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New D.R.U.G.S Album Is Awesome [Review]

If The Used, Chiodos and Panic! at The Disco mated and had a musical love child, D.R.U.G.Swould be the miraculous result. With sounds similar to The Used and PATD and vocals similar to Chiodos, the band was destined to be an impressive and musically satisfying piece of art. I highly recommend getting a copy of the album, which released on February 22.

Chiodos ex-frontman Craig Owens formed D.R.U.G.S- Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows early last year. The album was sure to be great, as the band is made-up of past band members from awesome bands: guitarist/vocalist Matt Good from From First to Last, drummer Aaron Stern from Matchbook Romance, bassist Adam Russell from Story of the Year and guitarist/vocalist Nick Martin from Underminded and of course, Craig Owens.

Owens’ voice, tone and tempo are perfectly in unison with the instrumentals and together they create a mental orgasm that will make you go nuts! He sings, screams and even talks in some parts; his vocal diversity is an advantage for the band and works well for them.

D.R.U.G.S hired uber producer John Feldmann for their first, self-titled album. Not only has Feldmann produced albums for old-school band Goldfinger, but he also worked with The Used for many years. His touch is present in the entire album.

The track listing is as follows- the weird, but interestingly cool titles also remind me of Chiodos:

1. If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is
2. The Only Thing You Talk About
3. Graveyard Dancing
4. Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm
5. Sex Life
6. Laminated E.T. Animal
7. Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups
8. I’m the Rehab, You’re the Drugs
9. I’m Here to Take the Sky
10. The Hangman
11. My Swagger Has a First Name
12. A Little Kiss and Tell (Bonus Track)

The intro to “Graveyard Dancing” sounds like a PATD opening: a fantastical, circus-like jewelry box melody, which continues throughout the album. “I’m Here to Take the Sky” sounds like material from The Used.

The album also has some awesome lyrics, for example: “If you had a sex life would you even worry about mine when your bed is empty,” “sometimes hate can be beautiful” and “so, just fly with me, die with me. They all swim, while I drown. They just dig up the dirt and bury us into the ground.”

I won’t say anymore, because I don’t want to ruin the buzz you’ll get when you hear this album. You will put it in, hit play and repeat and keep it there for awhile. I can’t wait until they come to town so I can hear and see them live.

What do you think? Have you listened to D.R.U.G.S yet? Did you like them? Why or why not?

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