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Salad Days Magazine | May 26, 2024

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In 2022 Drug Church released their highly anticipated fourth full-length, ‘Hygiene’, now hardcore’s most beloved agitators are back with a colossal new single, ‘Myopic’.

‘Myopic’ has all of the hallmarks of Drug Church‘s instantly appealing sound: pummeling hardcore aggression, hyper-melodic guitar leads, and vocalist Patrick Kindlon‘s sardonic lyrics and singular delivery. The track leans into the band’s unique ability to make distinctly outsider music that’s also welcoming and satisfying, offering even further evidence that Drug Church are simply one of the best modern guitar bands going. Kindlon discussed the new single, saying: “in varying degrees, you can just let things go. You don’t gotta stay angry forever. Being bitter isn’t a virtue and people selling it as one aren’t very happy.” Drug Church have been touring relentlessly in support of ‘Hygiene’ and they’ve just begun a full U.S. tour with support from Prince Daddy And The Hyena, Anxious, and Webbed Wing. On ‘Hygiene’, The Albany, Los Angeles, and Australia-based five-piece—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 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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