The Sounds of DRAMA SCREAM
Drama Scream is a hard rock band from Endicott, NY. Drama Scream released their debut album "Built To Follow." Pulling influences from all aspects of hard rock and metal. Drama Scream combines gutsy screams with melodic vocals. From upbeat to dark and scary riffs, they live up to their name.
By Kreig Marks, September 2023
Kreig: Hi Lauren. Welcome to Tru Rock Revival and congratulations on the success so far with Drama Scream. Tell me a bit about the band. Let's get a history lesson.
Lauren: Steve and I had been trying to find musicians to play original music for a year or two before the band was created. In 2016 we had enough music to have some friends help us get our album started in the studio. In 2017 our lineup began to solidify. It started with our bassist, Greg, when we found out he no longer was in a band. We sent him the tracks and the rest was history. In Fall of 2017 we started auditioning drummers and Justin was our first and only audition. He came in knowing all our music and surpassed our expectations. So the true start of Drama Scream was by 2017.
Kreig: So far, the band has put out 3 albums; Built to Follow, In Your Mind, and Revive. Has it been a challenge to write and evolve as a band and not lose track of the goals you've established?
Lauren: Honestly I feel like it has only gotten better. We learn from ourselves with each song we create. We still have moments where we look back and say, "I wouldn't write that song now," but I think that's the cool part about music, when you can hear the growth of the band as you go, and pull in different influences. Our goals haven't changed but the pathway to accomplish them has. We know that social media is a major influence, and the challenge for us is to find a way to promote ourselves without giving everything away.
Kreig: Back to the music, who is the primary songwriter in the band? Do you all contribute?
Lauren: Steve is the primary songwriter of the band, Justin and Greg do come up with ideas, but Steve takes the ideas and turns them into an entire song. I write all the lyrics and melodies.
Kreig: As a kid, who were you listening to? When did you discover your voice? Who are your influences when you get in the recording studio or on the stage?
Lauren: As a little kid I listened to classic rock and 90's rock, Pat Benatar, Jewel, Alanis Morisette, and The Rolling Stones were my first memories of rock. Bands like Linkin Park, Killswitch, Engage, and Flyleaf were huge influences on me...also Halestorm. I thought I found my voice when I was 14, but I feel like I am still evolving as a singer, and my voice goes through changes where I pull from all different genres. Vocally in the studio I just want to sound like me, so I don't have any one vocalist in mind when it comes to singing, my screams on the other hand... I've been listening to "In Flames" and am really starting to dive into some different techniques.
Kreig: What's been your biggest thrill so far with the band?
Lauren: My biggest thrill is seeing the crowd singing our songs back to us. I don't think that is something I will ever get over.
Kreig: Must be great to see that. Let's hear about one of those shows where everything seemed to follow the "Oh crap, what else is gonna happen?" path.
Lauren: Well....when we first started out before we knew it was okay to pass on some shows. We agreed to play a "festival." When we arrived at the outdoor venue, we realized the setup was less than ideal for sound support and stage. The stage was not stable so when we were setting up we were having issues with trying not to fall, then once we started playing, I was getting shocked by my microphone. I had to wrap my shirt around the microphone in order to sing. Needless to say we cut our set short and learned some very valuable lessons.
Kreig: Away from the band, what are your interests? What are you listening to?
Lauren: Away from the band, I love being outdoors, running, and being with my dog. I'm currently listening to: Bleed From Within, Tool, Seether and Thornhil.
Kreig: All great bands. What's on the calendar for you and the band for the rest of the year and going into next year?
Lauren: Right now we are in the process of finalizing the rest of our year, so we can't announce too much, but we will be busy, so keep your eyes on us.
Kreig: Is there anyone you'd like to thank or give a shout out to?
I'd like to thank our families, friends and fans, we would not be here without the support and kindness of others.
Kreig Marks, Publisher / Founder TRR
Kreig Marks is the Founder/Publisher of Tru Rock Revival Magazine.
Rock music has always been his passion, and promoting musicians. In is spare time he is an internationally recognized neuro-fitness trainer/ kinesiologist. His latest passion is the creation of the Day of Rock festival in Asheville, NC.