DRUG CHURCH – ” Hygiene “

Posted: June 15, 2022 in MUSIC

Patrick Kindlon is about as charismatic and outspoken as they come. Between his roles fronting the bands Drug Church and Self Defense Family, co-hosting the Axe to Grind podcast, and his various other endeavors, Patrick never holds back from being exactly who he wants to be. As a frontman, he’s sneering and observational, funny and dead-serious, and he comes off so enigmatic that it’s almost hard to picture him writing pop songs. And yet, that’s exactly what he does with Drug Church, a punk band whose songs are so catchy and anthemic that they often sound like they could be one of the biggest bands in the world. They sounded that way on 2018’s “Cheer”, and they’ve done it again on “Hygiene“, an album that might be even better than its predecessor.

The two albums are cut from a similar cloth, but Drug Church have had a few years to further perfect the formula, and they’ve done just that. Patrick sings with a gritty rasp, and sometimes his singing is more like talking, but every time he goes for a crowd-pleasing hook, he delivers. The rest of the band is the same way. The album has moments that veer towards the arty, off-kilter side of post-hardcore, but it’s completely unafraid of embracing big, loud, swing-for-the-fences stadium punk. In a way, Drug Church kind of feel like In Utero-era Nirvana; they’re too self-conscious to write pop songs, but they just can’t help themselves.

Pure Noise

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