Beloved punk rock agitators, Drug Church, are gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated fourth full-length, Hygiene, due out March 11th from Pure Noise Records. Today the band are sharing one more early preview of the record with their latest single "Premium Offer."
Drug Church are one of the most singular bands in modern guitar music and on Hygiene the band's uncompromising nature has resulted in a bold leap forward. Their unique ability to make distinctly outsider music that’s also welcoming and instantly satisfying is on full display with Hygiene's earlier singles "Million Miles of Fun," "Detective Lieutenant," and "World Impact," and "Premium Offer" highlights the band pushing themselves further into new sonic territory. The song retains the tension between overt melody and visceral aggression that makes Drug Church so appealing, but leans into the former with chiming guitar leads and guest vocals from Husbandry's Carina Zachary.
Drug Church's 2018 LP, Cheer, and their 2021 EP, Tawny both drew acclaim from fans and critics alike, and now Hygiene immediately makes it clear that the band aren't content to rest on their laurels. The Albany and Los Angeles-based five-piece—vocalist Patrick Kindlon, guitarists Nick Cogan and Cory Galusha, bassist Pat Wynne, and drummer Chris Villeneuve—build on the most tuneful moments of their past work without losing any of the combustable hardcore energy that has made them so appealing to fans of both heavy and hooky music. Throughout the album Kindlon's lyrics are as incisive as ever. He walks a tightrope between observation, honesty, frustration, and humor—wading into the absurdity of modern life; the relationships between art and the people consuming it; and the primacy of following your own path—and somehow achieves a tone that's as blunt as it is nuanced. The result is an album that captures a band truly at the top of their game, and demands conversations and stage dives in equal measure.
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