Lovedrug - EP Part I
Record Label: Street Talk Media
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Lovedrug, known for their grasp of haunting melodies and occasionally grungy guitar-driven work that compliments the unique range of singer Michael Shepard, has started their journey into the digital EP world of 2010 with the first volume in their series of EPs.
How is it?
As someone who has previously only digested Lovedrug in small quantities, I can say with confidence this is the best way I've experienced Lovedrug's work and it is at its absolute finest. While thematically tied EPs may be a nice fashionable way to bring in the recent need for smaller, bite-sized portions in the music industry, Lovedrug has walked with their chin up and created a truly fantastic EP that not only is easy to swallow, but seems to have no overarching story to complicate or obscure the content. What it does have is "Pink Champagne", the opening track that is filled with moving bass lines that thump the track along into a chorus where Shepard's voice rings out and gives the EP an impressive start. For those who felt burned by The Sucker Punch Show and just wanted some slower Lovedrug tunes with heart-felt lyrics, "We Were Owls" gives you exactly what you want with exceptional talent. The true shining moments of this EP are that while each song isn't as polished as they could be, every song has a certain moment that calls for a windows-down, car-stereo-on-max moment that feels like it breathes fresh air into the EP every time the fear of it becoming stale arises. The lyrical content is admittedly inconsistent and makes up for the low points by shaping out the feel of the story the song is telling quite well, the smooth rhythm of "She's Disaster" being the best example as it undulates as Lovedrug paints a picture of a heartbreaking suicidal situation that is portrayed tastefully with the relentless but gentle beat of the song.
While condensing all the good parts of Lovedrug and making them even better still doesn't make the package perfect, Lovedrug has taken a significant turn away from their previous album and could not benefit more from it. Excellent vocal melodies ever-present and musicianship that compensates for every turn it lacks, this first venture into the world of EPs is a pretty good start.
No mention of "Pink Champagne"?? Nice review, regardless.
I directly mentioned pink champagne.
What it does have is "Pink Champagne", the opening track that is filled with moving bass lines that thump the track along into a chorus where Shepard's voice rings out and gives the EP an impressive start.