After a sold out Camden Underworld Show in March of this year, with hordes of fans standing outside ticketless, why are D.R.U.G.S. performing at even a smaller venue?
There's also three support bands before we are allowed to sample the goods.
As I wrote in my last review of this band, there looks to be a lack of press, although the band seem to be doing very well by word of mouth and on the Internet without them.
Well as it turns out the London show was added as a warm up for the K (Kerrang) Awards and the Download Festival. The show tonight is to be a little different as press invites were sent out to all but yours truly. Then all the left over tickets went public.
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The Intro tape starts and the crowd roar to life, the tune is recognized as 'The Only Thing You Talk About';
Singer Craig Owens sings "We all know..." and the crowd just sing the whole song. The energy is amazing as they go into the next song, 'Stop Reading And Do Push Ups'.
Craig gets the audience to jump up and down, bassist Adam Russell and the whole room follow suit. This is the late evening workout! At the end he thanks us for coming and tells us he loves these little intimate shows.
This brings us to the 'audience participation song' (I gotta laugh as if you have ever been to the show, they all seem to be...) Craig points his finger in the air and asks the crowd to shout "OH", then proceeds with a trial run which works. 'My Swagger Has A First Name'.
The song kicks off with stage right guitarist Nick Martin on vocals, and frontman Owens takes over for the chorus. D.R.U.G.S are having the time of their life with Nick falling into the crowd to be pushed back up on to the stage. The song finishes and Craig does a cheeky one and points in the air to get the crowd to go "OH. 'Lamented E.T. Animal'.
I love this song and always look forward to it live. When they play this the stage divers, in venues where there is room to get on stage, take over and Aaron (I can't stand still) Russell comes out for a wander into the audience. This evening, due to shoehorn conditions, Aaron came straight to the back of the room and jumped up on the bar, as usual no drinks spilt and not one note missed.
"This is our second show in London and I like getting to spend more time over here", says Craig, and then he goes on to say: "This next song means a lot to me. It's taken 26 years to figure out what I am. This song is about working for yourself not anybody else!" 'Grave Yard Dancing'.
"This Song is for people that can't mind their own business!" says Craig. 'Sex Life'.
The crowd starts singing the song with Craig and when Adam and Aaron kick in, Craig yells "Get the fuck up there!" and the whole crowd are jumping up and down once more.
When we get to the chorus Craig shouts "Sing it!" and even the freeloaders kick in. This is another amazing gig and I can't wait until they move it up to the bigger venues.
Nick introduces the next ditty... 'Mr Owl Ate My Metal Worm'.
We are thanked for an amazing, awesome show and told it means the world to the band. A cheeky girl shouts at Craig "get your shirt off". Mr Owens replies: "You want my shirt off, you take your shirt off!" The crowd go wild and Craig tells the the crowd they can all take their shirts off." Alright, hands in the air and into... 'Kiss And Tell'.
The band leave the stage to the chanting of "D.R.UG.S., D.R.U.G.S., D.R.U.G.S..."
Everybody knows what the next song is going to be as the band return to face a frenzied crowd brought to fever pitch by their music. How do you take it up to the next level?
They rip off their shirts. 'If You Think This Song Is About You'.
Well whatever Nirvanaa got blamed for, D.R.U.G.S are taking it to the next level.
Thank you to Live Nation, Joe the Barfly Stage Manager, D.R.U.G.S Backline Tech, and last but not least the band: Craig Owens - vocals, Nick Martin - guitar, Matt Good - guitar, Aaron Stein - drummer and Adam Russell - Bass.