Investigator Performs Drift at The 13th Floor: Singles Session

Investigator is the musical project of Adrian Drew and he has just released a new single titled Drift, described as “an upbeat, defiant, hopeful and determined indie-rock anthem.”

InvestigatorThe 13th Floor’s Marty Duda welcomed Adrian up to the studio were they sat down to chat about the new song before being treated to an exclusive acoustic version of the single.

And here is the studio version of Drift:

Recorded, mixed and mastered at Soundscape Studios, Whangaparaoa with Kane Bennett, ‘Drift’ is an exciting new offering from INVESTIGATOR – who already has an impressive track record.

The project’s had great local support from stations like The Rock and Hauraki, as well as placed on Hot NZ Singles Charts, RadioScope Rock Airplay Chart, iTunes and Google Play Music rock charts. ‘Shade’ from their last album placed #15 on the RadioScope Rock Airplay chart and stayed on the chart for six weeks.

As a lyricist, Adrian always draws on experience and research when writing. More often than not, these stories carry a ‘weighty’ message. “With our last album, ‘Shade’ tackled abuse to women, suicide, homelessness and our flawed species within society,” says Adrian.“‘Drift’ is about ownership and materialisation. Aimed at the haves from the eyes of a have-not, the narrative is couched as a relationship between two people. It’s an allegory for power and posturing, domestic and commercial slavery.”

 While INVESTIGATOR is the project of Adrian Drew (guitars, vocals), musicians David Crowhen (bass, Undercut), Craig van Kan (drums, Gaunt Pudding/The Couch) and Adam Morton-Mason (guitar, These Fine Galleons) have also been involved in bringing the music to life – recorded and live. Wrapped in a pop-rock sound, and paying homage to The Cars, Tom Petty and Chris Cornell, INVESTIGATOR’s 2018 5-track self-titled debut EP (Google Play Rock Album Chart) features singles ‘Livin’ in a Magazine’, ‘Goodbye Car’ (iTunes, Google Play Music Rock Chart) and ‘7 Ways’. While working on a full-length album, a fresh, more alternative single, ‘Lake of Eyes’ was released – which made it onto the Hot NZ Singles chart. Writing continued throughout the pandemic and in 2022 album SHADE was released with its popular title-track single. Single ‘Downtown’ (#16 Official NZ Hot Singles Chart) followed and now ‘Drift’. INVESTIGATOR is not slowing down – with a music video on its way and heading into the studio with renowned NZ producer, Scott Seabright – the future is definitely looking bright!


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