In a state as big as Texas, you’re bound to unearth some gems within music. While we may contend that the state has more than just a couple of unpolished stones, there’s plenty of artists who make sure that guitar music doesn’t fade into obscurity. When we met Mikey Drag the first time, he was in a band called Mikey And The Drags. A spirited garage rock band that had all of the lustre of the Australian garage rock scene we got to know him over the years because of that band’s raucous live shows. Promoter, DJ and label owner, Drag is a guy that is a lot like an onion. The more you peel, the more you get. That’s why we spoke to him for our podcast, Self Released Songs.
While it was a known thing that Drag wasn’t originally from Houston nor was Mikey And The Drags his first band, we weren’t aware of how it all started. Growing up in San Antonio in a family that wasn’t full of musicians, he grew to love doo wop music he heard his grandmother play on the radio. Picking up guitar in his teens and joining a pop punk band, he went on to move to Houston and join a popular indie rock band The Mackenzies.
However The Drags is what was so impressive. Donning era appropriate clothes, playing the right gear the band was like if The Mummies mixed with Australia’s The Atlantics. There was just something magical that fell upon all three of their albums. In this era Drag would also be in various projects, most notably The Phantom Royals. But it was also his ability to book international touring artists, drop sixties inspired DJ nights and build a scene in a city where the scene never really existed.
Moving on from The Drags, Mikey formed a new record label with Corey Savage called Wallflower while also forming a new band Flower Graves. While Wallflower releases music they like without really sticking to one genre, Flower Graves drips with a mix of psych tones and seventies swagger that in many ways has its own sound. Their debut album Living In Disguise was one of this magazine’s favorite releases last year. While the band just released a new video viewable above, they promise to have new music out before the end of this year. Whatever comes next, it should be nothing if not intriguing and formed from decades of hard work.
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Image Credits: Photo by James Medford.