The name D.R.U.G.S. is certain to evoke some kind of emotional response from everyone who reads it.
Make no mistake, this is what the post-hardcore supergroup desires. Formed early last year after vocalist Craig Owens was relieved of his duties behind the microphone from his former band Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S. (an abbreviation for Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) took shape quickly when Owens and his partner in crime Nick Martin began piecing the band together. A tenured guitarist, Martin comes courtesy of metalcore act Underminded while the rest of the band is composed of guitarist Matt Good (From First to Last), drummer Aaron Stern (Matchbook Romance), and bassist Adam Russell (Story of the Year).
With so many seasoned rock veterans in the line-up, perhaps in comes as no surprise that this year’s self-titled debut is a perfect storm of sounds from each respective member’s past work. That’s not to say that the album D.R.U.G.S. sounds like old or re-hashed material—far from it. Instead, the LP captures all of the emotion and power of their past endeavors while pushing further en route to creating one of the most relentless rock records released this year.
While this is their first Warped Tour trek as D.R.U.G.S., it’s far from their first Warped experience. Each member has played the tour in past years, giving D.R.U.G.S. a leg up over other new bands that are getting their first taste to the grueling summer punk rock camp. During Warped Tour’s stop in Cincinnati, OH, on August 2nd, Nick Martin took time to chat with PopMatters about the state of rock and roll, whether his expectations for his new band have been met, and about what it is that makes Warped Tour so special.