Lovedrug, the Cleveland, Ohio quartet once compared to the likes of Coldplay for their foray into piano-driven tunes has just made a 180-degree turn with its latest release, The Sucker Punch Show.
Now more akin to bands such as Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, Lovedrug, arena-leaning indie rockers that they are, delivers in spades on the big-budget hints inherent in much of the band’s previous work. Their neo-melodic-grunge has won over critics at Spin.com (“grungy guitar brawn of bygone flannel rockers, but adds complexity with epic arrangements and moments of unsettling Thom Yorke falsetto"), Alternative Press ("There's no shortage of massive and muscular moments here"), Paste (“Dark and lovely, as addictive as the band's name suggests"), Flaunt ("Gloomily triumphant"), Blender.com ("Lovedrug combine smart lyrics with hearty rock & roll to create a record full of indiepop gems."), Entertainment Weekly ("...somewhere between 70’s-style guitar-rock grandeur and pre-weird Radiohead lives this inebriated, quasi-hallucinatory tale.”), and RollingStone.com (Editor’s Pick).
Earlier this month the fierce-some foursome (singer/guitarist/keyboardist Michael Shepard, guitarist Jeremy Michael Gifford, bassist Thomas Bragg and drummer James Childress) hit the road with Copeland. The tour runs through November 23 with the second gig of a two-night stand at The Social in Orlando, FL.
With The Sucker Punch Show in stores today, Lovedrug is now wholly focused on the live shows to come. According to drummer James Childress, “We conceptualized, wrote and recorded this album from start to finish with the working idea that we would be able to recreate the songs live.”
Guitarist Jeremy Gifford agrees, adding: “I can’t wait to play these songs live – it’s going to be a true rock experience – just four guys bringing the noise.”
Stream songs from The Sucker Punch Show now at:
www.purevolume.com/lovedrug and www.myspace.com/lovedrug.
Catch Lovedrug on tour with Copeland:
October 27 - New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
October 29 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
October 30 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
October 31 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
November 1 - Omaha, NB @ Slowdown
November 2 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
November 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
November 5 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
November 6 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
November 7 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
November 8 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
November 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
November 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
November 12 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue
November 14 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
November 15 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
November 16 - Norman, OK @ Meacham Auditorium
November 18 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
November 19 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
November 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
November 21 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
November 22 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
November 23 - Orlando, FL @ The Social