Few bands make the kind of noise that evokes people to state, “you have to hear this band,” though Albany’s Drug Church is easily one of those bands. Running the touring circuit with bands like Culture Abuse, Gouge Away and Turnstile, there’s just something great about the chunky riffed music that the New York five piece creates.
On their first single “Avoidarama” from their upcoming release Cheer, they take their already heavy sound and mix in plenty of hooks to hold your interest. The song is a bit more refined than the band’s early works, but not too far from it to make you think they sold their souls or anything like that. The murky bass lines that open things up alone should remind you of Peach by Culture Abuse mixed with early Touche Amore.
Last week the band dropped their second single from the yet to be released record with an intense and driving track called “Strong References.” Opening with melodic noodling, things take a darker and more energetic turn, taking the five piece back to their harsher leanings. The track is really catchy, and hard not to blast while you’re heading down the road.
You can stream both tracks on all streaming platforms, you can purchase them from digital storefronts, or you can pre-order the band’s new album Cheer in various bundles and formats directly from Pure Noise Records before it drops everywhere on November 2. Drug Church is on tour tonight at Rescue Rooms in Nottinghamshire, U.K. all the way into early December, ending in Houston on December 8 at The Secret Group. The band’s entire tour schedule can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Kat Nijmeddin.