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Drew Roulette Says dredg’s New Album Will Have “More Aggression”, Band Also Working On Retrospective Release


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dredg‘s long-awaited follow-up 2011’s “Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy” is still coming together, according to the band’s bassist Drew Roulette. He spoke of that recently on theFIVE10 Podcast, while also touching on the band’s origins, their ‘natural’ hiatus and their forthcoming celebration of their past.

Regarding the latter, they are working on a audio visual scrapbook of sorts, compiling footage, photos and more from throughout their career. It’s expected out early next year. As for new material, dredg themselves reconnected several years ago to begin hashing out material for this new record and were making solid progress until the COVID-19 pandemic took the wind from their sails.

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When asked of how the new album is sounding, Roulette replied:

“The last record we did, ‘Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy‘ with Dan The Automator, was more electronically focused. And it didn’t seem [to capture] as much of the full potential of our rock personality. So no matter, what the record sounds like—the new one—it’s gonna feel like it’s more dredg again because of that… But at the same time, one thing that we’re also doing which has been really exciting is taking some old songs that we never finished, even from the “El Cielo” era.

Or, the other day I found this video clip of Dino playing this awesome beat in Studio 880 in Oakland in 1999; I brought that to the jam room and just played it and Mark [Engles, guitar] and I jammed to him, he wasn’t even there, but we’re just jamming to this beat that was written 20 years ago. So it’s this weird amalgamation of the past and the present that’s creating this new music. So that’s unique.”

“It’s exciting to get in there and just fuckin’ slam on the drums and make loud fuckin’ music and we love it and we’ve been doing that. So it’s gonna be a lot of that, more aggression.”

When asked how many new songs the band have, Roulette stated that there were around 20 demos and such laying around from songs that never made past records, while they had around 40 all-new song ideas. According to Roulette, the writing process continues for the outing.

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