Canton, Ohio band Lovedrug is preparing for a very busy summer. In a recent interview with MishMash Magazine leader singer/guitarist Michael Shepard noted, “We’re gonna tour in June and July, put out two more EPs, record a full length record, get a new record deal, move to Nashville, start our own line of sausage links and take over the world starting with Ireland. But, not in that specific order possibly.”
Now label-free, the band is releasing a series of three EPs as they continue to write the upcoming HiFi album. EP – PART I is out now on Vinyl, CD and digital format. All formats, including a limited edition package, are available directly from the band through www.Lovedrugmusic.com.
In the meantime, fans can listen to brand new tracks for free at www.NoiseTrade.com/lovedrug.
Playing Bamboozle at the Meadowlands in New Jersey on May 2 alongside Weezer, Minus the Bear, and MGMT, Lovedrug will also hit the road on a headlining tour with All The Day Holiday supporting, after a couple of one-off shows with The Early Hours, and Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders respectively.
Having previously shared stages with artists as diverse as The Killers, Robert Plant, Switchfoot, Sam Phillips, Creeper Lagoon, Eisley, and Matchbook Romance, Lovedrug drew nationwide attention with two independent EPs in 2003 and 2004, followed by the highly acclaimed debut full-length Pretend You’re Alive in July 2004 on indie The Militia Group (Sony). The fastest selling debut in label history, Militia upstreamed the band to parent label Columbia Records for a planned re-release in March 2005 around the radio single “Spiders”. Though unrelated corporate purging at Columbia left many plans stillborn, Lovedrug toured heavily and increased its fanbase.
Now with new music dubbed by many as Lovedrug’s best work to date, the stage is set; this ain’t a comeback; it’s a breakthrough in the making.
Catch Lovedrug on tour:
May 2 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle in Meadowlands (w/ Weezer, Minus The Bear, MGMT)
May 6 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ The Early Hours
May 7 – West Chester, PA @ The Note w/ Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders
May 8 – Boston, MA @ HOUSE SHOW
May 9 – Altoona, PA @ HOUSE SHOW
May 14 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati) @ Radiodown w/ All The Day Holiday
June 9 – Knoxville, TN @ HOUSE SHOW (Lovedrug only)
June 10 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery (w/ ATDH, others)
June 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (w/ ATDH, others)
June 12 – Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth (w/ ATDH, others)
June 13 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum (w/ ATDH, others)
June 15 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree (w/ ATDH, others)
June 16 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge (w/ Bear Colony, ATDH)
June 17 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s (w/ Bear Colony, ATDH)
June 18 – Houston, TX @ Mango’s (w/ ATDH, others)
June 19 – Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar (w/ ATDH, others)
June 21 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory (w/ ATDH, others)
June 22 – Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Café (w/ ATDH, others)
June 23 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird (w/ ATDH, others)
June 24 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (w/ ATDH, others)
Get tickets to their shows here.
For more information on Lovedrug see www.myspace.com/lovedrug.