The Local 913: Drauve
"I have absolutely no idea what I would be doing with my life if I didn’t have music. I’d just be this big ball of anxiety and sadness," says Victoria Draovitch, front woman for the Pittsburgh dream pop band Drauve. She’s quick to point to what draws her to that dreamy kind of music. "The jangly guitars!" she exclaims, "I don’t have a loftier answer other than that. I’ve just always loved it for that reason." You can hear that 80’s new wave influence all over their music and, as Draovitch points out, that’s the point. "Whenever I write," she says, "I am thinking about The Cure. I am thinking about The Smiths. I am thinking about all the bands that came from that era and incorporating that sound that influenced me so heavily growing up with more of the indie pop/dream pop sounds of today."
A typical Drauve song starts with an idea and a bare bones sketch from Draovitch who then looks to her band for more inspiration. "I can’t conceive the same kind of guitar parts that Steve [Grzenda, guitarist] can and when he throws in those guitar parts, the song just takes on a new and, often times, much better life than my original demo," says Draovitch. "My demos are pretty rudimentary and then when the guys come in, they make it really spectacular." Drauve’s music is spectacular. It’s lush and dreamy and helpful for people who, like us all, are going through something. Take the song “Haunted” for example. "I actually never intended for anyone to hear that song," she says. "The song is about my obsessive compulsive disorder and I was having a really rough time and just needed to get it out there. But, then that line ‘Tell me why I’m haunted / Tell me why I’m haunted by regret / a face I never met’ that just kept sticking with me. I hope that people can listen to it and, you know, find some solace if they are struggling; if they, too, feel haunted by something."