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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the British post-punk trio features contributions from Chris Duffin of XAM Duo.
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  1. May 30, 2019
    80
    Brown addresses alienation, identity, the lure of the spectacle, religion but she does so with an oblique approach to words that mirrors Drahla’s approach to their music. If this all sounds very serious be assured that Useless Connections is an album that, above all, rocks.
  2. May 8, 2019
    80
    Useless Coordinates is not perfect, and there are some flat moments, such as ‘Unwound’ which is very artrock-by-numbers, but overall this is an album which kicks arse and promises much for the future from a band clearly enamoured with the idea of challenging themselves and their audience.
  3. Drahla’s melodies are gnarled and resist locking together at all costs; warped pop songs emerge out of the gloom. This is a meticulous debut that juggles razor-sharp control with barely contained chaos.
  4. May 24, 2019
    80
    This opening statement from a band emerging as one of Britain’s most inspired and uncompromising, could just be a strong starting step in a vivid and unconventional journey.
  5. May 6, 2019
    77
    Brown’s the sort of singer who’s starting a new sentence before finishing the previous one, and she seems less interested in our apocalyptic headlines themselves than in how we receive them.
  6. Jun 12, 2019
    75
    Useless Coordinates is not a new approach but a refashioning of past ideas as a powerful, vibrant tool to question the world through art. Drahla has nailed this concept.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jun 14, 2019
    60
    The album is so cacophonous that it borders on the unpleasant. Yet there are redemptive moments. [Summer 2019, p.111]

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