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Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows D.R.U.G.S.

Released 18 February 2011
Producer John Feldmann
Label Sire, Decaydance
Length 41:43
Genre Alternative rock
Website thisisdrugs.com

Angry, heavy, but very catchy.

It’s been done before. The I-just-broke-up-with-my-girlfriend-and-now-I’m-pissed-off album. The clichés are predictable. “How could you leave you leave me for him?” asks a needy overachiever, and we’re supposed to be moved by his outburst of emotions.

D.R.U.G.S. –the debut album from American post-hardcore band Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows– comes across very much like this on the first listen. The whole forty minutes or so of the album is a sonic blast of anger, and that’s the whole point.

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows are led by frontman Craig Owens, who formed the band in 2010 after being let go as lead singer of the band Chiodos the year before. According to Owens this new project was “cathartic” because “music is my form of therapy”. Suddenly the jilted lover on the album has his motivations revealed. This is just an angry musician’s attempt to get his feelings out. But does it work? Well actually it does.

D.R.U.G.S. opens with the super fast paced, electro-tinged 'If You Think This Song Is About You. It Probably Is', a two and a half minute rocker with real punk intensity, with the band playing their instruments just a fast as possible, in the best tradition of the Ramones and The Sex Pistols. Whether or not they are even any good hardly matters. This band isn’t Radiohead striving for musical perfection– D.R.U.G.S. is more about playing fast and hard and seeing what comes out on the other side. The result is the odd brilliance of 'Sex Life' and 'I’m in Rehab, You’re the Drug'.

It doesn’t matter that the band has a crappy name, or that their song titles are borderline ridiculous (they love palindrome song titles so much they use them twice, 'Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm' and 'Laminated E.T. Animal'). Some of the lyrics are equally bonkers. Lines like "I’d like to keep cutting/ but I can’t stand to watch myself bleed" and "wipe those lips baby/we both know they’ve been/ everywhere" aren’t really as angry as they sound, and in these heavy roaring songs they just work, innuendo and all.

What matters are the chugging riffs, the pulsing drums and the dirty noise and feedback combined with clean melodic choruses. What matters is rocking fast and hard, not being Bob Dylan. If Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows sound like anyone it’s a cross between Slipknot and early Greenday. This is angry music– but if it wasn’t it wouldn’t be half as good. It’s simple, trashy, and sometimes plain ridiculous; but the songs are damn catchy, and it’s well worth the listen.

- Bernard O’Rourke