Meet Local Drags, America’s least known power pop sensation. Local in their case would be Springfield, Illinois. Not sure what the Drags part refers to, but it definitely isn’t the songs that make up the band's new album, 'Keep me Glued'. Following up on 2019’s ‘Shit’s Lookin’ Up’, the band’s sophomore outing is loud, to the point and sonically soothing. The album won't be out until this Friday on Stardumb Records (pre-order HERE), but you can already listen to it in its entirety below.
On this outing Local Drags consists of songwriter Lanny Durbin plus Carter Bibb and Fred Malcom. Being three quarters of their other band Starter Jackets, Local Drags shares some DNA, though what was born is a more laid back and stripped out thing. The songs on ‘Keep Me Glued’ share an overarching theme of finding something good to hang onto in a real drag of a time, keeping it together however you gotta do it. Something we can all relate to now more than ever.
The sound brings to mind garage-esque indie rock that taps from the same vein as the Replacements, Gin Blossoms, or Teenage Fanclub filtered through Dirtnap-style American power pop/punk. The album was recorded and produced by Luke McNeill (The Copyrights, Starter Jackets, Hospital Job) at his Capitol City Recording studio.