LIVE: D.R.U.G.S. @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (04/03/2011)

Date: March 4th, 2011
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Support: Decade, Blitz Kids


With their date at The Roadhouse in Manchester, D.R.U.G.S. (or Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) are faced with two pinnacle factors that should be making them a bit nervous about getting onstage. Firstly with it being their first ever live show in the UK, and secondly with it also being their first ever show since the release of their debut album almost 2 weeks beforehand. Still, the strong hype surrounding them should more than lift them up with confidence.

Decade (**) come across as a little unprepared, nervey, and therefore ultimately bland. Their hardcore tinged pop-punk alike Me Vs. Hero and Four Year Strong lacks the substance and flavour to make many bodies in the crowd move, and even struggle to get a few heads nodding. Clearly something the quintet need to work before their performance at Slam Dunk later in the year.

Flip this the other way around for following act Blitz Kids (***) who definitely don’t lack confidence and a formidable stage presence. Songs like ‘An Ink Blot In A Blood Clot’ shows a definite huge slant in progression and style from the band’s old days under the name Rig Up Explosive, and show as a rare rising talent from a place like Crewe/Nantwich.

Main act D.R.U.G.S. (****) however blow both bands out of the water, with intensity and energy bouncing off the room from frontman Craig Owens the moment the group come onstage and open with ‘The Only Thing You Talk About’. The frontman sounds much stronger and comes across much happier than he ever seemed when performing with Chiodos, and this showed in his almost note perfect performance. Nick Martin‘s vocals suffered sound problems in their rendition of ‘My Swagger Has A First Name’, but the quintet soon pick the pace back up going through their album with tracks like ‘Graveyard Dancing’, ‘Laminated E.T. Animal’ and the ferocious ‘If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is’. The band leave a stamp mark on the UK from their first ever show here, ensuring a return back to this side of the pond is inevitable.

Written by Zach Redrup

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