DRAFTDAY prove they’re not just another metal band with new single ‘Misspent’

Having found success on Triple J’s airwaves with singles Soap and En Soi, Darwin’s pop-punk band DRAFTDAY are back with their freshly released single Misspent.

Having freed themselves of any restraints and channelling a heavier sound, Misspent is an honest deep dive into all that mentally ensues after being hurt.

Band members Arran Barker (Vocals), Lucas Sharp (Guitar), Manolis Kamitsis (Bass), Rowan Dally (Drums) and Tom Ford (Guitar) look to channel a sound somewhere between Trophy Eyes and Gang of Youths, proving that not all bands from Darwin are metal acts.

Having come together in late 2018, the band has taken leaps and bounds having supported Melbourne’s metalcore act Belle Haven on their ‘Forget Me Not’ Tour in Darwin as well as The Smith Street Band.

While building their audience through live shows and releases, DRAFTDAY spent the entirety of 2019 writing, self-producing and recording their debut EP When I Went Away which is set for release in May.

We get to know DRAFTDAY better as lead singer Arran takes us through the band’s Top 5; including road trip playlist essentials and some of the artists they’re most excited about!


Top 5 albums that have shaped your sound

  • ‘Chemical Miracle’ Trophy Eyes
  • ‘Drag it Down on You’ Ceres
  • ‘Blush’ Moose Blood
  • ‘Feel Something’ Movements
  • ‘Go Farther in Lightness’ Gang of Youths

Top 5 Female Artists you are loving right now

  • Soccer Mommy
  • Emma Louise
  • Purient
  • Csoke
  • Locate s,1

Top 5 shows you’ve seen recently

  • The 1975
  • Wage War
  • No Mono
  • Knocked Loose
  • Cub Sport

Top 5 artists you’re excited about

  • Loathe
  • DIIV
  • Slowthai
  • Paradise Club
  • Ocean Grove

Top 5 Dream venues you want to play

  • Enmore Theatre
  • La La La’s Wollongong
  • Crowbar
  • O2 Academy
  • Barrowlands

Top 5 Guilty Pleasure Movies

  • She’s the Man
  • Lost Boys 
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Mean Girls

Top 5 must know road trip songs

  • ‘Break Stuff’ Limp Bizkit
  • ‘500 Miles’ The Proclaimers – (for fans of How I met your Mother)
  • Any of Bob Dylan’s early catalogue, ‘Times are a changin’ is a personal favourite
  • ‘December’ Neck Deep, a true Pop Punk singalong
  • ‘So, I’m Growing old on Magic Mountain’ Father John Misty, this one is perfect for a little reflective moment. 

Alongside the single release, DRAFTDAY have also dropped its accompanying, visually stimulating music video. Check out Misspent below!

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