Today, punk-rockers Drug Church have announced that they will be releasing a new EP, Tawny, on June 25th via Pure Noise Records. The EP will serve as the bridge from their 2018 album Cheer to the band’s upcoming fourth full-length record, due out later this. year via Pure Noise.

Drug Church have also released the EP’s title track, which can be heard below. The track is a towering wall of heavy guitars and pummeling drums with an anthemic climax that hints at the band’s ever-expanding songwriting toolbox. Never one to flinch at the darker corners of the human condition, vocalist Patrick Kindlon’s lyrics remain as vitriolic as ever. “People are so happy to not be in the guillotine, they’ll cheer at anyone else’s execution,” he says. “I’ve about had it with that.”

Tawny is comprised of Drug Church’s single, “Bliss Out,” which was released last year, a cover of Arcwelder’s “Remember to Forget,” and two brand-new songs: “Head-Off” and the newly released “Tawny.” The tracks build on the most melodic moments of Cheer without losing any of the bite and energy that has made Drug Church so appealing to fans of heavy and catchy music alike.

“Head-Off” opens the EP and immediately makes it clear that the band aren’t content to rest on their laurels. The song begins with a driving beat from drummer Chris Villeneuve while guitarists Nick Cogan and Cory Galusha weave unexpectedly shimmering guitar lines overtop of Pat Wynne’s propulsive bass; even Kindlon’s customary roar has taken a turn, with layered vocals and the singer’s cadences at their most instantly hooky. All of these melodic moments only serve to make Drug Church’s sound even more combustable, and “Head-Off” and “Tawny” both erupt into immensely satisfying blasts of powerhouse guitars and Kindlon’s sardonic bark.

The EP closes with Drug Church’s impressive rendition of the Arcwelder song “Remember To Forget,” which again highlights their ever-growing growing melodicism while also nodding to their willingness to carry the torch for stubbornly outsider guitar music. “You don’t need to be the world’s best band to write a perfect song,” Kindlon says. “Arcwelder are guys who like playing guitar music. They had some small success at it. Still, this song has been in my head for a long time. And that’s a type of success that doesn’t get measured. We’re all gonna be erased when the sun expands. Chasing fame makes you dumber than you are.

Pre-order Tawny here.


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  1. Head-Off
  2. Tawny
  3. Bliss Out
  4. Remember To Forget