Electronic, Industrial, Alternative, Rock
“I often feel disconnected, or alienated” says Adam Drew. “As much from myself as from the rest of the world. Music is how I get in touch with myself, and how I bridge that to the outside world.” The Religion is the solo music project of Adam Drew, who writes, performs, and records almost everything himself. “I like collaborating with other people, but I also like to have an undiluted and pure musical outlet. I guess I kind of need that.” Drew, a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, bass, keyboard, and ukulele has been playing and recording music solo and in bands for 20 years. With The Religion, Drew has set himself free to experiment, and to explore different sounds. “I don’t worry about genre, or what something ‘should’ sound like. I do what I want, and I express myself musically without any barriers.” The Religion’s music spans widely from electronic synths and beats, to acoustic guitar and piano. Somehow Drew manages to take elements as disparate as over-driven guitar and ukulele, or distorted synth bass and xylophone, and make them work together – with seeming effortlessness. “I sometimes ask ‘what shouldn’t work here?’ and then I do it anyway.” With a sound that has been compared to classic bands such as Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and Garbage its only natural that labels like “industrial rock,” “new wave,” and “synth rock” have been thrown at The Religion, but Drew has no use for them: “I don’t worry about any of that – genres, and what not. I don’t think about it. I just try to express something real, something authentic, and hope that it reaches someone, that it connects. That’s what it’s all about to me.” The Religion’s first release, Fragments, is available on all major streaming and digital services (Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon MP3, and Groove).
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