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Album Review: Drug Church – “Cheer”

Drug Church - Cheer

Drug Church‘s sound has been this constantly developing and evolving being, but they’ve never found their feet quite as strongly as they have in Cheer. Their prior album, Hit Your Head from 2015, played with some experimental elements and explored their take on punk, and leads so well into their sound on Cheer. Released on November 2nd, 2018 via Pure Noise, the album has this aura about it, listening in feels nostalgic in an odd way, like hearing a band you love finally find themselves and hit a sound you feel will make them explode.

Lyrically the album is quite dark, an approach on growing up and fitting in with a hopeless backdrop, focusing in on poverty and mental illness as foundation. Starting with the opening track ‘Grubby,’ someone unwilling to grow up and a comment on conformity meaning an easier ride, but a shorter one. This rolls into ‘Strong References,’ a track based on vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s nude modelling experience when he was younger. It doesn’t have quite the impact of a lot of the other songs, but it certainly paints an uncomfortable picture and leads into the quite direct conversation on the black dog of depression in ‘Avoidarama.’ The latter has an energetic and addictive sonic atmosphere, from the constant flowing beat to the scratch of the guitar.

Some of the imagery and language used is quite bleak, particularly within ‘Dollar Story,’ painting a vivid picture of poverty outlined with mental illness. “There’s an energy to poverty you can’t run from,” followed later by a raw and telling line “You can adjust to anything if you’re leaving.” The anger and determination in the song is complimented by the ending, rejecting the previous message desperately.

On top of the fantastic lyricism and vocal performance from Kindlon is a sonic triumph still firmly in the grit of the genre. Tracks like ‘Unlicensed Hall Monitor’ echo their way in and beg for the listener to move with it. There’s a distinct flow to their sound, a style amongst a grunge leaning punk atmosphere. As Kindlon screams out; “A grown man who can’t handle his life for shit, a scummy fraud who wants to be your boss, can’t handle his shit,” the music swells and explodes along with him. Then on Conflict Minded the band switches perfectly from chaotic and aggressive with Kindlon’s vocals to a softer gentle sound with the fantastic guest vocals from Carina Zachary of Husbandry.

The final track, Tillary,’ has that gentler beat to it, still bursting forth in peaks of emotion, but the band shows a mastery of range. The soft plucking rolls into their sound so well, combined with the subject matter of police and the poison of power, and the intensity Kindlon puts into it, ‘Tillary’ becomes an iconic part of Drug Church’s whole discography as we’re led out of the album.

Drug Church bring forth their previous aura, this strange nostalgic feeling of the trashier side of growing up, Kindlon has said it himself before. It’s raw, his hoarse voice, the whine of the guitars, the energy and emotion of the performance from all side. It’s growing up in the suburbs in a bad neighborhood, it’s finding yourself while there are no solid footholds for you. And most of all, it gets under your skin and truly stays there. Cheer is an amazing album, front to back, that explores this side of life like never before.

Stream the album below.



Drug Church release new video for “Unlicensed Hall Monitor”

Albany native punks Drug Church (s/o to NY, fellow New York-er speaking) have just released a new video for their track “Unlicensed Hall Monitor.” 

The track comes from their third release of “Cheer” which is expected to hit the streets on November 2 from Pure Noise.

Drug Church last released Hit Your Head in 2015.

Check out the new video below!



Drug Church stream new song “Strong References”

Albany bred punks Drug Church are streaming their new song “Strong References,” which comes from their upcoming album, Cheer, that is set to be released on November 2nd via Pure Noise Records.

You can give it a listen below.

Drug Church last released Hit Your Head in 2015.



Drug Church announce new album “Cheer,” stream new video

Albany bred punks Drug Church have just announced that they will be releasing a new album called Cheer on November 2nd via Pure Noise Records.

To give you a taste of what’s to come, the band has released a video for their new song “Avoidarama,” which you can check out below.

Drug Church last released Hit Your Head in 2015.



Turnstile release music video for new song “Real Thing”

Baltimore’s Turnstile have released a music video for a new song titled “Real Thing”. It’s taken from their upcoming album on Roadrunner Records, due out in 2018. Check the video out below.

We’ll keep you posted as more details on Turnstile’s follow-up to 2015’s Nonstop Feeling are revealed. They are currently touring the US with The Story So Far and Drug Church (dates below).



Drug Church sign to Pure Noise Records, stream new single “Weed Pin,” begin US tour

Albany bred punks Drug Church have just announced that they will be joining the Pure Noise Records family who claims names like Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, and Boston Manor to their label as well.

The boys are now streaming a new single dubbed, “Weed Pin” which is a raised glass and a nod to those of you who have ‘failed up.’

In addition, the guys will be heading out on tour starting tomorrow with The Story So Far and Turnstile.

Check out the dates and the single below.



The Story So Far begin recording new album, announce run of shows with Turnstile, Drug Church

Walnut Creek, CA pop-punk act The Story So Far have entered the studio to begin recording their 4th album, hinted at on the band’s Twitter and stated on producer Sam Pura’s Instagram.

In addition to entering the studio, the band have announce a short run of shows next month with Turnstile and Drug Church in support. You can find the tour dates, locations and poster below.



Cruel Hand announce tour dates with Drug Church and Culture Abuse

Maine hardcore act Cruel Hand have just unveiled a slew of early 2016 tour dates, where they will be joined by Drug Church and Culture Abuse.

Check out the full list of dates and locations below.

Cruel Hand last released The Negatives on September 23rd 2014 via Hopeless Records.



Full Album Stream: Drug Church – “Hit Your Head”

Albany-based avant garde punks Drug Church are streaming  their forthcoming album, “Hit Your Head,” in its entirety. Check out the exclusive stream right here.

“Hit Your Head” is due out this Friday (October 30th) on No Sleep Records. It’s the follow-up to their debut full-length, “Paul Walker,” which hit the streets back in 2013.



Drug Church streaming new song “Hit Your Head, Greedy”

Albany-based avant garde punks Drug Church are streaming a new song called “Hit Your Head, Greedy”

You can check it out here.

It is taken from the bands forthcoming second album ‘Hit Your Head’, which is released on October 30th via No Sleep Records.



New Video: Drug Church – “Bagged”

Albany-based avant garde punks Drug Church have debuted a music video for the track “Bagged” today. Check it out here.

“Bagged” appears on Drug Church’s upcoming sophomore full-length album, “Hit Your Head,” which is slated for release on October 30th on CD/digital formats and December 18th on vinyl via No Sleep Records. The album is billed as “music for people on probation for crimes that aren’t even cool,” which is now my new favorite press-release quote.

“Hit Your Head,” serves as the follow-up to the band’s debut full-length, “Paul Walker,” which was released back in 2013.

 



Drug Church announce new album, “Hit Your Head,” stream new track “Green Like Me”

Albany-based avant garde punks Drug Church have unveiled plans for their sophomore full-length album. It’s called “Hit Your Head,” and it’s slated for release on October 30th on CD/digital formats and December 18th on vinyl via No Sleep Records. The album is billed as “music for people on probation for crimes that aren’t even cool,” which is now my new favorite press-release quote.

To get you stoked on what’s to come, Drug Church are streaming the brand new track “Green Like Me” right here.

Stay tuned for pre-order options for “Hit Your Head,” which serves as the follow-up to the band’s debut full-length, “Paul Walker,” which was released back in 2013.



Drug Church announce UK headlining dates

Albany hardcore band Drug Church have announced several upcoming headlining performances in the UK to fill in some off days between their upcoming UK tour with Gnarwolves and their European tour with Title Fight. Check out all the dates below.

Drug Church will be touring in support of their new EP, Swell, which was released last month through No Sleep Records.



Gnarwolves, announce U.K tour with The Smith Street Band and Drug Church

English pop-punk heroes Gnarwolves have announced some U.K tour dates they will be playing this April with The Smith Street Band and Drug Church. Dates and locations can be seen on the above flyer, or below in text form.

Gnarwolves released their self-titled album on September 23, 2014 through Pure Noise Records. The Smith Street Band released Throw Me In The River  October 28th through SideOneDummy (US), October 31st on Uncle M Music (Europe) and Poison City Records (Australia), and November 3rd via Banquet Records (UK).



Drug Church streaming upcoming EP “Swell”

Albany hardcore band Drug Church are streaming their upcoming EP Swell in it’s entirety.

You can check it out here.

The EP is set for release on February 10th through No Sleep Records. Swell will serve as a follow-up to the band’s latest single “But Does It Work?,” also on the upcoming EP.