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Work Drugs dig up old ’80s MTV footage for new “Heaven or Farewell”

Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis
Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis

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.

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Download a new Work Drugs song, “Time”

Work Drugs Insurgents 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.

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Review: A Very Work Drugs Christmas at Johnny Brenda’s on Saturday

Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis
Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis

When you think of Christmas music, Philly smooth-wave band Work Drugs might not immediately come to mind—with their glistening, seductive beats and lyrics inspired by boating. Yet consider it from a different angle—that Christmas is about relaxing, and spending time with loved ones—and it’s actually a perfect fit. No one inspires laidback grooving, or indulgent prancing, quite like Work Drugs, and swaying along to their sparkling beats with a whiskey in hand and good friends at your side feels like the perfect celebration indeed.

And so it went Saturday night at Johnny Brenda’s, when the band hosted their second annual Christmas spectacle and an evening of feel-good vibes. Outside, a storm raged on, but inside the air felt warm and inviting, as the band sang, danced, and shook their way through an hour of lustrous chillwave, drawn from their massive discography.

A duo at its core, the band’s live line-up included five, and sometimes six musicians, whose sultry back-up vocals floated through the air like snowflakes. Tunes like “West Coast Slide” and “Boogie Lights” inspired the dance moves for which they were named…and by the time the band reached its new holiday tune “Never Gonna Be Alone on Christmas,” the venue was filled with dancing couples, drunk on positive energy (and maybe a few beers.)

The band closed its set with a cover of Darlene Love’s “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” that proved as powerful as it was danceable—before ending finally with “License to Drive.” Leaving the venue that night the air was still frigid…but filled with the holiday spirit, I confess I barely noticed.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Anthony Green at Union Transfer, Yah Mos Def at Boot & Saddle, Work Drugs at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Anthony Green | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green plays a solo hometown show tonight at Union Transfer.  Green released his third solo record Young Legs last month, which was recorded with Will Yip at his Conshohocken studio.  The Key profiled Young Legs in an Unlocked segment during the release week, talking with Green about his creative process, how Sinatra influenced the record and how he’s matured over his decade-plus career.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Watch the video for “Young Legs” below.

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Merry Christmas from Work Drugs: download “Never Gonna Be Alone On Christmas” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 6.36.53 AM Merry Christmas from Work DrugsWork Drugs. To celebrate the holiday season, the band has released their first ever Christmas song, “Never Gonna Be Alone On Christmas.” Tom and Ben from the band weigh in:

To celebrate our upcoming Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s and the Michael McDonald holiday show at the Keswick, we decided to write our own little sedative pop single to generate some holiday spirit. We hope you enjoy it… and just remember… you’ll never be alone on Christmas as long as you have your drug of choice. Stay warm and stay smooth.

Below, download the song and watch the video. Mark you calendars for Saturday, December 14th, as WXPN Welcomes A Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s featuring The City And Horses, Teen Men, and DJ Young Mariah Carey.

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Check out Teen Men’s trippy debut video for “Hiding Records” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

TeenMen2Members of the Spinto Band are taking a new spin on their psychedelic pop sound in a new project called Teen Men. Consisting of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, the Teen Men duo collaborated with visual artists Catharine Maloney (photographer) and Albert Birney (filmmaker) to create a trippy video for their debut single “Hiding Records” which is a teaser to their forthcoming EP. Although the video is supposed to resemble a midnight dance party at Peewee’s Playhouse, the flashing images give off more of an Across The Universe vibe with a happier demeanor. Check out the video below to see how you feel after. Mark your calendars for Dec. 14th to see Teen Men perform at Johnny Brenda’s with Work Drugs. All show details can be found here.

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Download a new Work Drugs song, “Chemical Burns” (playing Johnny Brenda’s 12/14)

work drugsWith their Christmas Spectacle on the concert calendar and a new record called Insurgents planned for release in early 2014, you had to know Work Drugs would begin teasing new songs eventually. Their latest, “Chemical Burns,” follows in the four-on-the-floor, big-beat direction of “Young Lungs” and “West Coast Slide,” the singles from their previous LP Mavericks. It’s uptempo and body moving, but unlike those futuristic jammers, this song blends a bit of the old with the new, commingling the glossy new wave fixations of Work Drugs past with the nightclub-ready vibe of their current sound. In the end, it doesn’t fall tremendously far from the Work Drugs tree, but that’s fine, since it’s a totally fun slice of digital pop. Download it and check out the video below, and get more information on the Work Drugs Christmas Spectacle at Johnny Brenda’s on December 14th with Teen Men and The City And Horses at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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