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This is heady stuff and perhaps one of the reasons that the band’s debut full-length — which also features bassist-vocalist Kurt Kubla and drummer Nathan Kunz and will be released Oct. 23 — has a bit of a ’90s vibe to it, which was an era when rockers tended to delve into deep thoughts with often angsty results.
Still, these particular deep thoughts came from an honest place for Drebit. In 2018, his first child was born, an event that had an understandably bewildering impact on the writer.
“It’s the first time that I really felt like I had skin in the game as a person and that, as a person, I was going to try and make things better,” Drebit says. “I look at that little guy sleeping in his crib. You just look at a baby sleeping. it’s one of the most perfect things in the world. It’s just like clockwork: the breathing in, just how happy and content they are. I just realized in that moment, I don’t want there to be a world that will crush him.”
So Drebit took on a lot of self-reflection in his lyrics, even as they tackled some universally profound questions about mortality — such as on the charging grunge numbers 27 Club and Rockin’ (To Our Graves) — or the search for identity found on soaring opener Grand Distraction. Laughing on Mute, while written before the COVID-19 pandemic, seems particularly resonant with its basic plea to treat each other better.
“It’s kind of eerie now playing that song how much closer it feels like the theme of it is getting,” he says.