The Drab Doo-Riffs were a surf punk, rock and roll and 'spockabilly' quintet from Auckland. Formed in 2007, the group grew out of a series of songs written and demoed by bandleader Karl Steven in 2006 while he was living in the UK.
Since formation, the band line-up has been Karl Steven (harp and vocals), Lucy Stewart (guitar), Caoimhe MacFehin (vocals and percussion), Michael Vincent Sperring (drums) and M.F Joyce (bass).
Following on from a series of early demos on MySpace.com, the band released a series of EPs on CD and vinyl, Bury Me In Drab, Postcards From Uranus and A Fistful of Doo-Riffs, Aquatic Ape Theory and Home Surgery. After self-releasing Bury Me In Drab, the band has worked with Border Music, Liberation Music NZ and 1:12 Records. They also recorded a split 7-inch single with Tourettes for Cheese On Toast. Their side of the 7-inch included the songs 'I Wanna Be Spock' and 'Motor Scoot Scoot'. They have also featured on the Cheese On Toast Cheesy Christmas download album and the Nature's Worst Vol. 3 compilation album released via Nature's Worst Records.
Karl Steven is a member of Supergroove. He also plays in Heart Attack Alley with Caoimhe MacFehin. Michael Vincent Sperring was previously a member of Don Julio and the Hispanic Mechanics and Street Chant (when they performed as Mean Street). Lucy Stewart has previously played in The Vietnam War.
The Drab Doo-Riffs have extensively toured New Zealand and performed in Melbourne, Australia. They have played support to The Cult, Blondie, The Stranglers, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, the Reverend Beat Man, and toured with Liam Finn. They've also played at the Big Day Out, Camp A Low Hum, Nelson March Fest and the Dunedin Fringe Festival.
The Drab Doo-Riffs are also known for playing in unconventional settings and have performed on the Interislander ferry, on the back of trucks at hot rod car parties and environmental demonstrations.
Their music has featured in New Zealand television shows The Blue Rose and Go Girls. They've also licensed music to Mountain Dew. In 2010 they acted in and provided music for cult splatter exploitation movie Big Tits Massacre.