Over the past five years, Drug Church have been giving hardcore punk a fresh jolt of energy, using doses of inventive songwriting and Patrick Kinlon's witty irreverence much like his other band Self Defense Family does to post-hardcore. Between their two albums Paul Walker, Hit Your Head and their slacker-hardcore anthem 'But Does It Work?' they have amassed a cult following which surprisingly hasn't yet risen above that status in the way Turnstile or Candy, for example, have managed.
Cheer by Drug Church
However, on latest album Cheer, that all promises to change.
For their first two full-lengths, Drug Church leaned on the distorted side of alt-rock, unifying grunge, punk and hardcore curated for the radio. Some might even call it power punk. On Cheer, there are still heaps of dust and fuzz, but Drug Church have made themselves accessible. Frontman Patrick Kindlon wears many suits; a notable comic book artist, host of the Axe To Grind podcast and ringleader of avant-hardcore venture Self Defense Family. For their third effort, we find him and his bandmates at their most catchy, informed and scathing ….