Local rock band DRAUCKER is comprised of three siblings and two friends, and they’ve been making quite the name for themselves over the past several years playing around town. Years of honing their craft with cover songs and originals has led them to Good to Talk To, their first EP of original material. On the EP, siblings Sarah, Nick, and Chris Draucker—alongside bandmates Joseph Pilz and Tyler Weibel—focus on big hooks and infectious guitar riffs, and the songs are centered around Sarah's unique and powerful voice.
They’ll be celebrating the release with a big show at Coach’s Corner on May 3, and we spoke to guitarist and vocalist Chris Draucker to learn more about their history and the new project.
How long have the three of you been playing music together?
Draucker: I guess since we were little. We’d always dabbled in music together because we grew up in a musical family, but we started really playing together since I was a junior in high school. So that was probably about six years ago—it was at Calvary, doing worship band for chapel. That’s how we started playing together, and it grew from there.
Being in a band with my siblings, I definitely know that sort of indescribable connection you have musically. It’s pretty hard to define, but how would you describe that bond if you could?
Draucker: Well, I mean, we grew up like normal siblings—fighting with each other and doing the normal sibling thing. So when we got together and decided we were going to be a group, there was an automatic chemistry there. It’s really cool that I can look across the stage and see my little brother just absolutely shred. I left for my freshman year of college, and so when I came back I had a desire to play music live in a group. We started, and it was really cool to be a part of something like that.
Honestly, I can’t see it any other way because we have that kind of chemistry.
Being siblings, too, there really is no way you could ever really break up no matter how bad the arguments get.
Draucker: [laughs] Yeah!
What was the moment where you realized it was working and that you wanted to pursue the path that led to this EP?
Draucker: Starting off, we were an instrumental band. That’s all we did, was play blues and old rock and roll. There was kind of a falling out with a couple people, so me and my brother decided, “Okay, we have to figure this out without people who don’t think the way we do.” My sister was getting the bug—we were playing here and there, and she was really wanting to be a part of it. We found Tyler and Joe, and those guys are like my brothers now.
Nick and I were just pushing to play more, and we finally got a couple of gigs that helped propel other gigs. We were all talking about writing original material that whole time. I really couldn’t tell you where those songs come from, other than that they feel like they’re just gifts. Honestly, that’s how easy they were to write. They were like gifts that dropped on our laps.
Were they songs that you were working on over time and then you compiled them, or did you sit down with the intention of writing an EP?
Draucker: Yeah, we were writing these songs over time and then we finally got to the point where we felt like we had enough material.
So what’s the process like when you write? That can be a balance sometimes, when everybody’s bringing ideas to the table.
Draucker: Nick and I do pretty much all the writing, and we’re very much a guitar-heavy band. What happens is that I either think of a part or a vocal idea and we go off of that. This EP is kind of half my writing and half Nick’s writing. We’d show each other our ideas and then go, “What can we do to make this better?”
This project is really about relationships —what happens in them, how we react to them, and where we go [from there]. That kind of thing.