to my attention with the release of their EP Sensory Overload, which fucking rocked!
Naturally, I was pleased to find a package from the boys in the mail with a copies of their latest release Skull Drug, along with plenty of stickers. (Yes, loyal PoDunk Radio listeners expect a Skull Drug giveaway soon)
|Skull Drug performing live. Image from skulldrug.com|
Skull Drug is
- Evan Williams - Guitars / Vocals - Formerly of: Rosco, Monkeybomb!
- Justin "Junior" Waldrop - Guitars / Vocals - Formerly of: Sons of Seven
- Butch - Bass / Vocals - Formerly of: Jim Jones Party Mix, Evocator, Chump Change, Living Hell, Shit Sandwitch, Resolve, Zeitgiest, Psykotic Kinesis, Itchy Rectum and the Stink Stars
- Wyatt Clark - Drums - Formerly of: Side Affects, Guilt by Association, Evolution
The album starts off with a track titled Liver Die - I know, right? we've all been there, haven't we? The intro clocking in at 41 seconds followed by at least another 20 lead in sets a nice punk rock tone. Williams' vocals rip into the melody like a teenage boy would the head cheerleaders panties - the track gets wet, real wet. Clark begins assaulting his symbols and it hits me -this is actually mid-80's thrash on Ritalin These kids took thrash and slowed it way the fuck down and put better vocals out front. - Good on you guys!
Williams and company have done a really good job of blending metal/thrash and punk into a really good sound, as they demonstrate song after song throughout this self titled release.
I think the stand out track on this album is Malicious Kind. Everything about this track falls into place and connects just right - you couldn't get this kind of fit from a custom molded latex vagina.
Phantom Operas is a nice instrumental piece that gives each of the musicians a chance to show their skills and creates a kind of a interlude in the middle of the album and another instrumental comes in at track 15, Defected.
I'll probably never get the chance to catch this band live - fortunately I know people that have and they really seem to dig the live performance this band gives. Lots of energy is the phrase I hear repeated over and over from people that have caught Skull Drug Live.
There are a total of 15 tracks on this one, not a bad one in the bunch. My advice - get this fucking album.