Saturday, June 08, 2013

Album Review: New Drugs

Title:  New Drugs (Red Scare Industries, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist:  Druglords of the Avenues (Facebook, MySpace, Last.fm)

Druglords of the Avenues sophomore full-length New Drugs is a brilliant blast of ’77 inspired punk rock that incorporates aspects of ska, country, and pop punk.  Druglords’ lead singer, and primary songwriter Johnny Bonnel has created a band that not only reminds listeners of his other bands (Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards) but creates a distinct personality that can easily stand on its own.  The record opens with the ’77 style rockers “There’s Something Seriously Wrong” and “Brandy Breath.”  The record’s best moments are the ones that make you want to sing and dance along—“MacGowan’s Seeth,” “Forward to Fun,” and “Might We Dance” which could easily be a song from the early years of rock ‘n’ roll (or a long lost song from The Donnas first record).  The thing with New Drugs is that it is a record that can take a few listens before it really sinks in, and this is coming from someone who is a long-time Swingin’ Utters fan and loved the Druglords’ first record Sing Songs.  So while the record might not grab you at first, the more you listen, the better it gets, and believe me it is worth the extra listens.

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