There is a concert tonight that I am very distraught about not being able to attend. Fortunately, I know about half of the people that are in the audience, so a plethora of (hopefully) pictures and snipets of personal reviews shall be shared. Although, I’m not going to hold my breath.
Lovedrug is a band coming from the controversial state of Ohio. Despite all the political racket that the state has been making in the past election, there has been one band capable of overcoming the noise of blue versus red, making music that had me mesmerized the first time I listened. Being from Northern Kentucky, I’ve been exposed to the 2-year touring machine known as Lovedrug. Making headway in the (somewhat) music deprived Mid-West, Lovedrug’s hard work and amazing music has been turning heads and record labels nationwide.
Their lyrics (“And I don’t think we’ll get out of this hell/But the time here with you has been nice.” -Angels With Enemies) tell guileful stories, much like that of their influences: “I’m a big ‘90s rock guy,” says Shepard, insisting he’s more influenced by the Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Nirvana than fashionable reference points such as Coldplay, Radiohead or Muse. “It just seemed a little more pure than today’s music, where everything is so pop and packaged. It’s like music lost some of that raw emotion.”
Their constant touring and solid debut album has been slowly racking up accolades such as Entertainment Weekly’s “Download This”, Spin.com’s “Band of the Day”, and recently being featured on the front page of MySpace’s weekly featured bands, along with The Arctic Monkeys and The Takeover UK.
If such a description as “somewhere between ’70s-style guitar-rock grandeur and pre-weird Radiohead lives this inebriated, quasi-hallucinatory tale,” doesn’t implore you to check them out, then head over to their official site and MySpace to poke around for yourself.