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Happy record release day, Work Drugs! Listen to “Talking in Defense” from the new Method Acting

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Just in case you’re getting a head start on crafting a Labor Day Weekend playlist, Work Drugs have released another track off of their forthcoming Method Acting LP. “Talking in Defense” follows a handful of other singles from the record that have been popping up this month, showcasing a less overtly beachy vibe while still casting the feel-good songs in the classic Work Drugs filter.

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Smooth as silk: Listen to “Roll,” the new single from Work Drugs

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Philly smooth-fi yachtrockers and summer popsters Work Drugs have released another single from their forthcoming LP. It’s the fourth song to come from the band this year, keeping them busy since the release of Louisa last August. But unlike the previous single “Summer ’92 (Forever Forever),” this latest track deviates from the summery vibe that Work Drugs so often emits. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans x Work Drugs release groovy remix of “Dance (Get Off Your Ass)”

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson | courtesy of the artist

Queen of Jeans have teamed up with Benjamin Louisiana of electro-pop outfit Work Drugs for a remix of the former’s debut single “Dance (Get Off Your Ass).” The original track was a bombshell of an introduction to the local then-trio, which features a former member of Work Drugs, landing them on a list of our best local discoveries of 2015.

The reworked version below takes the retro poppiness of the original and puts it through some groovy filters. Thanks to some accenting piano work and subtle percussion additions, the vibe changes from surf pop to yacht pop, and you’ll definitely still want to dance.  Check it out below and see Queen of Jeans at Johnny Brenda’s tomorrow night.

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Work Drugs’ Holiday Spectacle brings Johnny Brenda’s a little closer

Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

Kississippi, Kate Faust and Work Drugs brought a crowded Johnny Brenda’s a little closer to the holidays last Saturday night, for the latter’s Fifth Annual Holiday Spectacle. The three homegrown bands offered pop music ranging from buoyant Beach Boys-y vocals to electronic beats to somber bare-bones electro-folk. Continue reading →

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Listen to a summery new song from Work Drugs, “Minor Flaws”

Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Summertime synth poppers Work Drugs have been tossing out catchy tracks for their upcoming album, Louisa, like it’s nothing. Their latest, “Minor Flaw” opens with an 80s pop sound that is immediately captivating. The well-worked combination of sunny riffs and just the right amount of reverb come together perfectly alongside lyrics like “like a prayer that I used to remember or just a reason to keep me hanging on.” You can catch Work Drugs playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Tutlie, and The Chairman Dances. Tickets are still available, more information at the XPN Concert Calendar; you can check out “Minor Flaws” below. Continue reading →