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D.R.U.G.S. Bassist Reflects on Their Raucous First Year Together

Chris Epting

Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – aka D.R.U.G.S. – have made a lot of noise their first year.

With a ton of touring already under their belt, a debut album that hit number one on the hard rock chart, and a fervently addicted fan base, D.R.U.G.S. hot definitely gotten into people’s systems.

Bassist Adam Russell spoke to Noisecreep in Carson, Calif. just outside of Los Angeles where the Warped tour was parked at a local college. In a quiet courtyard, on a soft green lawn away from the din of the music, he described why he thinks his post-hardcore supergroup had made the connection.

How has this Warped tour worked out for the band?

Amazing. Personally, it’s my sixth. Obviously my first with D.R.U.G.S. On one hand it feels like my sixth, but it another it feels like my first. I feel like we’re still paying our dues in D.R.U.G.S., bouncing around on different stages, playing to a lot of kids that may have yet to hear our record – so it’s exciting. And Warped is like the most unique tour of all so it’s good for us to go through it together at this point. Warped challenges you as a band and I think you always come out better and stronger.

What’s this first year together proven to you?

It ‘s proven to me that each member chosen for this band was the right one. When the band was put together, the goal was to create a group of guys that had enough talent and experience that nothing could be thrown at us that we couldn’t handle. We’ve all been in signed bands, playing music and touring a lot for close to a decade. We get it. And this tour especially has proven that all the right guys are in place. We can handle anything. The right pieces are in place which rally gets me excited about what next year will bring.

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What’s after Warped for D.R.U.G.S.?

Well we found yesterday that Soundwave Revolution in Australia was cancelled. So I’m super bummed. I was going to get to see Van Halen seven times.! I’m also bummed because I love playing in Australia so much. But we may still go and play a club tour there with some bigger shows mixed in.

Has it been fun playing the new record live?

It’s been awesome. It’s what any band can hope for. You make a record that you love, that sounds good, and that you’re pleased with. Then you go out and take the songs to the next level. Every song seems to translate live. The kids are going apesh–. They’re singing louder than ever. Especially the core fan base. They’re so dedicated, so in love with these songs, we couldn’t ask for anymore.

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How different is D.R.U.G.S. for you than Story of the Year, or other bands you’ve been in?

It’s radically different than any other band I’ve been in. The way we interact is different. The dynamics are different because it’s a band that was put together based on all the lessons we’ve learned from everything else we’ve done. We’re not figuring it all out as we go along anymore. I mean, you always do to a degree. But we’ve learned a lot of lessons in our musical lives and in D.R.U.G.S. we can put them all to the test.

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