rock. original. intense. creative. garage pop rock with a punk flare. See a show; you will want to tell everyone about it. This is THE quintessential Chicago rock band: high energy, wonderfully crafted songs, innovative guitar work.. all of this with a professional presence on and off the stage.


Jon and Jim Drake are two brothers raised on the likes of Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, The Boss, The Beatles, and The Waterboys (courtesy of father/manager Chuck Drake). The brothers have been learning and writing together since childhood beginning with a single Yamaha Eterna and a Tascam four track tape recorder.

Years later and armed with beautifully crafted guitars and crunchy distorted tube amps, the Drake brothers became attached to other sounds like early punk rock, garage rock, and art rock/glam rock.. the likes of the Buzzcocks, The Clash, Trail of Blood, Modest Mouse, The Stooges, Kings of Leon, The Teeth, and of course a little Wilco and Neutral Milk Hotel.

With all of these influences the brothers crafted their own sound with a classic guitar, guitar, bass and drums presentation. Combined with strong song writing and vocal abilities gained through studies both collegiate and independent, the boys have become a force to reckon with. On top of that, they are backed up by one of the tightest, punchiest rhythm sections around via Jared Olson and Paul Chivari.

DON RUSSIAN has been hitting the pavement and perfecting their product for years. As of today.. there is a steady buzz in the air as the show success continues to grow. DON RUSSIAN is up and coming and definitely a band to watch.

The Note, The Double Door, Martyr's, Ronnies, Reggies, Mutiny, Elbo Room, Liquid Blues, Clearwater Theater, and more... Currently working with Empty Bottle.

Played With:
Lucid Ground, The GoStation, TEAM BAND, Elephant Gun, Cycle Something, and more...


Currently recording the debut album to be released this spring. Number two is already in the works as well.

Set List

DON RUSSIAN is an original rock band. Sets can range anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours. The live performances are energetic, visually stimulating, and have a tendency to make the show. The stage presence is intense, professional, and undeniably engaging.
Trail of Blood
Catch a Ball
My Slow Boat to China
Race Car Driver
Keep Your Dead
New Year's Eve Eve
Beware of the god
Cage Kids Exclusive
The Leech
Bitch Cornucopia
and many more...

DON RUSSIAN does covers from the 60's through the 80's and owns the crowd with their high energy originals; put they prefer to play their own songs.