Following a colossal three year-long writing and pre-production process, New Jersey’s instrumental freak attack trio, EL DRUGSTORE, has put the final touches on their virgin romp on full-length turf.
Devised by the corrupted intellect of guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall) and bassist Rolando Alvarado, Keyport, New Jersey-based EL DRUGSTORE has been discharging their mangled, aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band’s debut recording, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant, marked the inauguration of their conjoined independent label, Nefarious Industries in 2011.
With over forty-five minutes of belligerent, bastardized, brainiac bombast, EL DRUGSTORE is at full-mast on their debut full-length, Plague Ship, the swagger of their jacked-up anti-capella songcraft unloading a dizzying array of awesomely head-scratching jam-outs. Amplification runs rampant, propelling the massive array of effect/pedal-laden spazz-riffery through the pummeling percussive whiplash without a whiff of spitty breath to be found. Plague Ship was tracked at parts unknown by the band and their cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios. The results resemble an abortive version of The Fucking Champs deconstructing Cave In and Cynic in an echo chamber full of copulating shrimp and LSD, to those daring enough to take a dip.
The Plague Ship will set sail on the last possible day of the year, December 31st, via Nefarious Industries, initially as a digital-only release, yet plans for it to manifest itself in the physical form are being drawn.