Drug Church - Drug Church [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)
Staff Review

Drug Church

Drug Church [7-inch] (2012)

No Sleep Records

With their self-titled debut 7", Drug Church proves that, yeah, there's always room for more '90s hardcore. While the band doesn't exactly reinvent the genre, they do show a firm grasp of the basics. Drug Church delivers three thrashy, throaty jams for you to skate along with.

Opening track "Mohawk" gets a scene celebrity boost from Touché Amoré's Jeremy Bolm (a digital-only bonus version of the song includes Cruel Hand's Chris Linkovich), but the song is fine without him, bolstered by shredding guitars and angry vocals. "Mohawk" is the band's most straightforward hardcore jam. From there, they start to experiment ever so slightly.

No Sleep has billed Drug Church as reminiscent of Quicksand. I was ready to call shenanigans until I heard the riffage on "Northway" and realize the label wasn't that far off. Here, the band proves they can actually play with a groove. "Latham Circle" then proves that Drug Church can get ambient, first with an extended bass solo and then with a whole mess of feedback ‘n' noise at the tail end. Again, this isn't the most provocative, mind-blowing stuff out there, but Drug Church still succeeds at delivering unpretentious hardcore. It kicks butt and stays away from politics and audio experimentation, but that's part of the charm.