Drag (band)

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Origin Brisbane, Australia
Genres Alternative rock
New wave
Years active 2000–present
Labels Dew Process
Associated acts Powderfinger
Website Official website
Members Darren Middleton
Guitar and vocals

Sean Hartman
Bass guitar

Matt Murphy

Mark McElligott
Past members John Collins

Drag is an Australian rock band led by Darren Middleton, most known as the lead guitarist from highly successful Australian group Powderfinger.


Middleton started the band with drummer Mark McElligott, who is also the live engineer for Powderfinger, in 2000 as a side project. In 2002, the duo recorded the EP Gas Food Lodging, a small collection of original songs written specifically for Drag. For these recordings, they brought in local Brisbane musicians, bass player Sean Hartman and pianist Matt Murphy as session musicians to play on the EP. The band was given the chance to record a full-length studio album when Powderfinger took a few years off between albums. In this hiatus, Middleton and McElligott re-enlisted Hartman and Murphy and began playing live around Australia. The band signed with the record label Dew Process, the same label that co-Powderfinger member Bernard Fanning signed with and released his solo album. The band recorded their debut album in early 2005 in Byron Bay.[1] The band named the album The Way Out and released it on 10 July 2005 in Australia and 8 August 2005 internationally. Following the album release, the band toured Australia again with UK band Athlete, then undertook a more extensive headlining tour in October.





  1. ^ "Interviews :: Getting the lowdown from Brisbane's Drag". Australian Music Online. 1 August 2005. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 27 February 2008. 

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