Dramarama is still going strong
By Naughty Mickie

Mike Davis has been the bassist for Dramarama for 23 years and has seen his share of the band’s ups and downs, however, 2020 has been unlike anything before, threatening to bring the entire music industry to a dead stop. But to their fans’ delight, Dramarama has released a new album and shows no signs of slowing down.

I caught up with Mike and had a great chat about the album, the band and the music industry.

DB: Tell me about Dramarama’s new effort.

MD: It was released May 1st. It’s called “Colored TV” and it’s awesome. We’re really excited about it. We’re signed by a label called Pasadena Records. They’ve done some publicity and we had some really good writeups on it. It was doing really well, but we can’t support it, our shows this year got canceled.

DB: What was the writing process?

MD: It’s been a while since we released our last record and it’s a compilation of all the stuff we’ve been doing the last 10 years or so. Johnny (Easdale), he’s our primary writer, and we have a really good friend who owns the Village Recorders and he’s very generous, he gave us some session time and we put together this really great record. Again, it took a long time to put it together, but if you listen to it I think it goes back to old school. The whole record plays together, sequence is really important, start to finish and it tells a story. It’s like the old days when we used to buy records and listen to them, not just listen to songs, listen to records. To me, that’s one of the hidden gems about it is the sequencing and the way the songs are woven together. I think it’s awesome. We’re really proud of it.

DB: How long did it take to record “Color TV”?

MD: It’s been on and off for 10 years. It wasn’t something where we said we’re going to go record a new record, it was like here’s a couple of ideas, let’s put this down, let’s put this down, let’s do this and then we finally got it together. We had no restrictions, like you’ve gotta do this, it’s all on our own time. We had the luxury of that to make it the way we really wanted to make it.


DB: What do you think is the secret to Dramarama’s longevity?

MD: Mostly we’ve been blessed with a good song, that big hit (“Anything, Anything”), and I think that’s the thing that keeps people and how we get new fans. It’s still on the radio. That’s quite an achievement in itself and I think when people hear that song it’s pretty timeless, it doesn’t lose its sense of urgency. So when people hear that song, “Wow, what’s that band?” And if we’re blessed to get those people to our shows then it’s up to us to seal the deal. Live, we definitely have more of a rock and roll/punk edge to us. People are surprised when they see us play. And along the way they hear songs that they know. That’s why we’re still hanging in there.

DB: How has Covid-19 affected the music industry?

MD: It killed it. It’s not even a trickle down, it’s a waterfall because there’s so many facets to the entertainment business. I have so many friends who are struggling, all the way from my friends who do cover bands as a living. They’re used to playing music five-six nights a week and now they’re not playing at all and that’s the main source of their income. The bartenders, the club owners, one of my good friends was an accountant at Live Nation, she got let go. I have no words because it hurts too much to talk about it.

DB: What do you see in the future after the pandemic?

MD: I still hold fast to the hope that we can go back to doing concerts and all that and how things used to be, but I don’t know if - with the past psychology - people will be into doing that anymore. It’s a sociological pandemic as well because the way people think and the culture. I think the longterm effects of whatever mental stress we’re going through are going to be worse than the physical trauma that we have to deal with.

DB: What’s in the future for Dramarama?

MD: We’re just pretending this whole year never happened and then we hope we can get out there and play. The real strategy is you can’t really box time because when the record came out people were so excited about it and if we were able to actually go and play then it would have been amazing, but now we’re going to have to say “Remember how last year you were so excited about the record? Try to be excited again.” (laughs) That’s never going to happen and we’ll never recapture that. We’re dying to play the new record. We worked hard on it and it sounds amazing. It has a lot of peaks and valleys and tells a lot of stories. We want to go play.

Catch up on all the Dramarama music and news at www.dramarama.us/

No. Title Length
1. "Beneath The Zenith" 3:57
2. "Up To Here" 3:45
3. "The Cassette" 3:30
4. "Swamp Song" 4:30
5. "It's Only Money" 4:33
6. "Abandoned Love" 4:15
7. "What's Your Sign" 3:00
8. "Everyday" 3:28
9. "Hold Me Tonight" 4:48
10. "The Only Thing (Stupid/Brilliant)" 5:02
11. "You, You, You" 3:59
12. "Half Right" 5:35

  • Release:  May 1st, 2020
    Pasadena Records
Dramarama - “Colored TV” 

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