The Newest Noise for Your Listening Pleasure! | By Nicholas Senior
Modern Medicine | Sept. 27 | Indecision Records
RIYL: Clinical trials. “Drugs are bad, m’kay.” D.A.R.E.
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New Jersey is crawling with Big Pharma for whatever historical reason but likely due to its proximity to New York City and better roads system. Sure, the pharmaceutical industry has its many justified detractors along with a few positive attributes, but it’s unlikely that growing up in Pharma’s backyard has convinced School Drugs of any of its benefits.
“Drugs extend past pills and doctors, though,” vocalist Josh Jurk expands. “We self-medicate with anything and everything: politics, religion, our own thoughts and ideas. I wanted to bring forth what we truly use today as modern medicine.”
That’s just fine—just say no, kids!—if it means the band will keep pumping out such potent, fiery hardcore punk. The Black-Flag-esque power they harness is infectious to the point of needing medical intervention, yet Modern Medicine feels almost polished, so purified that School Drugs must have put themselves through a harsh self-regulatory process rivaled only by the FDA.
“I really wanted to overproduce the shit out this record,” Jurk explains, “not in the sense of throwing unnecessary bits and pieces at the wall but taking the time to flesh out something cohesive and whole.”
Top photo by Keith Marlowe