Our resident purveyors of tropical, summer vibes, Work Drugs have released “Free to Roam,” the second song off of its forthcoming Runaways LP. The album will be out this October and marks the Philly band’s eighth full-length in half as many years. Co-leaders “Ben Louisiana” and “Tom Crystal” tap into their beach-bred roots on the song, capturing the romanticized ideas that swirl around escaping everyday responsibilities by spontaneously hitting the road. Check it out below and grab a free download via Soundcloud.
“Double Life” is a new single by Work Drugs from their forthcoming album, Runaways, due in the Fall. Work Drugs recently talked with The Key’s Kate Bracaglia for our first Summertime Sips and Summertime Sounds feature in which the band talked about their favorite summer music and summer drinks and generally about why the summertime rules in general.
It’s clear that even though Work Drugs have lots of time in the summer to make awesome summer music playlists and spend time on their yacht, they clearly have been busy in the studio. The band are heading out for a short summer tour that begins in Philly Thursday night, July 10th at Johnny Brenda’s.
Below, download “Double Life,” and be sure to watch the video for some captivating shots of “Double Life” screen stars.
I was born in the summer and it’s always been my favorite season. There’s nothing I love more than wearing shorts, and swimming, and watching the sun set at 9 p.m. To me, summer vibes are those perfect summer experiences that make you feel happy to be alive—like lounging at Morgan’s Pier, drinking a Watermelon Ricky, or hanging at Cantina with an Endless Summer Margarita, or boating down the Bohemia River listening to “My Girl” by the Temptations. (I admit many of these involve alcohol).
For me, summer vibes are always tied to music. When asking myself: is this a summer jam? I tend to consider one question: is this something I would want to listen to while on a boat? If the answer is yes, it goes on my Summer Playlist.
Here are some examples of great summer jams: “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” by the Looking Glass, pretty much anything by Steely Dan. On the modern front, there’s Tennis, and Mayer Hawthorne, and Octopus, by The Bees (seriously this record will make you feel like you’re on a lake in England somewhere) and literally dozens of local bands, running the gamut from breezy island grooves to summer-in-the-city bangers.
This summer, I decided to tap into my musical connections and explore summer vibes with some of the bands soundtracking my June through September. In this spot, I’ll meet with some of my fave summer music creators, to do quintessentially summer things, drink quintessentially summer drinks, and talk about why summer rules (and the other seasons drool).
For my first endeavor, I decided to meet up with Work Drugs, whose sun-drenched jams are practically made for late-night beach parties, the taste of salt-water taffy on your lips, and the wind in your hair.
We meet up on a warm, humid day, the air thick and suffocating, the sky looking like it might start pouring at any second. In retrospect, it’s the quintessential summer day, even though we like to imagine summer as all sunshine and cool breezes.
We hang out for about 3 hours—Matt (my bf) and I have rented a car for just 1 hour, because I think the interview will be “super quick.” It is not—but it’s an awesome time. Continue reading →
Work Drugs have taken an athemic overly sweet and sentimental pop song by Tegan and Sara, “I Was A Fool,” and have given it the “John Hughes” remix touch.
we reworked the tegan and sara track – i was a fool, we were trying to make it a song out of a john hughes movie from around 1985-87.
Truth be told, either version of the song would have been a perfect addition to the soundtracks to Hughes’ films like Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles. Work Drugs retro fit the remix with their stylish synths and drum machines to nicely capture the essence of what was the best – and worst – moments of the Eighties.
Below, download Work Drugs’ remix of “I Was A Fool,” watch the accompanying video made up of clips from classic John Hughes’ movies, and listen to the original song by Tegan and Sara. Work Drugs have entered the song into a remix competition at Indaba Music. if you’re so inclined, vote for the song here.
New Zealand-based musical mainstay Neil Finn has gone more experimental than ever before. The singer/songwriter (and Crowded House co-founder) released his latest album, Dizzy Heights in February, and the album features just a little bit of everything. Sounds of airplanes flying overhead, whistling, synthesizers and groovy guitar lines are interwoven in a somehow cohesive 11-song LP. Though the musician’s known for his unique sound, his latest takes it to a new level. Finn plays tonight at Keswick Theater with openers Midlake who performed a Free at Noon today. Tonight’s show starts at 7 p.m. and the $35 tickets can be purchased here.
“Half Love” is the latest single from Philly’s Work Drugs, from their recent album Insurgents. It’s not a live recording, but “Half Love” starts out with audience cheering that fades quickly into an 80′s synth-pop driven near anthem, where Work Drugs channel their inner Steve Winwoood circa “While You See A Chance.” Download the song below and check out the video featuring footage of a young Michael J. Fox from the movie Teen Wolf. Work Drugs start a short six city tour and play Boot & Saddle tomorrow, Friday night, April 11th with Teen Men. Go here for more information.
Electro-pop outfit and visual stimulators Teen Men released a new music video for the track “The Sea, The Sea” and, not surprisingly, it’s wonderfully bizarre and trippy as hell.
The video – directed by Sylvio Bernardi - dances between color and black and white, animate and inanimate, with a balding figurine riding the waves of the drudgery of life before escaping to his dreams, eventually being pulled away by a live person in a guerrilla costume (credited as Herbert Herpels). If this makes absolutely no sense, that’s probably the point. Visual art has a funny way of making sense of things that words simply cannot. This is one of those instances.
Teen Men – comprised of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson of The Spinto Band, and joined by visual artists Catharine Maloney and Albert Birney – play Boot & Saddle this Friday, Aprill 11 with Work Drugs. The show kicks off their spring tour. Get tickets and info for the 21+ show here. Watch the video below, and download the entire EP for free on the Teen Men Bandcamp page.
Lee Porter has a fascination for two things: film-making, and local folk scene mainstay David Falcone’s monstrous beard.
Sprinkled in with a bit of comedy, he’s combined the two together, somehow convincing Falcone, who frequently plays World Cafe Live, and his facial hair to make his acting debut in a three-minute webisode called “Sales” (about shaving, who would have guessed?) for Porter’s series, My Ruined Life.
In the episode, actor Nathan Holt tries to sell shaving cream for the company he works for by targeting random passer-bys in a park.
Holt remains unsuccessful, but the comedic aspect of the short begins when Falcone enters the shot.
Dressed casually, he walks up to Holt and stands with his massive beard and long, fluffed locks of hair, staring at Nate and camera. End scene, cue laughter.
And though this is Falcone’s first acting performance, it isn’t Porter’s first time behind the camera.
“This is my baby,” Porter said. “This is my project I started myself.”
He gathered a group of four actors along with animators, musicians and more together to form the series in 2011. Now, the group is in their third season, releasing a new three-minute short every Sunday at 5 p.m. The plot now stars two characters, Brian and Eric, played by actors Brian Cowden and Eric Wunsch who meet up after work on a various park benches in the Philadelphia area to comedically discuss “their ruined lives.”
To keep things exciting, Porter started reaching out to Philly musicians during the second season. Continue reading →
Dream pop duo Work Drugs turned to mini-skirts and halter tops for the depiction of “Heaven or Farewell” from their new album Insurgents. Solely comprised of old Club MTV (MTV’s version of American Bandstand) footage, the new clip shows enthusiastic dancing and late ’80s fashion accompanied by the band’s dance anthem. In regard to the new video, the band jokes: “We have unearthed a rare treat from 1985 when Work Drugs originally started off as the house band for CLUB MTV (1985-1989)”. Watch below and get tickets to their show at Boot and Saddle on April 11th here.
Work Drugs have announced their new album, Insurgents, and have shared the first song, “Time,” from the album. The song has all the qualities we’ve come to love about the Work Drugs sound: heavy melodies, yacht rock inspired, bouncy swirls of keyboards, the guitar lines that sneak up into the mix to pull you in even further, all ballasted by smooth, head nodding mid-tempo pulse. Download it below. About the new project, Work Drugs’ Ben Louisiana and Thomas Crystal say “Time is a song about finding new love. Insurgents is an album about finding your place.” Pre-order the album here.