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 →
Philadelphia electro pop quartet Work Drugs have just released the first new single from their forthcoming album, Louisa, due this summer. “Chase The Night” is a sparkling, dreamy anthem where the rebellious youth in you will want to throw your fist in the air as they belt out lyrics about being young and messing things up. Continue reading →
Last Friday, seasonal cheer arrived at Boot & Saddle early in the form of Work Drugs’ annual “Christmas Spectacle” show. Their brand of electro rock was just right for a Friday night boogie in South Philly. Santa hats, Christmas songs old and new (including a few of their own concoctions) and a balanced mix of guitar, keyboards and harmonies were received with open arms. Continue reading →
Philly electropop group Work Drugs released a new track for this holiday season called “Nicholas.” Utilizing waves of synthesizers and drifting vocals in the usual Work Drugs fashion, it keeps classic with drums accented with jingle jangle tambourines and sleigh bells. The song is an upbeat reminder of the important things and surely a nice break from the usual Christmas tunes that are repeated incessantly throughout December. Continue reading →
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.