Lovedrug Release Album, Hit The Road With Copeland

posted October 31, 2008

Lovedrug Release Album, Hit The Road With Copeland

Lovedrug, the Cleveland, Ohio, quartet once compared to the likes of Coldplay for their foray into piano-driven tunes has just made a 180-degree turn with its latest release, The Sucker Punch Show. Now more akin to bands such as Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age, Lovedrug, arena-leaning indie rockers that they are, delivers in spades on the big-budget hints inherent in much of the band's previous work. Their neo-melodic-grunge has won over critics at ("grungy guitar brawn of bygone flannel rockers, but adds complexity with epic arrangements and moments of unsettling Thom Yorke falsetto"), Alternative Press ("There's no shortage of massive and muscular moments here"), Paste ("Dark and lovely, as addictive as the band's name suggests"), Flaunt ("Gloomily triumphant"), ("Lovedrug combine smart lyrics with hearty rock & roll to create a record full of indiepop gems."), Entertainment Weekly ("...somewhere between 70's-style guitar-rock grandeur and pre-weird Radiohead lives this inebriated, quasi-hallucinatory tale."), and (Editor's Pick).

Earlier this month the fierce-some foursome (singer/guitarist/keyboardist Michael Shepard, guitarist Jeremy Michael Gifford, bassist Thomas Bragg and drummer James Childress) hit the road with Copeland. The tour runs through November 23 with the second gig of a two-night stand at The Social in Orlando, FL.

With The Sucker Punch Show in stores now, Lovedrug is now wholly focused on the live shows to come. According to drummer James Childress, "We conceptualized, wrote and recorded this album from start to finish with the working idea that we would be able to recreate the songs live."

Guitarist Jeremy Gifford agrees, adding: "I can't wait to play these songs live - it's going to be a true rock experience - just four guys bringing the noise."

Stream songs from The Sucker Punch Show now at the band's PureVolume page and the band's MySpace profile. Catch Lovedrug on tour with Copeland:

  • October 27 - New York City, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
  • October 29 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
  • October 30 - Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
  • October 31 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
  • November 1 - Omaha, NB @ Slowdown
  • November 2 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
  • November 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Avalon Theatre
  • November 5 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
  • November 6 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
  • November 7 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
  • November 8 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
  • November 10 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
  • November 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
  • November 12 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse Music Venue
  • November 14 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
  • November 15 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
  • November 16 - Norman, OK @ Meacham Auditorium
  • November 18 - Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
  • November 19 - Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
  • November 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
  • November 21 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
  • November 22 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
  • November 23 - Orlando, FL @ The Social