REVIEW / Drug Church - Cheer

Cheer is what Nirvana would have sounded like if Cobain took up cocaine and steroids instead of heroin and Courtney Love.
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posted 30 October 2018 09:03am updated 30 October 2018 10:13am

Drug Church Cheer Review

Drug Church Album Review

Drug Church New Album

IF you observe the overall sound of today’s modern rock and hardcore scene it can be a daunting task to handpick even 5 bands that you can honestly turn around and say, “Yep, they have a totally unique sound”. For a variety of reasons, this can become an almost impossible and tedious venture. The main reason being somewhat of a double-edged sword. Thanks to the rise of social media, and streaming platforms such as Spotify, it’s so easy for anyone to record and release an album.

This leads to a complete over-saturation of bands and albums to wade through in order to find one that really kicks you in the balls when you hear them for the first time. On the other hand, you can also come across so many new artists and albums that sound so good, but very similar, you don’t really know which record to spin first.

When you look back at the glorious age of post-hardcore back in the 90’s and early 00’s, you could turn on MTV2 and become overwhelmed with a meticulous mix of grunge-inspired anthemic rock, all with their own individual sound. A unique echo that separated them from their peers. From bands like Rival Schools and Quicksand to Thrice and Alexisonfire, they all had traits of hardcore running through their veins, but they also had their own sound. Drug Church have literally found the secret to capturing a powerful and unique vibe on all of their records, yet still filled with passion, audio violence in parts, and total chaos somehow delivered with a clean finish.

Drug Church, from the very start with their first record, ‘Paul Walker’, have always embodied that very ethos of delivering a truly unforgettable experience within their music and the new record, ‘Cheer’ is no exception. Cheer is like being thrown into a post-hardcore time warp that honestly just surrounds you with warmth, whilst at the same time flooding your neurons with nostalgia and your body with energy. Whilst some bands draw upon their influence to replicate a musical era, Drug Church design their own style and drag it kicking and screaming into the modern world.

Cheer is a mix of heavy power chords, angry yet upbeat vocals laced with anger, chaotic drumming, heavenly distorted guitar licks, and most importantly, pure fucking passion. No record can deliver this much of a punch without a band pouring everything they have into it. Every single song on this record is a true testament to how much Drug Church strive to achieve something they are clearly very proud of. Don’t be fooled by some of their comical song titles such as ‘Grubby’, ‘Unlicensed Hall Monitor’, and ‘Foam Pit’. Every track is filled with heart and sincerity.

Cheer is what Nirvana would have sounded like if Cobain took up cocaine and steroids instead of heroin and Courtney Love. It’s just monstrous. ‘Unlicensed Guidance Counselor’ and ‘Weed Pin’ are your new favorite anthems, trust us.

‘Push yourself down the stairs…’

WATCH / Drug Church "Weed Pin"

Drug Church is proud to announce it’s full length album "Cheer," out November 2nd, as the band’s first release on Pure Noise Records.

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