BrooklynVegan is hosting the exclusive premiere of “Samaritrophia,” the new single from New Jersey instrumental/technical metal trio EL DRUGSTORE, and their new album, The Golden Age Of Bad Ideas. The band, with current and former members of East Of The Wall and more in its ranks, will release the album through Nefarious Industries next Friday, in conjunction with a newly-booked record release show.
Bridging the six-year wait since their Plague Ship full-length debut, EL DRUGSTORE returns with The Golden Age Of Bad Ideas. The bizarre nature of the steady lineup of Rolando Alvarado, Kevin Conway, and Seth Rheam douses the listener with thirty-six dense minutes of explosive, organic new material. The Golden Age Of Bad Ideas was recorded by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios (The Dillinger Escape Plan) and Chris Alfano at Volume Fact (East Of The Wall), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Toxic Holocaust, Torche, Eye Of Nix), and completed with art and layout by Bryan Elkins.
EL DRUGSTORE’s Kevin Conway delves, “The title ‘Samaritrophia’ was taken from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut, in which he defined the term as hysterical indifference to the plight of others. It’s tough to say that instrumental songs are necessarily ‘about’ anything, but they’re certainly informed by the world we live in. I think that term captures how our world feels a lot of the time. Musically, this is one of my favorites on the new record because it straddles the heaviness/silliness line we like to walk and is pretty in your face in terms of raw energy. It’s a brief release from living in a cold world that really doesn’t give a shit about you.”
BrooklynVegan calls the new track, “equal parts weirdo prog and bone-crushing heaviness.”
Stream EL DRUGSTORE’s “Samaritrophia” only at BrooklynVegan RIGHT HERE.
The Golden Age Of Bad Ideas is due out on CD and digital via Nefarious Industries next Friday, November 15th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and via Bandcamp where “Moral Curve” is streaming HERE.
EL DRUGSTORE has booked a release show for The Golden Age Of Bad Ideas, happening the day after the record’s release, Saturday, November 16th, in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, with performances from East Of The Wall, Martin Howth, and Kevin Grossman as well. Watch for additional shows to be announced in the coming weeks.
EL DRUGSTORE The Golden Age Of Bad Ideas Release Show:
11/16/2019 Atlantic Highlands Arts Council – Atlantic Highlands, NJ w/ East of the Wall, Martin Howth, Kevin Grossman [info]
EL DRUGSTORE has been making an unnecessary amount of noise since 2008. The trio is 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 (Vandelles). The band’s debut recording Dope Soaked And Wow // Silver Medals For Everyone, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant, was released in July 2011 and marked the inauguration of their conjoined independent label, Nefarious Industries. Plague Ship, the band’s first full-length effort, set sail on the very last day of 2013.