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Electro-Pop duo Draco Draco present their debut EP - River Cry, alongside a Christmas charity pop song and video that brings together two of London's gay charities.
The record contains six stunningly diverse tracks that combine electro, house, EDM, soul and a touch of jazz.The result is six catchy pop anthems to fall in love with, to fall in love to, and to cry along to when someone breaks your heart. With references to the hedonism and hidden darkness of gay life in the big city, they're also potential dance floor-fillers with well-crafted lyrics that anyone could relate to who's ever fallen in love. They're pop songs for anyone with a heart.
Singer/songwriter Danny Polaris fell in love with his Jazz Singing Mum's record collection full of Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and Billie Holiday. Think Amy Winehouse and Jessie J mixed up with James Morrison and Tom Jones, stick it into 6'2 of Welshman and you'll get some idea of Danny's vibe and sound.
Danny Says: “These love songs were written from the heart - it's the only way I was able to write them, and the fact that I'm singing about boys is just natural and normal for me. These songs tell stories about love, loss, the excitement you feel when your eyes meet someone across a crowded room, and the hedonism and hidden darkness of gay life in the big city. They’re full of hope, full of love and I hope they fill you with the same.”
Success as a live artist
Danny has performed around the world, at venues and festivals in the UK, USA, Iceland, Spain, Germany and France, including Miami Beach Pride, London Pride, Stockholm Pride, Cabaret Berlin Barcelona, Shadow Lounge Soho, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The 100 Club London, Ministry of Sound and Supperclub.
Producer and instrumentalist David Whiting (http://thewit.ch) is the man behind cult hit Demoscene Time Machine, the dark sounds of Bow Church and the house/techno act Trisect. His previous duo Heretics played with some of the biggest names in the goth scene from 2011-2013.
David says: "I met Danny earlier this year and it's been really exciting to make this record. I've never worked with a voice like his before, so I've had the opportunity to cover lots of new ground with my productions. With Draco Draco I wanted to apply the same DIY ethic I've always had towards the world of radio-friendly pop music, and as a result we've ended up with a sound that's quite unique."
Draco Draco are unsigned, with no financial backing, management or sponsor; "we do everything ourselves, and this can be tough, especially with one of us in London and one of us in Berlin." says Danny. "We could really use a bit of help to finish our album, but if we don't get it, we'll carry on as we are and keep doing bedroom takes and low-cost flights for as long as it takes."
Christmas Charity Single
Finishing off the last of the EP tracks so close to the Christmas season struck the guys with some festive inspiration, resulting in the birth of 'December the 20something,' a kitsch, classic Christmas pop song and video - a charity record with 100% of proceeds split equally between GMFA and Albert Kennedy Trust.
Matthew Hodson, Chief Executive of GMFA says: “I’m thrilled that Draco Draco have chosen to support both GMFA and the Albert Kennedy Trust with the release of ‘December the 20something’. As small charities, serving LGBT communities, we rely on the support of these same people to ensure that we can help as many as possible and I’m delighted to join forces this Christmas.”
‘At GMFA we have seen that we can make clear changes in the way that our community thinks about HIV and HIV risk by providing information in an accessible way. In the UK 65 gay men are diagnosed with HIV every week, and the lives of those of us living with HIV are still blighted by stigma. GMFA’s education work improves gay men’s sexual health and challenges HIV stigma. Community support makes this work possible. As the song says, ‘Give with love’.”
Tim Sigsworth, Chief Executive of AKT says: “We’re very grateful for the support of Draco Draco with this fantastic Christmas single. This invaluable support will help The Albert Kennedy Trust get young people off the streets. We know that right now, 4,800 young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are homeless on our streets, or living in hostile environments. It’s unacceptable. There should be no room for hate. Everybody supporting this fantastic gesture by Draco Draco can be assured they are helping young LGBT people across the country. Thank you!”
Live launch: Danny sings December 20something live on Dec 3rd at Shadow Lounge, at launch party for new London gay news and reviews site, GayLondon Draco Draco - River Cry is available on iTunes, Bandcamp and Spotify.
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EP LINK: Draco Draco, Rivery Cry EP: http://www.dracodraco.com
VIDEO LINK: http://tinyurl.com/ovrgt33
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