Shoegaze rockers Drift unveiled crushing new ballad Begin

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Shoegaze rockers Drift unveiled crushing new ballad Begin

words by kaya martin

Drift's fresh and vivacious energy shines on their latest single.

The Wollongong four-piece, made up of Callum McCombie, Nelson Thurgate, Ruben Dragone and Marley Mondzheyovsky, may be newcomers on the scene, but what they lack in history, they make up for in heart.

With the release of their fourth official single Begin, the band has set themselves up on a trajectory to become a fighting force in the alt-rock scene.

Drift Upcoming 2023 Tour Dates

  • June 3 – single launch w/ Buster Racket Head and Pictures With Yuki, Seeker Brewing, Unanderra
  • June 9 – w/ Twine in support of Dust, OAF Gallery Bar, Sydney
  • Tickets are on sale now

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Bringing together jangly guitar, hard-hitting drums and reverb-drenched vocals, the song has the same beloved melancholy of the band’s emo and shoegaze influences with a signature Drift touch.

McCombie’s powerful voice plunges through the wall of music with a simple but impactful melody just begging for a crowd sing-a-long. With the lyrics, he encapsulates the bittersweet feeling of losing someone close to you and envisioning a new future coming up from the ashes.

“Begin was written from the depths of that feeling of wanting to hold onto something or someone you love so much that it becomes a detriment,” says vocalist Callum McCombie.

“Begin is trying to start again. A new beginning was the end of this period for me, and was a great step towards improving myself and the situation.”

In the accompanying video, the band jams out in a rehearsal room (a nod to their humble beginnings) while the angel and the devil play a dream-like chess match in the cutaways. It’s the perfect abstract visualiser of the song, which evokes a warm but conflicting feeling.

With sold-out hometown shows, a tour with alt-rockers TOTTY and an appearance at Sydney’s Glider Festival festival behind them, it’s clear Drift has been keeping busy since their inception in 2020.

With Begin, they’re giving listeners the first taste of a debut EP, set to drop sometime later this year. If the single is anything to go by, we’ll be keeping a keen ear out for updates.

Begin is streaming on all platforms. Grab tickets to the single launch show here or follow Drift on Spotify here

This article was made in partnership with Drift.