A red tinted portrait of Spencer Draeger of Dräger
photo by Andrew Segreti

photo by Andrew Segreti

Dräger "Freaks Of Nature"

The brand new single from Dräger "Freaks Of Nature" is a call to the anxiously disaffected to find their way to the dance floor, let loose, and discover their inner freak.

Written by Melissa Castro

Dräger is a product of the digital age, using sounds of the past to talk about the future. Musically Dräger, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist producer Spencer Draeger, is infectious synth-driven pop that creates the perfect setting for Draeger’s soaring, multi-octave vocal range. Lyrically, Dräger uses a wry, satirical wit to explore themes of love, alienation, narcissism and anxiety in a technology-driven society. Dräger’s music is the rare successful combination of music that you can dance and lose your mind to, but will also make you think. Today, Dräger is back with their second single for Cell Laboratories, “Freaks Of Nature”.

Drager "Freaks Of Nature" (Official Audio)

Following on from the success of the dystopian love song “Wolf” (and the self-directed music video for the same), “Freaks Of Nature” contrasts minimal, synth-driven verses with blissful choruses that feature a vocal melody that will lift the listener into fits of auditory ecstasy. Lyrically, the song is, according to Draeger, “Inspired by the insecurities and visceral antics of the freaks we become when we are out. With sexy but stark dance-inspired verses and a contrasting and uplifting, psychedelic chorus the structure showcases how volatile and strange we can get when the moon’s out.” Though initially worrying that the chorus was too poppy for the edgy sound of the verses, he decided to let it go, saying “I remember my roommate was humming it in the shower, probably after hearing me work on it too much, and then I knew I nailed it. I’m most proud of how contrasting it is without sounding like two different songs.”

A black and white portrait of Spencer Draeger standing on the street next to an old TV.
photo by Georgia Mitroupolos

photo by Georgia Mitroupolos

Dräger emerged from the ashes of Spencer Draeger’s previous band, celebrated psych rock band The Midnight Hollow. Draeger wanted to create a clean slate to reflect and develop his changing interests and ideas about songwriting. He was feeling constrained by collaborators who weren’t interested in playing “vulnerable music” or contributing to his guilty pleasure of dancier and synth based stuff. “I just found myself to be at my best when I wrote a song for myself rather than the other members in a band.” says Draeger. “I think art is a selfish act and when it becomes a democracy nothing really gets done.” With the band on hiatus, Draeger spent most of 2018 in his bedroom studio tweaking sounds and writing songs. It’s hard to believe that such a densely layered, edgy, wall of sound could emerge from a tiny bedroom, but in addition to being a talented singer and songwriter, Spencer is an excellent producer.

A live photo of Spencer Draeger (of Dräger) singing into a microphone in an emotive fashion.
photo by Sabrina Hamady

photo by Sabrina Hamady

In late 2018 Draeger teamed up with Erik Tonneson of Holy Ghost! to help form a 5 piece band and take to the stage. Playing concerts all over New York City, Dräger has quickly developed a loyal following and a reputation for an intense live show. The city has had a profound influence on Spencer, and he feels at peace amidst the chaos. “I think the night life and the vapid territory of excess that comes with it in a way has added a cynical and sarcastic twist on some songs that are ironically written for a party environment.” says Draeger. He continues, “The spontaneity of just going to the bodega and who you might see on the walk there can turn your whole night around, and sometimes inspire entire songs. I think spontaneity is the key to staying young, most I know here never really grow into a stereotype—they just kind of continue on their own path and that’s beautiful. I continue to play music maybe because of living here.”

You can stream or purchase Dräger's new single "Freaks Of Nature" via the link below.

Dräger "Freaks Of Nature"