Interview: Drug The Kids
Mon, 15 Jul 2013 16:41:15
"You never know what you're going to get when we play," says Drug The Kids drummer Zach Wood.
That unpredictability carries over to the band's recorded output as well. The California quartet fuses punk energy, alternative rock inventiveness, and pop prowess. Boasting this inimitable sound, the group remains one of the refreshing outfits to emerge from SoCal in over a decade. They're everything a rock 'n' roll band should be—and more. Meet one of the exciting young acts on the scene…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Drug The Kids talk their music and movement and more.
Drug The Kids has its own identity.
Seth: That's definitely true. It's funny you said that. We're capturing more of a younger sound on new songs like "77 Dream".
What's the story behind that song?
Ivan: We went with a different idea. Seth and I are typically always on the computer writing out things. I started out the music. It had a different feel. I wrote out the bass line for it, and it gave it this doo wop feel. With the melodies over it, it transformed into a Drug The Kids sound.
Seth: It's really groovy. Lyrically, it's about mishaps in relationships. The story takes place. You wake up one day realizing that you're in this love-hate relationship. Originally, it started out as a song about being in love with a fool who's in love with a fool so we're all fools for you. We took out that hook. It's actually really interesting when you hear it. It's got a pretty melody, but then it drops the F-bomb in there for shock value. The name of the band itself is a bit shocking. When we tell a lot of people, they don't know how to react to it.
What does the name mean to you?
Seth: For me personally, I grew up in a religious home. I think you can be drugged with anything. Religion is a drug. Politics is a drug. Television is a drug. They say television is harder to kick than heroin for modern day kids [Laughs]. Alcohol is a legal drug, but it's had a detrimental effect on us as a society. There are so many different things we are drugging kids with these days. We want to have a positive message in our music and really get across whatever life experiences we've had growing up and what we've learned from them. Anytime I've listened to music, I've always tried to learn from those experiences they've communicated lyrically. I've always felt music that way. We want to drug kids with music and a positive message.
Is it important for you to tell stories and paint pictures with the songs?
Seth: It wasn't always that way, but it's developed into more of a storytelling thing nowadays. People want to hear a good story. It's something you can picture in your head.
What bands shaped you guys?
Seth: For all of us, it's really different and cool. Melodically, I think it's The Beatles, Bush, The All-American Rejects, and Nirvana. Those are my melody influences.
Ivan: I still play the same old records I've always listened to. It starts with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. As far as new music goes, I've always been into Rage Against the Machine and The All-American Rejects as well as Mutemath and some Hoobastank. Mars Volta has played a big part in my influences. I look up to a lot of these guitar heroes.
Zach: Until I joined Drug The Kids, I was mostly into metal like Slipknot and Attack Attack!. It was a lot of heavy metal bands that hit really hard. That's part of my influence with the drums I play because I hit really hard. I've also got to say Shannon Larkin from Godsmack and Scott Phillips from Alter Bridge and Creed. They were big influences. Since I joined Drug The Kids, I've played more of an alternative style. The bands who have influenced me in that way are All Time Low, The All-American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, and other artists like that.
How important is tapping into that raw energy while recording?
Seth: It's funny you asked. We definitely want to capture that as a band. As a live project, we like to entertain and be high energy on stage. We all have a different style live.
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