Glasgow’s unusual suspects Dragged Up are an off-kilter psych-garage proto-grunge band with a spoken word element, founded in late 2018 by Eva Gnatiuk (Violent Butlins) with Simon Shaw (Trembling Bells) and writer Lisa Jones. Chas Lalli (Vom) and Stephen Mors (The Owsley Sunshine) joined in 2019 and 2022 respectively.

Hot on the heels of the 2023 Hex Domestic EP and the single ‘Missing Person’, Dragged Up are set to release their second album, High On Ripple.

With previous releases having gained rave print and online reviews and a cult following throughout the UK, US and Europe, the band are ready to unleash their new album on vinyl, cassette, CD and digital formats on April 5, with pre-orders having started on March 1.

Drawing its title from the teenage trash-talk of Martin Scorsese’s 1974 movie Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, High On Ripple sees Dragged Up expanding on the lo-fi garage scuzz of their debut with Sabbath-esque doom (‘Professor Boo Boo’), ethereal spoken word (‘Die Tryin’’) and deconstructed glam-punk (‘Young Person’s Guide’). The album’s cover painting and linocut, created by guitarist Eva, was inspired by the work of Japanese woodcut artists such as Hiroshige II. The design works in tandem with the album’s post-prog closer ‘Third Level’, using mythological imagery to depict Western culture’s disharmony with nature.

High On Ripple was recorded by Robbie Wilson (The Kundalini Genie) and Chris Geddes (Belle and Sebastian), mixed by Tommy Duffin (The Cosmic Dead) and mastered by Sam Smith at Glasgow’s legendary Green Door Studio.

High On Ripple is released on April 5 via Rare Vitamin Records and Cruel Nature and can be pre-ordered HERE

Dragged up are scraping around on tour throughout March, April and May
 
March 29 – Glasgow, Glad Cafe – supporting Objections
April 11 – Glasgow, Stereo – supporting House of All
April 20 – Perth, Twa Tams – with Quitter and The Froobz
May 2 – Preston, The Ferret – with Black Shape and Pill Fangs
May 3 – Manchester, Big Hands May 4th – Bradford, The Underground with Ginnel
May 5 – Sunderland, Museum Vaults
 
For up-to-date live dates click HERE

 

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