How did you come up with your band name?
We had a first gig coming up but no band name. While sitting in our guitarist’s backyard, we threw together two word combinations until we landed on one that sounded acceptable. This system worked for us because no one else has picked such a stupid band name.
What are 3 songs you’ve had on repeat lately?
Gold Panda — “Quitter’s Raga”
Nosaj Thing — “Light #1”
Battles — “Atlas”
Grab your tickets to see Drop Electric at the Black Cat on Saturday, July 20!