Saturday 12 March 2011

D.R.U.G.S / Leeds Cockpit / 5th March 2011 /

After impressive sets from supports Decade and Blitz Kids, D.R.U.G.S- a five piece American post-hardcore act, is what tonight is all about.
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (photo by Nicole Rork)

The band are strong and focussed from the first utterance of “The Only Thing You Talk About”. Their eight song set, from their self-titled debut album, is high energy- non stop from start to finish. As their set progresses the male dominated crowd builds along with the band, growing in momentum to album tracks including “My Swagger Has a First Name”. As singer Craig Owens confidently leads the band through the palindromic “Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm”, it becomes apparent we have found our missing girls; the screams from the front of the stage say it all!

Leeds Cockpit- D.R.U.G.S

 The goalless approach that D.R.U.G.S took when writing the album makes for a diverse stage show. Their no holds barred approach allows the heavy parts to be authentically heavy, whilst the melodic undertones and softer riffs prove that this band are competent in their eclectic mix of styles. “Graveyard Dancing” stirs the crowd into a circle pit with Owens admitting that this is his favourite song from the album.
D.R.U.G.S - the album.

After the fake sex tape that Owens released to promote the latest single “Sex Life”, controversy and speculation remain at the forefront of D.R.U.G.S. However tonight, here in the Cockpit, none of this matters- the band are solid, clear in the notion of doing it their own way. 
Their set climaxes with bassist Adam Russell racing through the crowd to rock out on the bar to first single “If You Think This Song is About You, It Probably Is”. Tonight the five guys from the U.S prove that D.R.U.G.S is a band that you should definitely be getting your dose of.  

TOMORROW Est.1987 present an exclusive interview with D.R.U.G.S as they talk Myspace, Nicki Minaj and hippos with bridges for mouths