Today, we get the privilege of premiering the new single from Drugs titled ‘Positive Feedback Loop’, from their upcoming album titled ‘Episodic’, right here on Jammerzine! To begin with, this is the type of tracks that I love. The kind that shows its heart on its proverbial sleeve and shows off the wonderful and varied personality of the music right from the start. And this is one of those songs where the hook is not only profound and beautiful but unexpected and outside of the box.
Drugs almost have that jam band quality about them. Think Rush or pre-Steve Perry Journey in that the band loves to play and it shows. But, what we get with ‘Positive Feedback Loop’ is that jam-band quality combined with a radio friendliness and fan capturing persona that takes this to the next level and actually becomes a perfect introduction to the band.
They say you should never do drugs, but I think you should listen to them.
“People getting caught in habits they can’t get out of. Habits reinforcing the same habits. Feeling loose. Feeling juiced. Feeling helpless, Not being able to get out.”
– Joel Jasper
‘Episodic’ drops on August 7, 2020.
In a sea of gentle singer-songwriters and derivative rock, Drugs is a rollicking safe haven, side effects may include getting stoked. The band’s debut collection ‘Episodic’ was written and self-recorded in Long Beach, CA in 2018, by Joel Jasper (Guitar, Vocals) and J.P. Bendzinski (Guitar, Keys) joined by Vince Guitierrez (guitar/bass), Alan Connor (drums) and former bandmate Zach Mabry (drums).
The forthcoming LP is an unruly and jagged musical terrain that casts aside traditional linear songwriting form in favor of a more abstract stream of consciousness style. It is a perfectly energizing driving-in-your-car soundtrack, as heard on throttling lead singles “Try Me” and “Paralyzed”. Anger, uncertainty, reconciliation, wonder, anxiety are all wrapped up together. Despite their spontaneity and free-wheelin’ creative process, there is one thing Drugs knows for certain says Jasper, the band’s main lyricist, and songwriter, “I want to freak people out.”
Reflecting on the deceivingly buoyant track, frontman Joel Jasper says, “Habits and compulsions can start with something minuscule and escalate rapidly. It can be difficult to notice the foggy space between the two. This song tries to illustrate that space and possibly explain the feelings inside it. I think It’s easier than most people think to get caught in repetitive behavioral loops and have a hard time finding their way out.”
Featured image by Arthur Hitchcock.